For residents of affordable/supportive housing

Starts June 1

Housatonic Community College in June will offer a free Introduction to Property Management course.

The course, which introduces students to entry level jobs in areas such as desk clerk, offers interested students the first formal training that combined education and field-training opportunities to be successful in these areas. It is targeted to residents of affordable and supportive housing, which often offers these types of positions to residents.

“This course can be your first step to learn about different entry-level career positions in the affordable and supportive housing sector,” said Director of Continuing Education Debbie Kuchmas. “This course will introduce students to college education and will equip them with skills to obtain entry level employment.”

“The course, which is free and open to the first 20 students who qualify, provides a general introduction to the field, including an overview of the different types of multi-family affordable and supportive housing,” Kuchmas said. “At the same time, it provides students with an introduction to college study.”

The property management course will cover the major functions of property management, including specific responsibilities, usual practices, legal functions and issues, and confidentiality and other ethical concerns, she said. It will cover the demographics of different population groups living in subsidized housing, and the role of support service personnel in aiding at-risk tenants.

It also explores the different housing programs that pay for construction, rehabilitation and operating subsidies at the local, state and federal levels. The course was developed with the input of an advisory board made up of representatives from education, social service agencies, and the supportive and affordable housing industry.

The course will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 1-June 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 134 in Beacon Hall. Free lunch will be provided after every class.

An informational open house will be held Tuesday, May 12, 10 a.m. – noon in  Room 135, Beacon Hall.

For more information, or to obtain a registration packet containing all required forms for CE registration, call CE at 203-332-5057 or stop by C107 in Lafayette Hall.

Housatonic Community College is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte.8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.