BRIDGEPORT -- New degree and certificate choices will be available to new and continuing students next semester at Housatonic Community College.

Students will be able to enroll in a Pathway to Teaching Careers associate degree program as well as in Accounting for Small Business degree and certificate programs. In addition, a Psychology Transfer Concentration is available to students enrolled in the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities/Behavioral & Social Sciences Concentration. Also, Guaranteed Admission Program with the University of Connecticut has been expanded to include the School of Business.

The Pathway to Teaching Careers program offers students a strong foundation in both the liberal arts and in their chosen field of specialization. Students will be prepared to transfer to the teacher preparation program at Southern Connecticut State University where they can pursue a bachelor’s degree with secondary education certification in their area of specialization.

Areas of specialization include Biology, Chemistry, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Physics. These have been identified by the State Department of Education as having current and projected teacher shortages.

The growth of small business has been heralded as a key to ending the current recession. The Accounting for Small Business associate degree program is designed to prepare students for small-business careers as a full-charge bookkeeper or accounting assistant, and to prepare them to move up the career ladder.

The basic mechanics of bookkeeping and accounting theory are complemented by extensive study of computers and computer applications relative to the bookkeeping and accounting process.

The Accounting for Small Business certificate program covers bookkeeping principles and procedures as they relate to the accounting system of a small business. It focuses on the recording process, general and subsidiary ledger and financial statements, the preparation of bank reconciliations, payroll and payroll tax filings.

The Psychology Transfer Concentration provides a recommended sequence for students wanting to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in Psychology. The program parallels the core requirements for the first two years of most four-year colleges.

Under the UCONN GAP program, students wanting to pursue a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences <> , agriculture and natural resources <> or business <> are guaranteed admission to UCONN once they have received their  associate degree,  completed appropriate courses, and have met the minimum grades and requirements for the selected program. More information about the GAP program can be found at

The new academic programs join a roster of popular programs that include Criminal Justice. This associate degree program is designed to provide students with the professional knowledge, skills, and techniques required in the criminal justice field. Students may specialize in the following options: law enforcement, administration, corrections, investigation, and security and loss prevention.

Criminal Justice certificate programs are offered in the area of corrections, criminal investigation, police management and administration and security operations.

For more information about programs, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or visit our website at

Registration for the Fall semester is going on now. Prospective students may register in person (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) through Aug. 27; by fax, mail, or dropping off a registration form and payment information in the drop box in Lafayette Hall through Aug. 23, or online at <> . through Sept. 3. They may also attend formal late registration sessions, which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 26, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Friday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Classes start Monday, Aug. 30. For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088.