News Release Nov. 7, 2011

HCC To Offer PCT Program
Two Funding Sources Available
Classes Start 12/6

Housatonic Community College next month is offering two non-credit Patient Care Technician courses.

The PCT Program, which adds another layer of skills to those earned in a Certified Nurse’s Aide program, prepares students to perform patient-care activities that include such things as lab tests, electrocardiograms, simple dressing changes, phlebotomy, and physical and occupational therapy. Two funding sources are available: the Connecticut Jobs Bill and the Workforce Investment Act.

Offering these programs reflects HCC’s commitment to preparing students for careers that are in demand. When so many people are looking for jobs and career changes, this program, among many others offered by HCC, supports the college’s workforce development focus in concert with the Governor’s initiatives.

The training offers a career-ladder pathway that will enable interested people, including unemployed individuals and underemployed health-care workers, to develop the skills necessary to seek higher-level positions in health-care facilities.

Each course will accept up to seven students who qualify for jobs bill grant funds.  Those funds will cover tuition, books, supplies, and the fee for the National Certification Exam, which will be offered at the college as part of the program.

In addition, students who qualify for Workforce Investment Act funds can take the course, as well as private-pay students. WIA aid also covers tuition, books, supplies, and the fee for the National Certification Exam. There are only 20 available seats for each course.

The creation of the PCT program addresses a growing demand for these medical professionals, Kuchmas said. More and more health-care facilities are looking for skilled individuals trained as a PCT, and hospitals are beginning to change their patient-care models to offer quality nursing skills and enhance customer service.

A new CNA/PCT Lab at HCC accommodates the program. The lab enables students to practice the skills learned in class.

For more information about the PCT course, call Continuing Education 203-332-5057. For information about the funding sources and how to apply, call Nestor Leon at The Workplace at (203) 610-8556 or

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <> <> .

HCC 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 Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.