Aug. 7, 2012


‘The College of Possibilities’

Classes Start Aug. 29

BRIDGEPORT – If you’re thinking of a college career, think Housatonic.

Offering some 70 degree and certificate programs, Housatonic is the college of possibilities. These programs can prepare you for a career after graduation – or a transfer to a four-year college or university. Tuition for a full-time student next semester is an affordable $1,596. Compared to tuition at four-year colleges, this represents a considerable savings.

Degree and certificate programs include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing. HCC’s new Regional Advanced Manufacturing Center offers an Advanced Manufacturing Program that will prepare students for positions in the emerging field of high-tech manufacturing. These positions include machine operator, CNC (Computer Numeric Control) operator, CNC programmer, assembler, and Quality Control inspector. These jobs can pay in the $15-$20 per-hour range.

  • Business Administration. As companies are challenged in an increasingly global marketplace, those that have a highly trained workforce conversant with the latest technology and business practices will gain the competitive edge. HCC’s business programs, including those in business office technology that are listed below, can give students the education and training in these areas. The Business Administration program provides the student with the basic general business knowledge necessary to start a business career. Options are available in Customer Service/Marketing, Finance, Global Business, Management, Human Resource Management, and Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship. Certificates are available in Customer Service/Marketing and Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship.

  • Business Office Technology. HCC’s two-year Executive Assistant degree program, which is more managerial than secretarial, can lead to jobs paying in the $30,000-$40,000-per-year range. Other HCC business office technology options include the Word/Information Processing Specialist associate degree program, the Word/Information Processor certificate program, and the Administrative Support Assistant program.

  • Computer Information Systems. A good computer information systems program should offer you a blend of the practical and the academic. It should include technical courses that prepare you for jobs in the field, as well as academic courses that can serve as a foundation for a four-year degree. HCC’s Computer Information Program fills this bill. Business Information Systems and Web Development degrees are also available. While earning an associate degree, you can also earn a certificate in related specialties, which can help you obtain temporary or part-time jobs while you continue your education. Related certificates include PC Applications, Personal Computer Repair Technology and Web Design Technology.

  • Accounting. This program provides students with basic accounting knowledge necessary for an entry-level position in that area. An Accounting for Small Business Management program is also available, as is a certificate in Accounting for Small Business.

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant. The aging of the population, fed by the first wave of Baby Boomers approaching retirement, ensures that the need for OTAs will increase over the years. OTAs can make in the $48,000-per-year range right out of college.

  • Human Services. These are called the helping professions. They are for people who enjoy helping others through the fields of counseling rehabilitation, mental health and social work. The federal Department of Health and Human Services is the country’s largest employer of health services professionals and the largest portion of the state’s budget goes to health and human services. For this reason, human services professionals are in demand. Many human services majors are like star basketball players: They get hired even before they graduate. HCC offers certificate programs in Children and Youth Mental Health, Disabilities Specialist, and two Behavioral Health Care tracks.

  • Theater Arts. A good theater arts program should prepare you for the next step in your theatrical career, whether it’s onstage or backstage. For aspiring actors, it should offer training in physical and vocal expression, script analysis, and understanding how to create your character within the director's vision. For those who prefer working behind the scenes, it should offer courses in areas such as directing and stagecraft. HCC’s program meets this criteria.

Other degree programs include: Aviation Maintenance; Banking; College of Technology Pathway Program: Engineering Science, Technology Studies, Technology Studies: Electrical Option, Technology Studies: Industrial Technology Option; Criminal Justice; Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Education: Special Education; Fine Arts: Art Option; General Studies; Graphic Design; Graphic Design: Multi Media Option; Honors Program; Liberal Arts & Sciences: Computer Science, Humanities/Behavioral & Social Sciences, Journalism/Communications, Mathematics/Science, Pre-Engineering Science and Pre-Environmental Science; Nursing; Pathways to Teaching Careers; and Physical Therapist Assistant.
Certificate programs include: Business; Accounting for Small Business; Administrative Support Assistant; Property Management of Supportive and Affordability Housing; Retail Banking; Criminal Justice: Corrections, Criminal Investigation, Police Management and Administration; Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Education: Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), Infant/Toddler certificate; Early Childhood Education Preparation: Child Development Associate Preparation; English as a Second Language; Advanced English Proficiency; Graphic Design; Web Design Graphics Foundation; Health Career Pathways; and Math/Science: Electrical certificate.

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.

Registration for the Fall semester is going on now. Students may register at through Friday, Aug. 31 and by fax, mail, or dropping off a registration form and payment information in the drop box in Lafayette Hall through Friday, Aug. 17. Students may also register in person at the Registrar’s office (B109, Lafayette Hall), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., through Wednesday, Aug. 22. Formal late registration session will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 27, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. – Noon. For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088. Fall semester classes start Wednesday, Aug. 29..

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Anson C. Smith, Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229, Fax: 203-332-5247