Academy for Human Service Training

Description - The Academy for Human Service Training (AHST) prepares individuals for entry-level careers in the Human Service or Customer Service fields through a combination of classroom and hands-on training. The program provides occupational skills training, assistance with basic education needs, case management, as well as job placement and retention activities. Instructors for this program are typically managers or administrators in the human service field who have participated in Train the Trainer activities to be eligible to teach certification and other specialized course or who have the direct experience and knowledge about the topic being addressed. Follow up services are provided post-graduation for a minimum of 90 days up to 1 full year. Classes are held Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and generally operate on a 12-week cycle.

Geographic area covered - AHST sites are located in Bridgeport and Waterbury, Connecticut. Students may attend from any city or town as long as their local workforce investment board or other funding source approves one of these training locations.

Eligibility - To be eligible for the AHST, individuals must complete an application and onsite interview, meet the basic entry criteria for the program and the third party payer, and have secured funding from a third party payer. The AHST receives special contract funding for Out-of School Youth (ages 18-21) and individuals currently receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) through the area workforce development boards, including Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, and The WorkPlace, Inc. In addition, tuition may be paid for using an Individual Training Account (ITA) voucher from any One Stop Center in the state, as well as by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Worker's Compensation Commission, Board of Education and Services for the Blind, school boards and others. Each funding source has specific eligibility criteria. 

Contact Information:

Waterbury Academy – 2457 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT
(203) 754-5298, Fax: (203) 596-2871

Bridgeport Academy – 1057 East Main Street, Bridgeport, CT
(203) 338-0642, Fax: (203) 338-0654

Crystal Gordon, Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Administration Contacts

Gerry Zarra,  Vice President of Workforce Development Services 
Phone: (203) 389- 2970 Ext. 1303 Fax (203) 389-3927
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Mailing Address: Marrakech, Inc. Six Lunar Drive Woodbridge, CT 06525
Main Phone: (203) 389-2970 Main Fax: (203) 397-0658

Related Websites

Workforce Alliance:
Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board:
The WorkPlace, Inc.:
Connecticut Department of Labor, Eligible Training Provider List:
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services:
Board of Education and Services for the Blind:
Worker’s Compensation Commission:

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Marrakech Inc
Six Lunar Drive
Woodbridge, CT 06525
p: 203.389.2970
f: 203.397.0658

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