Academy For Human Service Training

Need a Job?

  • Are you at least 18?
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED?
  • Have or are eligible for a CT Drivers License?
  • Want to work with people?
  • Willing to work full-time?

If you answered yes, you could qualify for FREE TRAINING in Human Services

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.

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 18-24) 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.

Geographic Areas 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.

Information Sessions (no appointment required) 

Bridgeport: Every Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. 1057 East Main Street

Waterbury: Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. 2457 East Main Street


Contact Information:

Elise Quaranta
Vice President of Training & Staff Development
Phone: (203) 389-2970, Ext. 1307
Fax: (203) 397-0658

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

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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