Asnuntuck’s Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Eileen Peltier, hosted December’s edition of “Changing Lives.”  Her guests were Gary Carra, ACC Business and Industry Coordinator; Sue Passini, ACC Massage Therapy Instructor; and Andrew Pappas, ACC Real Estate instructor.

Carra described the programs and services Asnuntuck offers to employers of any size.  This affordable, high-quality training can take place at the employer’s site or on-campus, during the day, evening or on the weekend.  Examples of recent training that demonstrate the variety of available topics include a “mini-MBA” program, business writing classes, blueprint reading and conflict management.  Carra works with employers to identify their most pressing needs and then has instructors customize training to meet those needs, often while leveraging funds from the state to further reduce the cost to the employer. Contact Carra at (860) 253-3128 or

Passini spoke about the Massage Therapy program at Asnuntuck that prepares students to take the exam to become a licensed Massage Therapist.  The Asnuntuck program costs thousands less than other local massage therapy schools.  As of this writing, 100% of the college’s Massage Therapy program-completers have passed the exam to get their license.   The program provides students with 100 hours of hands-on practice in a spa-like setting at the college at which members of the public can access one-hour massages from students for just $25 – no tipping! Contact Passini at (860)253-3081 or at

Pappas talked about the Real Estate courses available at the college for people interested in becoming a professional realtor, specifically Real Estate Principles and Practices, which is the real estate salesperson and broker pre-licensing course required by the State of Connecticut. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the real estate business for those interested in learning more about this exciting industry. Pappas has been in the real estate business for more than two decades and has a wealth of knowledge to share with his students.

Contact Jessica Poirer ( (860) 253-3066 with any additional questions.  Asnuntuck’s “Changing Lives” program is produced by volunteers and airs on PATV 15 on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. It can also be viewed online by going to the website – Asnuntuck Changing Lives. Visit for more information on programs.