Connecticut community colleges in the North-West region, including Asnuntuck Community College, provide short-term workforce training that prepares students for increased employment opportunities in growing fields, while meeting employers’ needs to fill positions in areas that are currently in high demand.   


“I strongly encourage those who have been affected by the pandemic to enroll at a community college to gain the skills they need to quickly transition to a new career,” said Dr. James Lombella, North-West regional president of the Connecticut Community Colleges, noting that employers often offer tuition reimbursement for employees to continue their education and climb the ladder of advancement within their organizations. “Our Workforce Development departments work closely with state and community partners to develop the right training programs to meet industry demand.”    


Many of the North-West community colleges have more course sections and accelerated programs that can be completed in less time.   “Asnuntuck has already been successful during the pandemic in training many students for new careers and employment as pharmacy technicians, sterile processing technicians and professional medical coders,” said Asnuntuck Community College CEO Dr. Michelle Coach.     


Asnuntuck Community College has immediate program offerings that can help students find a new career or advance your current career.  The college is offering hands-on programs on campus, so students will have the experience they need to be competitive for available positions.  The North-West region’s internships and externships help students experience the job they want and potentially be hired before they graduate.


Basma Belal completed the Certified Professional Coding program at Asnuntuck last fall, passed the AAPC exam, and got a job. She said the training she received prepared her for her new job. Belal studied medicine in Egypt and came to the United States six years ago. She said she would recommend the program to others. “My instructor was Mrs. Mercella Bingham. She is amazing and she is the reason I love coding. She was a mentor to me. I appreciate everything she did for me.”


Programs offered at Asnuntuck include, Hospital Patient Care Technician, Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Interpreter, Ophthalmic Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Registered Medical Assistant and Sterilization Technician.


 In addition to healthcare, the college also offer programs in the growing fields of IT and manufacturing, which have many job openings.    


Registration for workforce programs in health care at Asnuntuck is ongoing. For more information, call 860.253-3034 or email For information on manufacturing and IT programs, call 860.253.3012 or


Approximately 11,000 credit and continuing education students are registered this spring in the CT North-West regional community colleges, which include Asnuntuck (Enfield), Naugatuck Valley (Danbury and Waterbury), Northwestern CT Community Colleges (Winsted) and Tunxis (Farmington) Community Colleges.