Young Adult Job Seekers

Young Adults: Train in Healthcare, IT, Security, Culinary, Media, Business, Transportation & MORE!

Out-of-School does not mean out of opportunity.

Young adults up to age 24 who are not attending school and meet one or more additional eligiblity conditions can apply to participate in Workforce Alliance Youth programs FREE of charge. Job coaching, skills training, credentials and job placement are included!

To APPLY: Contact Program directly. Class start dates and enrollment dates vary. Young adults living throughout South Central CT are encouraged to apply.

Workforce Alliance funds the following for out-of-school youth:


Program Contact: Barbara Green (203) 498-6848

Based in Hamden, CT, ACES provides out-of school youth with disabilities, ages 17-24, with training that leads to employment opportunities in the food service industry. Includes ServSafe training and certification; culinary training taught by an experienced special education vocational instructor and former restaurant owner Chef Jeffrey Arnold; paid employment in a local food service business and in the youth-run culinary enterprise.

Children’s Community Program of CT - CNA, Home Improvement or Security Guard

Program Contact: Donnell Hilton (203) 786-6403 Ext. 150

Children’s Community Program of CT in New Haven assists with job search, job readiness, work experience and occupational skills training as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Improvement technician or Security guard. All youth will receive a work-based learning placement.

Community Renewal Team - Skills Training at Middlesex Community College

Program Contact: Julie Sapia-Bryant (860) 347-6924 Ext. 232

In collaboration with the Middlesex Community College, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, and Middletown Adult Education, CRT prepares for and places graduates into employment reflecting regional economic demand or job growth. Includes work readiness and vocational training. Youth who lack the basic educational background will receive Basic Education instruction in order to obtain a GED or High School Diploma. Post-secondary skills training is offered through Middlesex Community College including medical coding assistant, personal care attendant, certified nursing assistant, construction, emergency medical technician, precision manufacturing, and media production. Job placement assistance upon graduation.

Gateway Community College - Business Professional, Office Assistant or Transportation & Logistics Technician

Program Contact: Victoria Dancy, (203) 285-2298

Gateway Community College (GCC) in New Haven serves out-of-school youth who previously attended GCC but were designated as not making satisfactory academic progress and have not been retained in credit programming. Funding will provide these students, as well as students referred from partner high school(s) and adult education centers, with an option to attend GCC through The GREAT Center for non-credit workforce and basic skills training which leads to industry credential(s) and employment. All youth participate in work readiness and financial literacy workshops as a part of their overall training. Recognized credentials may be attained through the Business Professional, Office Assistant or Transportation & Logistics Technician training programs.

Higher Heights Youth Empowerment - Microsoft and CompTIA Certifications

Program Contact: Chaka Felder McEntire(203) 498-1087

Higher Heights Information Technology Certification Program offers the hands-on experiences students need in today’s information-based world. Training resources available through the Microsoft Academy Program will help the youth accrue technical certifications, gain an edge on IT jobs, and get a jump on employment and/or post-secondary placements. Program participants will have an opportunity to gain a maximum of three (3) industry standard certifications through the Information Technology Pathway. The program is based in New Haven and offers Microsoft certifications including Microsoft Office Specialist, CompTIA A+ and Network+.

TRI-TOWN COLLABORATIVE - HS Diploma or Equivalent and CNA

Program Contact: Julie Roebelen (203) 379-2567

Tri-Town Collaborative, a partnership of the Meriden, Middletown and Wallingford Adult Education offices, offers academic support and job readiness skills to cohorts from each town. Programming prepares youth for the world of work and/or post-secondary education while they are improving their academic skills. All students will receive one of the following credentials: a high school diploma through the Credit Diploma Program, a GED™, or a NEDP (National External Diploma Program). Youth already having a high school credential will, at a minimum, enter a community college certificate program and/or receive a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certificate and state license.

Women & Families Center - Skills Training at Middlesex & Gateway community colleges

Program Contacts: Tanesha Hunter (203) 235-9297 Ext. 131; Regina Cardona (203) 235-9297 Ext. 128

Women & Families Center Open DOHR program provides intake, assessment, case management and job placement services to participants receiving occupational skills training at Middlesex Community College (Meriden and Middletown campuses), Gateway Community College, and Middletown Adult Education. Training selections include Certified Nursing Assistant, Human Services Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Small Engine Repair Technician or Computer Technician. For those youth completing occupational skills training, work experiences will be developed and take place at work-sites in and around Greater Meriden, Middletown, New Haven and other towns where participants may reside or travel.