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Open DOHR Employment Training Program

The Open DOHR program serves individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, or lacking the necessary skills to compete in today’s job market. Open DOHR uses a comprehensive approach that focuses on the development of the whole person. Participants build skills and confidence while pursuing full time employment. All programs and services are free of charge to participants who meet the eligibility guidelines.

Who Is Eligible?
Open DOHR serves Out-Of-School youth ages 18-24 and low income adults living in the South Central Region of Connecticut. The South Central Region is made up of New Haven and Middlesex Counties. Specific training programs may have additional eligibility guidelines. Please contact program staff for more information.

Employers:  Open DOHR is always seeking new connections within the local business community. We provide qualified candidates to local employers and can custom design training programs to meet an employers' specific need.  We also encourage local businesses to participate as guest speakers, presenters and work experience sites.

Program Employment & Career Services:

  • Post–Secondary Education & Career Counseling
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Job Shadowing/Paid Work Experience
  • Resume & Job Search Assistance
  • Job Development & Job Placement Assistance
  • Job/Employability Skills Workshops
  • Basic Computer Application Classes
  • Math and Reading Tutor Services
  • College Tours and Job Fairs
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Dress for Success

Open DOHR  Training  Programs 2017-18


Out of School Youth Program (18 to 24 years old)

Certified Nursing Assistant - This can be your first step to a career in nursing or the medical field.  C.N.A.'s work closely with patients to provide hands-on care and promote independence.

Human Service Assistant - Prepare for entry level positions to determine, coordinate and provide support service to people in need.

Emergency Medical Technician - Prepare to become a nationally certified EMT. Entry level positions pay $15.00 or more per hour and EMTs can pursue education as a licensed paramedic to advance in the field.

Small Engine Repair & Technology- Prepare for occupations such as a small engine mechanic, technician for generators, snow blowers, lawn movers, tractors, personal watercraft and marine engines.

Computer Technician- Prepare for positions in the fields help desk services and technical support. Develop skills to understand both computer hardware and software as well as provide technical support to end users.



  Adult Education Programs

 Customer Service/I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training)- Prepare for employment or a career in the customer service field will improving basic skills and pursuing a GED or High School Credit Diploma.

 Family Literacy- English language learners will develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for employment, education, everyday communication.  Parents will learn with their children through fun interactive literacy activities.

 ESL/ Civics- Develop reading, reading, writing, listening, speaking and numeracy skills for employment, education and communication in English. Learn the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and prepare for U.S. Citizenship.


For additional information, please contact our program staff:

Patricia Damiani, Job Placement Coordinator

(203) 235-9297 ext 127

Crystal Carter, Adult Education Specialist 

(203) 235 -9297 ext 128

Tanesha Hunter, Director of Education & Training

(203) 235-9297 ext 131


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