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Open DOHR Employment Training

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 high school youth (Meriden residents), out-of-school youth ages 18-24 and adults English language learners, 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. 

       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
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. 

                 Out of School Youth Occupational Skills Training (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.


              RISE Programs (Grades 9-12) 


In School Youth Program (Juniors & Seniors)

  • Academic Coaching
  • Basic Reading and Math Tutoring
  • Math and Reading Tutor Services
  • College & Career Counseling
  • Paid Externships (Work Experience)
  • Job Development & Job Placement Assistance
  • Leadership and Community Service Activities

After School Program (Maloney & Platt High Schools)

Fun, interactive and project-based program with core focus areas in:

  • College & Career Readiness
  • Math & Science
  • Literacy
  • Health & Wellness
The program also incorporates enriching activities in media, arts, community service and recreation.
  • Offers Homework Help & Tutoring
  • Provides Daily Nutritious Snacks
Program Schedule:
  • Monday-Thursday
  • School Dismissal to 5:30 pm


                Adult Education Programs (ESL Classes)



 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:

Out of School Youth (18-24) Program

(203) 235-9297 ext 127

RISE Programs (High School Youth)

(203) 235-9297 ext 133

Adult ESL Programs

(203) 235 -9297 ext 128

Tanesha Hunter, Director of Education & Training

203-235-9297 ext 131


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