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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. Open DOHR Brochure

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. Open DOHR Employer  Brochure

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 Certificate Training  Programs 2016-17

Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) - 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.

Customer Service & Sales/I-BEST - Develop effective customer service skills and enhance your ability to work in a variety  service and retail of settings.   

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.


Other Training Programs

English for the Workplace - This program will enhance your English language skills and improve your job search skills.

ServSafe Food Handler- This program prepares you to become a certified food handler in a restaurant, school or business.


For additional information, please contact our program staff:

Regina Cardona, Employment Specialist
(203) 235-9297  ext 128

Tanesha Hunter, Director of Education & Training
(203) 235-9297 ext 131


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