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Wallingford HUBCAP to start healthcare pipeline program 

Wallingford HUBCAP to start healthcare pipeline program 

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WALLINGFORD — Residents seeking a career in healthcare will have the opportunity to enroll in a training program later this month through HUBCAP Wallingford.

Joe Mirra, founder and chairman of HUBCAP, said the pilot program will run Sept. 17 to Feb. 13. HUBCAP, 128 Center St., is partnering with Workforce Alliance, Wallingford Public Schools, and Wallingford Adult Education.

 “It’s a good (certified nursing assistant) program. It’s also a good starter program to get into the healthcare field,” Mirra said.

The goal is to prepare residents 18 or older for job placement. At the end of the course, students will be able to take the state’s CNA exam.

Masonicare Health Center and Gaylord Hospital have agreed to allow students access to their facilities for training.

“What’s unique is that we’re bringing in two entities at the beginning of the program and making it an active part of the programs,” said School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo.

Ed Dooling, Masonicare vice president of human resources, said students will go to Masonicare and Gaylord for onsite clinical rotation. By observing trained onsite instructors, students will get hands-on experience to prepare them to be a CNA.

“We can then hire some of these folks into open positions at our facilities,” Dooling said. “It’s a great program and hopefully it creates a lot of opportunity for folks in the area.” 

Menzo said students will be able to develop a professional relationship with potential employers.

“We’re making that real-world connection with students,” Menzo said.

Last year, HUBCAP Wallingford partnered with Workforce Alliance to provide a training program for students interested in the manufacturing field. Of the 13 students that completed the program, nine found employment in manufacturing.

“It’s a new source for employers and new skills for (potential) employees,” Mirra said.

If the healthcare training program goes well, the center will look into creating a training program for job seekers interested in the hospitality field. Menzo said manufacturing, healthcare, and hospitality are all vibrant industries. 

“These are three sectors in Connecticut that are growing,” Menzo said. “We tried to map programs to align with state workforce development opportunities.”
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