CT WHISP Program


Do you dream of an IT career?

The Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership is looking for potential students to help develop and expand a talent pipeline of Connecticut workers in Information Technology (IT).  


Program Details

Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership (CTWhisp) Program offers a variety of IT career training at schools such as Naugatuck Valley Community College and Patrick’s Academy.

Naugatuck Valley Community College in partnership with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board is offering grant-funded, short-term (15 weeks), IT course clusters aligned with industry certifications and supportive services.  Clusters include Networking, Programming, Systems, Software and Project Management. Each IT cluster has been mapped to Microsoft and/or CompTIA certifications.  The course clusters are offered free of charge to eligible CTWHISP participants.  Additional services include enrollment assistance, academic advising, and employment services.  In addition to gaining skills and stackable credentials, participants at NVCC will earn between 9-12 college credits that may be used towards a degree.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be residents of the Northwest workforce region (Waterbury, Danbury, Torrington and surrounding towns and cities)
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have sufficient aptitude, interest, commitment, availability
  • Demonstrate likelihood of program completion and IT employment

Training is offered online or in person at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Space is limited and registration is done on a space available basis.  Training at other training providers such as Patrick’s Academy are online courses.

How to Apply

To find out if you qualify for the WHISP grant and to set up a qualifying interview and IT aptitude test contact Jeffery Chorches at 203-574-6971 ext 450 or e-mail [email protected]

Meet the Team


Jeffery Chorches



203-574-6971 ext. 450