CT WHISP Program


Do you dream of the IT career?

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


Program Details

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 WHISP participants.  Additional services include enrollment assistance, academic advising, grant coordination and employment services.  In addition to gaining skills and stackable credentials, participants will earn between 9-12 college credits that may be used towards a degree.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Residents of Connecticut
  • 17 years old or older
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Not enrolled in high school or a GED program

Some training options may require high school or GED completion. Training is offered online or in person at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Space is limited and registration is done on a space available basis.

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: Angelo SantaMaria, Program Manager CT-WHISP at 203 574-6971 x 465 or email [email protected]  

Meet the Team

Photo of Manager of Workforce Programs, Jim Amis

Jim Amis


Manager of Workforce Programs

203-574-6971 ext. 441