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Press Room | Media Alert - New Britain CSDNB


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Helen Yung
Public Information Officer
(860) 832-4382


(NEW BRITAIN, CT)—Due to the tough fiscal challenges facing our nation’s schools, some community partners have made it their commitment to help urban districts with crucial funding and resources in the midst of flat funding of education cost-share (ECS) dollars in Connecticut. The New Britain Academy for Health Professions (NBAHP) opened its doors this year at New Britain High School (NBHS) as the only comprehensive health academy in Connecticut that offers an introduction to health care and medical sciences and on-the-job experiences at local New Britain hospitals. The Health Academy will continue to offer nursing assistant and EMT certification programs, as well as allow students to earn credits towards college and universities while exploring other certificate programs, such as Medical Office Assistant and Pharmacy and Phlebotomy Technicians. The Academy’s successes have depended critically on its community sponsors and major partners, including Hospital for Special Care (HSC), The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC), and the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB).

The CFGNB recently announced a $25,000 grant to help fund the NBAHP’s second year of operations. The grant supports the Academy’s commitment to the School District for its role in developing our students to be college-ready and workplace-ready for the 21st century. The grant, payable in two installments, is effective in January and June of 2011.+

“We have been continuously impressed with the thoughtfulness and with the research done by the Health Academy [NBAHP] team, including its consultant Maria Pietrantuono, in traveling to North Carolina and Texas to research outstanding healthcare training programs in other states,” said President Jim Williamson of Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. “The curriculum used by the Health Academy is modeled after the national Project Lead The Way curriculum and reflects Connecticut’s standards-based instruction. It is the best of the best. They [The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Board] are very much impressed with the partners who formed the Academy, and regularly meet at the table to ensure the continuous improvement and success of the Health Academy.”

“The Community of New Britain is so fortunate to have such a wonderful partner and benefactor as the New Britain Community Foundation,” said Superintendent Dr. Doris Kurtz. “Once again it has generously supported the school district and community with its donation to our Health Academy. However, the foundation donates far more than money. It is a major supporter in many other ways, too. We are also grateful for the generous support of Capital Workforce Partners and their generous contributions of equipment and technology to the Health Academy. The internships will be an asset for our Academy students in preparing them for workplace skills for the 21st century.”

“CFGNB has always had a strong presence in our community, supporting various education initiatives,” said New Britain Academy for Health Professions’ Consultant Maria Pietrantuono. “Mr. Williamson, as president of the Foundation, plays an active role as a member of Health Academy’s Executive Committee, helping to shape the Academy’s framework and mission. Over the past year, based on events and publicity, Mr. Williamson and the Foundation Board have seen that the commitment of the Greater New Britain community to this initiative is exuberant, and the students are having fun while learning about the many opportunities the healthcare sector has to offer here in New Britain. CFGNB has made a generous contribution of $25,000 to support year two operations, on-going curriculum development and refinement, and to purchase simulation skills lab equipment needed as our current sophomore students move into the junior year and begin clinical exploration. We are most grateful for this generous gift.”

In addition to the generous grant by CFGNB, Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) received a federal grant for after-school programming that will offer training in career competencies and later offer internships to 100 New Britain High School students. Students from The New Britain Academy for Health Professions are included in this program. Through this grant CWP donated approximately $50,000 worth of technology and other equipment to the Health Academy.

“Developing skills for healthcare occupations is critical, particularly as the demand for health-related services continues to rise,” said Capital Workforce Partner’s President Thomas Phillips. “This is, and will continue to be a growth area in the region and the need to fill the supply side of these jobs with talented caregivers, technicians, nurses and doctors is an imperative,” adds Mr. Phillips, who is a member of the  Health Academy’s Executive Committee.  “We believe the New Britain Academy for Health Professions will serve as a model for Connecticut in future workforce talent development in healthcare.”

“CWP has been a valuable partner to the Health Academy, not only through this contribution but also through the employee participation,” said Ms. Pietrantuono. ”Mr. Phillips is a member of the Executive Committee and Mr. Gerry Berthiaume, Future Workforce Coordinator serves on the Working Committee and is helping coordinate numerous community events related to the Health Academy.”

The success of the Health Academy thus far is attributed to the strong partnerships that are leading it,” said Jason Howey, Executive Vice President of Okay Industries and Chair of the NBAHP Executive Committee. The contributions from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and Capital Workforce Partners are yet more examples of the commitment and confidence that the New Britain community has in the Academy.  On behalf of the Executive Committee, we are grateful for these organizations’ continued support.”

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