Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative Program Summary

Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI)

The Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI) is a three-year program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor that seeks to prepare unemployed or underemployed individuals (including veterans, trade adjustment assistance impacted workers, dislocated workers and others) for careers in the health and life sciences. The HLSCI grant will help prepare underemployed and unemployed individuals by using Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) to document skills and knowledge that they already have. Charter Oak State College led the PLA work for HLSCI. For more information about the program and how it will achieve its objectives see our presentation document.

HLSCI is being implemented by a consortium of seven of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU):

Credit for Prior Learning

Get Credit For What You Know

As an adult, you've learned a lot throughout your life and some of that learning may be at the college level. When your prior learning matches what is taught in college courses you may be able to earn college credit. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) provides the pathways for you to prove what you have learned and how it matches college course material so you can earn college credit for what you already know.

Learn More

Learn more about getting credit for what you know by reviewing the information about those PLA pathways at Charter Oak and watching these videos:

Special Information for Veterans

Veterans have an edge in PLA because the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated the training and skills veterans receive during their service. See more information specific to veterans interested in the HLSCI program.

Credits Available

The Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) at Charter Oak reviewed these programs and credentials to make credits available and facilitate stackable credentials for the Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative.

American Red Cross Blood Services Collections Staff Training

Asnuntuck Community College

Capital Community College

Central Connecticut Paramedic Program
Certified Coding Associate
Certified Coding Specialist
Certified Coding Specialist - Physician-Based
Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner
Certified Health Data Analyst
Certified Health Technology Specialist - Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
Certified Health Technology Specialist - Implementation Manager
Certified Health Technology Specialist - Implementation Support Specialist
Certified Health Technology Specialist - Practice Workflow
Certified Health Technology Specialist - Technical Software Support Staff Specialist
Certified Health Technology Specialist - Trainer
Certified Professional Coder - ICD 9
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
Registered Health Information Technician
Certified Rheumatology Coder
Connecticut Technical High School System

Eastern Connecticut State University Summer Undergrad Research Program
Education Connection

Gateway Community College

Hartford Hospital Radiation Therapy
Housatonic Community College

Manchester Community College

Middlesex Community College

New Haven Job Corps Certified Nursing Assistant
Northwestern Community College Nurse Aide
Norwalk Community College Certified Nurse Aide
Quinebaug Valley Community College Certified Nursing Assistant 
Registered Health Information Technician
Three Rivers Community College Certified Nurse Aide

Tunxis Community College

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