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New Classes Added To New Horizons Program

HAMPTON – Spring classes at the Center for Apprenticeship and Adult Training (CFAAT) are about to start, and there are some new options coming in the new year.

Among the goals of the CFAAT, which is run by New Horizons Regional Education Centers, is to prepare adults for careers in construction trades, and healthcare/human services. To that end, the center has added a spring electrical class (beginning in March), and is starting an EMT program.

“Typically, we’re known just to have one electrical class a year,” said Kaylee Fortney, a program support specialist for the CFAAT. “But this year, we’ve decided to go ahead and run a spring class for the first time to capture any electrical apprentices … or anyone who’s started in the electrical industry but doesn’t want to wait until our fall classes.”

As far as the addition of an EMT program, it made sense. The center has had the same medical classes (CNA, medical administrative assistant, pharmacy tech) the past couple of years so it was time to expand. The facilities, equipment, and instructors are in place because of the career and technical education training New Horizons offers its high school students.

“They just have the opportunity now to do it as an adult,” Fortney said.

Fortney also added the demand and community interest are there to support an EMT program. Spring semester classes start Jan. 18 and run until the middle of May.

Other classes, including welding, start January 3. However, the cosmetology/barbering class scheduled to start January 3 will now start January 10. The phlebotomy class starts in February. The CFAAT also offers credentials in construction, automotive, and veterinary medicine. In total, there are more than 60 courses available. New Horizons has two locations – 520 Butler Farm Rd. in Hampton, and 13400 Woodside Lane in Newport News. All of the classes mentioned above will be held at the Butler Farm location.

Some credentials can be earned in fewer than four months, and free training and scholarships are available to eligible students. For more information, call (757) 766-1101, email cfaat@nhrec.org,  or visit https://nhrec.org/cfaat/. The CFAAT has been around since 1966, and is a Virginia Peninsula Workforce Adult Training program.

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