Branford Hall Career Institute was founded in 1965 by Nelson Bernaducci. Mr. Bernaducci was a state-certified teacher who dedicated himself to helping others prepare to achieve successful careers. In 1969, the Connecticut Department of Education gave permission to the institution to operate as a business school for one year; offering full time courses for students to receive degrees. In 1977 the institute was accredited as a business school by the Accrediting Council for Colleges and Schools that are independent. In 1993, The Department of Education received jurisdiction over the school.
Since 1979, the institute’s students have benefited from curriculum changes that have been made available to keep up with technological advances. Students continue to excel due to their own hard work and dedication, plus the support they receive from faculty and staff devoted to each students academic and professional development.
The course catalog offers numerous degree programs, including Computer Network Management, Culinary Arts training, healthcare training, HVAC specialist program, Massage Therapy, medical billing and coding, paralegal, professional medical assistant, and professional fitness trainer.
Computer Network Management students learn the duties of a bench technician and a desktop support technician. Students also learn network administration and security.
Culinary Arts students learn to act as a line cook or prep cook, sous chef, head chef, caterer or pasty chef.
Medical billing and coding students are educated and trained to prepare, submit, or process insurance claims for doctors’ offices, hospitals, extended care facilities, and other medical institutions.
HVAC students work with the latest tools, equipment and technology. These students are trained by instructors who have worked in the field. The instructors bring real life hands on experience to the classroom.
Massage therapy students study the concepts of business, communication skills, human relations and more in addition to therapeutic massage and classical massage.
Paralegal students are offered a comprehensive education that provides the proper foundation for entering the legal field.
Professional Medical Assistant students become prepared to record medical history and take vital signs. Additionally, students are prepared to assist with patient examinations, instruct patients about medicine and diets, and many more service delivery essentials.
Professional Fitness Trainer students learn to conduct accurate fitness assessments, develop exercise programs, and create individualized fitness programs.
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Program Services is designed to assist graduating seniors with finding gainful employment in their field of study by providing employment referrals and training. Program Services connects with different companies and matches its students with those companies according to their field of study. Through training given from placement services, students are taught how to develop a career search. Additionally participating students receive interview skills training and learn how to write cover letters and resumes.
Admissions are non-competitive. Students are required to submit an application online, and the students’ high school transcripts will be needed. If the student is a current college student looking to transfer, the student will need to supply his/her college transcripts. For admissions purposes, no minimum GPA is required and no minimum test score is required; however, the student must have a desire to learn and become self sufficient.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The student must show a financial need in order to be awarded financial assistance and a willingness to repay after attending.
Financial assistance is available through a number of sources. Once students apply for admission to the institution, the student will be given the appropriate documents to fill out regarding financial assistance. A meeting will be scheduled with the financial aid department to determine eligibility and answer any questions the student may have regarding financial aid eligibility and financial planning.
All prospective students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility. Some of the financial resources are from federal funding, and other resources come from the school itself. Financial aid advisors work closely with students to find resources to fit the needs of the individual.
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The mission of Branford is to provide an educational environment with high expectations. Part of the mission is to help the student develop proper work habits, a professional attitude, and confidence; to offer sound business, allied health and technical training in short term programs; to assist graduates in securing entry level employment in their field of choice, and to provide professional companies with well trained, professional personnel.
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