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Training Opportunities Program (TOP) and Masshire Training Opportunities

  • Students who are applying to receive an extension of unemployment benefits must be registered for college credits or approved training under the Training Opportunity Program (TOP) and should obtain an application by calling the TOP Unit at 617-626-5375. (This program was formally known as Section 30).
  • For ITA (individual Training Accounts) and TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance), please see our comprehensive list of approved training programs below and contact your local career MassHire center representative for details.
  • To have your documents processed under the guidelines of Training Opportunity Program enrollment process, please email us at Division of Workforce and Economic Development, commed@bhcc.edu or mngan@bhcc.edu.
  • Visit the MassHire Job Quest Training website and enter "BHCC" for your provider to see what programs are approved based on funding source.
  • Career counselors at MassHire Career Centers can help you apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA), which provides financial support to job seekers who need occupational skills training in order to successfully re-enter the workforce. Eligible individuals choose from a pre-approved list of training courses, and tuition costs are paid directly out of the ITA. To find out if you are eligible for an ITA, please contact your local career MassHire center representative for details. If you qualify for the ITA, the agency will email BHCC the application, which will be completed by the college and sent back to the agency for approval. Once approved, you will be contacted by BHCC to help you register for the course.

Training Opportunities Program (TOP)

The Training Opportunities Program (TOP) allows you to collect unemployment benefits while you attend full-time, approved training for new job skills. If you need to acquire new skills in order to become re-employed, you may be eligible for the Training Opportunities Program (TOP). To participate in Training Opportunities Program (TOP), you must submit a completed application to the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). If you meet the eligibility requirements, TOP allows DUA to waive your active work search. You will continue to receive your unemployment benefits while in DUA approved training. TOP will allow you to receive up to 26 weeks of additional benefits if your training extends beyond the duration of your initial unemployment claim. Please note that DUA does not fund your training costs.

Students applying to receive an extension of unemployment benefits must be registered for Certificate or Associate degree program and should obtain an application by calling the TOP Unit at 617-626-5375 (this program was formerly known as Section 30). To be eligible for extension of unemployment benefit students must be registered for 12 credits per semester.

  1. High school diploma/ GED required
  2. Visit BHCC website https://www.bhcc.edu/; Type in Certificate program or Associate degree program in search box to find more information about the program.
    If you have questions related to the program, please contact the program's department to get more information.
  3. Apply to college link https://www.bhcc.edu/admissions/applynow/ or contact Admission for more information

    Admissions
    Bunker Hill Community College
    250 New Rutherford Avenue
    Boston, MA 02129
    Phone: 617-228-3398
    Email: admissions@bhcc.edu

  4. Take Assessment Test
  5. Register and pay for the class or apply financial aid.
  6. Forward your TOP to Mei Ngan at mngan@bhcc.edu and she will assist you in completing your application.

Please contact Mei Ngan after you have registered for your classes. If you have any questions about applying to the college, please contact Admissions office.

List of Approved Training Programs at BHCC

  • Accounting Certificate
  • Adult Basic Education Full Time program (NC)
  • Administrative Support Specialist
  • Android Mobile App Certificate
  • Central Processing Certificate Program
  • Computed Tomography Certificate
  • Culinary Arts Certificate
  • CNA
  • Data Analytics Certificate Program
  • Database Support Specialist
  • Dental Assisting (NC)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electric Power Utility Degree
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
  • Excel Support Certificate
  • Fire Protection and Safety Certificate
  • Google IT Certificate * (NC)
  • Health Information Technology Certificate Program
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate
  • Magnetic Resonance Certificate
  • Mammography Certificate
  • Medical Assistant Certificate Program
  • Medical Information
  • Medical Information Management Assistant Certificate
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Medical Tech - EKG and Phlebotomy
  • Meeting and Event Planning Certificate
  • Microsoft Applications Support Specialist Certificate Program
  • Mobile App Starter Certificate Apple
  • Object Oriented Computer Programming and Design Certificate Program
  • PC Hardware Support Specialist
  • Pastry Arts Certificate Program
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate Program
  • Professional Human Services Work Certificate
  • SHRM/PMP Entry Essentials with Certification (NC)
  • Sports Management
  • Surgical Technology Certificate Program
  • Web Development Certificate
  • WITS Certified Personal Trainer (NC)

Career counselors at MassHire Career Centers can help you apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA), which provides financial support to job seekers who need occupational skills training in order to successfully re-enter the workforce. Eligible individuals choose from a pre-approved list of training courses, and tuition costs are paid directly out of the ITA. To find out if you are eligible for an ITA, please contact your local career MassHire center representative for details. If you qualify for the ITA, the agency will email BHCC the application, which will be completed by the college and sent back to the agency for approval. Once approved, you will be contacted by BHCC to help you register for the course.