RVCC Offering Classes for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals

Registration has begun for Raritan Valley Community College’s new program that offers a pathway to certification for substance abuse treatment professionals. Classes begin May 16 for “Assessment & Treatment of Addictions,” an introductory course in RVCC’s new Certificate of Completion in Chemical Dependency program. The course will be offered on six Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the College’s Branchburg Campus. A second online course, “Introduction to Addictions,” will begin June 6. Last fall RVCC received a $487,444 grant from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train paraprofessionals who work with youth and young adults dealing with behavioral health disorders. Under the grant, students will receive free tuition for classroom instruction for the Chemical Dependency program that also includes fieldwork. The 12-month, five-course program is designed to train paraprofessionals working with young people ages 16-25 in Somerset or Hunterdon County who are at-risk for developing or who have already developed a recognized behavioral health disorder. These conditions may include both mental health and substance abuse. To learn more about the program, contact Jessica Gonzalez at jgonzale@raritanval.edu or Karen Gutshall-Seidman at kgutshal@raritanval.edu. “Introduction to Addictions” also will be offered at RVCC this fall on Monday evenings, from 6-8:50 p.m. RVCC’s Fall Semester begins September 2. Students interested in learning about the new program are invited to attend an RVCC Open House, Wednesday, May 27, from 4:30-6 p.m., in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg Campus. To register for the Open House, visit www.raritanval.edu/events. For additional information about the Open House, contact the Admissions Office at 908-526-1200 or admissions@raritanval.edu. Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development 2 and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium. RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.