The BHEST Program


The Blue Hills Employment and Skills Training (BHEST) is a comprehensive youth development program designed to work with older youth between the ages of 17-21 years old.

This program would introduce the youth to the “8 Career Competencies” and help them to master these skills. The goal of the BHEST program is to provide occupational skills training in the Allied Health field.

A key factor in the success of the program stems from the mentoring and coaching provided by the BHEST staff members and all staff and volunteers at Blue Hills Civic Association.


The expected outcomes for youth who participate in the BHEST program are as follows:

  • To earn a national recognized certificate or degree
  • Enhance their basic skills, and job placement.
  • Earn a degree in Allied Health, Green Technology, or Advanced Manufacturing from Capital Community College.


In the BHEST program, youth receive critical training in the areas of:

  • Customer Service
  • Time management
  • Test-taking
  • Studying
  • Problem Solving
  • Budgeting

Once the youth has been determined WIA Eligible they are assigned to a Success Coach. The Success Coach then works with the student from the beginning of their journey until their graduation. Workforce Investment Act Youth Program is funded through the U. S. Department of Labor through Capital Workforce Partners.

For more information about the BHEST program please contact:

Quishema Jones | Program Manager
(860) 560-7556 ex 304
Michael Hunt | Success Coach
(860) 560-7665 ex 306