Hamden Engineering Careers Academy (HECA) Applications Open For Hamden’s STEM Academy

The Hamden Engineering Careers Academy (HECA) is an innovative dual enrollment program open to current 8th and 9th grade students (rising 9th and 10th graders), presented with cooperation from Gateway Community College.
Program members will have the opportunity to learn manufacturing workforce readiness skills while working towards their Associate’s of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Degree, or a Manufacturing Certificate, while enrolled in high school.
The application is open through March 15 and must be completed by 5 p.m. on that date to be considered. The HECA program map can be found here, and links to the concurrent dual enrollment options can be found here, https://www.hamden.org/page.cfm?p=5359
The rigorous program will stretch the school year to ensure that students get access to all the required experiences and content. In Summer Session 1, students will be required to attend a two-week Manufacturing and Engineering in the Real World summer workshop at Gateway Community College’s New Haven campus.
Manufacturing and Engineering in the Real World
July 1 – July 12 (excluding July 4th)
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Gateway CC (busing will be provided to and from HHS daily)
  • Engineering applied Math
  • Careers in Manufacturing / CAD / Quality Control
  • CAD Workshop
  • Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Manufacturing Primer
  • College and Career roadmaps
  • Guest Speakers:
  • What it’s like to be a Sikorsky / Lockheed Martin Manufacturing Engineer
  • Professional and Life Skills workshop
  • Real World Engineering Challenge
  • Building a custom HECA electric guitar
Students will be notified of their acceptance status and next steps in the application process the week of March 18.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dan Cocchiola at dcocchiola@hamden.org

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