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Hamden High School

Hamden High School STEM Academy


Hamden Engineering Careers Academy (HECA) Application

Open to current 8th and 9th grade students (rising 9th and 10th graders), the Hamden Engineering Careers Academy (HECA) is an innovative dual enrollment program with our partners at 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 15th, 2019, and must be completed by 5 pm 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, here and here


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. Summer program outline is below.


Manufacturing and Engineering in the Real World

July 1st - July 12th 2019 (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 18th


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dan Cocchiola at dcocchiola@hamden.org



It is the mission of Hamden Public Schools to ensure all our students learn to the best of their potential each and every day they are entrusted to our care.

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