Once upon a time, there was a dream that Hamden students would be able to participate in a STEM Academy at Hamden High School. It would be a place where students could earn college credits and industry certifications that prepared them to successfully enter the CT workforce or continue their educations. That dream became a reality this school year, and was celebrated on September 4 with the groundbreaking ceremony of HECA - the Hamden Engineering Careers Academy! Governor Lamont, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, State Reps. Robyn Porter and Josh Elliott, Hamden Mayor Leng, as well as Hamden Board of Education and Legislative Council members joined in the celebration. HECA partners, leadership from the CT Manufacturing Association and Gateway Community College, also spoke about the critical need for a skilled manufacturing workforce in Connecticut, and praised our HECA program as a model for the state!
Parents and HECA students were in attendance and couldn't be happier with the opportunities that the HECA program will provide!!! Pictured is HECA 9th grader Jack Gaffney, to whom Governor Lamont "deligated" the ground-breaking honors by handing Jack the HECA hard-hat and sledgehammer.
As part of HECA, students will be able to earn an Associate Degree in Advanced Manufacturing - WHILE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL at the same time as they earn their high school diplomas! It's a rigorous program, but along with HHS lead HECA teacher Gabe Jenkins, our HECA students are ready to take on the challenge! Go HAMDEN!
See videos and read more about the HECA groundbreaking from the CT media:
- WTNH: Hamden Starts Work on Engineering Academy
- NBC: New Initiative in Hamden Helps Students Prepare for Life After High School
- Fox61: New STEAM Academy at Hamden High School Unveiled
- New Haven Register: Hamden High Program Puts Students on Fast Track to Careers in Manufacturing, Engineering
- Hartford Courant: Hamden Students Can Now Earn Associate’s Degrees Through their High School’s manufacturing program
- New Haven Biz: Hamden Academy Grooms High-Schoolers for Engineering Careers
- New Haven Independent: Lamont Hammers Open Hamden High STEM Program
In celebration of the ground-breaking ceremony for HECA (Hamden Engineering Careers Academy), Governor Lamont proclaimed September 4, 2019 "Hamden Engineering Careers Academy Day" in the State of Connecticut! How awesome is that!!!
You can view the entire Governor's Proclamation by clicking on the picture of the seal on the proclamation.
Great things are happening in Hamden!
As you can see from the happy children in the picture, Shepherd Glen’s new playground is definitely play-worthy and a big hit! The ribbon-cutting to officially open the playground was held recently, with Mayor Curt Leng and Principal Corey Jackson doing the official ribbon-cutting honors.
This playground was a long-time coming – and badly needed to address significant safety concerns. The cost of the playground was provided through state funding, secured for Hamden by State Representative Mike D’Agostino. In the future, when Shepherd Glen School is repurposed as part of the 3R Initiative, the playground will either remain in place for the local community's use or be relocated to a new Hamden location.
Congratulations to Church Street's Tiffany Cofrin, Hamden's Teacher of the Year! Pictured here are Tiffany and some of her Church Street School colleagues, donning their TOTY (Teacher Of The Year) T-shirts with Tiffany's picture! Also pictured is Tiffany with John DeRosa, Councilman on the Hamden Legislative Council and former Board of Ed member - and also TIFFANY'S PROUD DAD!
Teachers came 'back to school' on 8/19, beginning with Convocation. Our keynote speaker, Jamal Jimerson, kicked off upcoming professional development related to equity with his compelling keynote presentation.