School Information

2040 Dixwell Ave
Hamden, CT 06514

Program of Studies

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School Contact

Primary Contact

Dan Cocchiola
Director of CTE, Counseling and HECA STEM Academy

Program Overview

Hamden Engineering Careers Academy (HECA)

Brief Description
HECA is a dual enrollment HS diploma/Associates of Science in Manufacturing Engineering or Certificate in CAD, or QC program. Students can graduate HS with up to 68 college credits, and have access to all three post secondary credentials.
Year Program Started
Grade level that first course in sequence is offered
Manufacturing Production Process, Manufacturing Production, Quality Assurance

Academic Design and Delivery

Are prerequisite courses required to enter the program?
Number of courses required to complete or offered in the program:
Total credits required to complete the program:
Industry-recognized credentials

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Credit(s) towards an associate degree, A certificate or certification offered by a third party, A certificate of completion of a pre-apprenticeship, Haas Certification

Program Standards
Stakeholders participating in program review

Education: This may include a high school diploma or equivalent, postsecondary degree or completion of postsecondary level CTE coursework.

Teacher or CTE Training: This may include completion of professional learning or training required for teachers generally, professional learning or training in the CTE field or in a specific occupational area, mentorship experience, or other pedagogical training.

Opportunities to earn credit articulating to the next level of education
Articulation agreements, Dual or concurrent enrollment programs

Industry Partnerships

Does program curricula incorporate employability skill standards?
How are employability skill standards incorporated into the program?
Within 2 employability skills courses - HECA Career Planning and HECA workforce learning, taken in the 2nd and 3rd year of the program, respectively
Program/business partnerships
Yes - ManufactureCT
Community Partners
Hamden of Economic Development, Gateway CC
Work-based learning opportunities/internships
Cooperative work education, Supervised entrepreneurial experience, Pre-apprenticeships, Simulated work environments
Will begin in summer 2022 in collaboration with partner ManufactureCT and the CTDOL. Minimum requirement of 150 hours, with DOL support for paid opportunities which is a part of the post secondary dual enrollment program

Student Recruitment and Engagement

How programs are marketed
Printed materials, Guidance activities, PTA/PTO presentations
Program data collection
Student application data, student enrollment data and student program success and matriculation data is collected and used to inform our program development