CTECS’ Career Academy is a unique collaboration between the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System and public schools in Connecticut. A limited number of seats are available for eligible grade 10 through 12 students to train in several in-demand career fields, including manufacturing; facilities carpentry; culinary; HVAC; and automotive collision and repair.

The program graduates students with career certificates and industry-recognized credentials, providing them a jump-start on their career by preparing them with technical and employability skills aligned with entry-level industry positions. Additionally, students who complete the program graduate with career and technical education (CTE) credits towards a high school diploma.

Grade 10 through 12 students from Connecticut high schools can participate in the program, which operates after-school or during the school day, depending on the location. Students who attend the day program go to their sending school for academics in the morning, and then are bussed to the Career Academy for afternoon CTE classes.

  • Industry Recognized Certifications

  • Credits Towards a High School Diploma

  • Convenient Schedule

  • Transportation Provided

  • Creative, Hands-on Activity

Vinal Technical High School, Middletown

The Career Academy at Vinal Tech

Vinal Technical High School’s Career Academy will open in fall 2021 in Middletown, CT. This day program will offer grade 11 and 12 students training in HVAC and precision machining.

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H.C. Wilcox Technical High School, Meriden

The Career Academy at Wilcox Tech

Wilcox Tech’s Career Academy operates in collaboration with Meriden Public Schools. Programs include facilities carpentry; manufacturing; culinary; and automotive collision and repair.

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“This program has opened up my eyes to how many job opportunities there are. The manufacturing industry is really big. It doesn’t matter what it is, you could be making toilet paper or pencils – it all involves manufacturing.”

Darren Gibbons, Grade 10, Manufacturing

“I’ve done baking and cooking in the past, but I’ve never taken a real serious class. The Career Academy is helping me for my future career and will help build my resume.”

Tyler Kohlun, Grade 10, Culinary

“I would encourage students to try the Career Academy because you learn a lot of skills you wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

Skyler Travis, Grade 11, Culinary

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