Career Academies

CBIA's Work with Career Academies

At the invitation of Dr. Steven Adamowski, Hartford’s former superintendent of schools, CBIA's Education Foundation has helped create the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School. CBIA staff and member companies, along with community members, parents, students, and faculty at the high-school, college, and university levels, worked to plan and design this small learning community. We are involved in similar academies at Waterbury's Wilby High School as well. [More]


What Are Career Academies?

Career academies are "schools within schools," autonomous programs organized around career themes and housed within larger school buildings. These small learning communities nurture supportive, enduring relationships among students, faculty, worksite supervisors, and business professionals. They have their own culture, identity, programs, faculty, students, budget, administration, and school space.


Career academies combine academic and vocational instruction, and representatives from business, industry, and higher education provide programmatic and curriculum guidance. With a track record of raising students' academic achievement in large public high schools, small learning communities play an important role in current school reform efforts in Connecticut and across the country.