Twenty seniors from Hartford Public High School and Pathways Academy of Technology & Design, a Hartford Board of Education magnet high school, were honored June 2 at Goodwin University after completing the Early College Advanced Manufacturing Pathway program.
Students who received the ECAMP certificate earned 21 college credits in CNC machining and advanced manufacturing during their senior year of high school, better situating them for postsecondary success academically and economically.
“The ECAMP program is a strong example of how dual enrollment opportunities benefit students and industry,” said Shannon Marimón, executive director of ReadyCT, a CBIA affiliate working to connect K-12 public education with the business community.
“The students in this program learned about opportunities in the high-growth/high-demand manufacturing sector in ways that contribute to the talent pipeline while also helping them to mitigate the cost of continued postsecondary education.
“There should be more of this type of partnership, and we’re happy to help form collaborations with interested businesses to make that happen.”
Elmin Hasanovic, a Class of ‘21 senior at Hartford Public High School and ECAMP participant, is happy he participated.
“I am going to study mechanical engineering at the University of Hartford, and [with ECAMP credits] my family will not have to pay as much for college," he said.
"I also think I will be more experienced than some other students and maybe even get a job while in college that is well paid.”
Kemuel Bermudez, HPHS Class of ‘21, also earned the initial 21 credits and plans on pursuing a second ECAMP opportunity this summer which, combined, will allow him to enroll at UConn with a total of 37 college credits, nearly one-third of what is needed to graduate.
He expects the experience of ECAMP will help with analysis needed to learn engineering and computer science, his academic interests.
“I’m most interested in finding ways to make energy more efficient with renewable sources,” he said.
“I will take what I learned in ECAMP about making things and use that in analysis, looking at things from different points of view not just to pass my exams but to become a better engineer.”
Armed with the certificate, the students can pursue immediate employment opportunities or continue their education toward higher-level college certificates or degrees.
There were 14 seniors from Hartford Public High School and six from the Pathways Academy of Technology & Design, located on Goodwin's East Hartford campus.
Six women are among the 20 graduates.
Goodwin’s ECAMP program educates the manufacturers of tomorrow by partnering with high school and middle school districts from across the state to access programs, equipment, and educational opportunities that would otherwise not be available to Connecticut students interested in advanced manufacturing.
The ECAMP program is being expanded to more school districts through new partnerships.
For more information, contact ReadyCT's Sheryl McNamee.