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High School Manufacturing Program Taking Shape

This year New Haven Public Schools initiated plans to create a new manufacturing program for our high school students, ManufactureNH, using a federal appropriations earmark of $2 million with the help of Representative Rosa DeLauro. The district's goal is to provide students with a path to successful careers in manufacturing and engineering. 

The goal of the program is to prepare students to complete coursework toward an associate’s degree in manufacturing engineering or an industry-recognized certificate in manufacturing. Students will earn up to 65 college credits while enrolled in the four-year high school program. 

High school students will have the opportunity to learn manufacturing workforce skills while working towards their associates of science in manufacturing engineering or a manufacturing workforce certificate. The program also will be available to students enrolled in adult education.

The innovative dual-enrollment program partners New Haven Public Schools with Gateway Community College. The district also is working closely with Project Lead the Way, a program whose mission is to “empower students to thrive in an evolving world.” PLTW programs also provide teachers with training and support needed to ensure student success. 

A team of district administrators and teachers are currently developing curriculum, collaborating with neighboring districts, and working closely with architects to build out existing spaces into manufacturing labs. The ManufactureNH team is holding information sessions for students and their families in January and February. The program will begin in the 2022-2023 school year.