Young Manufacturers Academy

A High-Tech, Hands-On Summer Experience

2016ccatwebsite_studentfavpixThe Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA) is a manufacturing-themed, experiential, eight-day summer program that introduces middle grade youth to Connecticut’s high-tech advanced manufacturing industries. The program includes hands-on activities, simulation-based learning, virtual machining environments, travel to industry locations for on-site interaction with manufacturers, and a mock career fair.

YMA is a partnership with the Connecticut Technical High School System and is funded through the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

Program FAQ

Who is eligible?

Students entering grades 7 – 9 in the fall.

What does it cost?

There is no charge for the program.

Is transportation provided?

Bus transportation will be available at no cost from central locations only within the surrounding towns of each program site. We will not provide bus transportation for students living outside a certain radius of the program location. If you have any bus-related questions, please contact Kristi Oki at or 860-282-4907.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch and light snacks are provided.

What time does the program take place?

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

What does it offer?
  • Real-world applications of science and math concepts.
  • Use of industry tools and CAD software.
  • Career awareness/readiness activities.
  • Industry-based field trips.
  • Family capstone event.
  • Machine shop experience (Tech HS Academies only)
  • Robotics activities and challenges (CCAT Academies only)

2019 Program Schedule

Technical High School Academy Sessions

Programs held at Technical High School locations are 8 days long and introduce students to manufacturing through experiences in the machine shop, workshops, industry site visits, and a capstone event.

Session 1: June 24-28 & July 1-3 – O’Brien Tech HS, Ansonia WAIT LIST ONLY
Session 1: June 24-28 & July 1-3 – Eli Whitney Tech HS, Hamden WAIT LIST ONLY
Session 2: July 8-11 & July 15-18 – Goodwin Tech HS, New Britain WAIT LIST ONLY
Session 2: July 8-11 & July 15-18 – Kaynor Tech HS, Waterbury SESSION IS FULL
Session 3: July 22-25 & July 30-Aug 2 – Cheney Tech HS, Manchester SESSION IS FULL
Session 3: July 22-25 & July 30-Aug 2 – Goodwin Tech HS, New Britain WAIT LIST ONLY
Session 4: Aug 5-8 & Aug 12-15 – Eli Whitney Tech HS, Hamden SESSION IS FULL

CCAT Academy Sessions

Programs held at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) are 10 days long and offer workshops that include CNC manufacturing, 3D printing, CADD, and robotics along with industry site visits and a capstone event. All CCAT Academies are located at 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT.

CCAT Session 1: July 8-12 & July 15-19 – CCAT, East Hartford SESSION IS FULL
CCAT Session 2: July 22-26 & July 29-Aug 2 – CCAT, East Hartford SESSION IS FULL
CCAT Session 3: Aug 5-9 & Aug 12-16 – CCAT, East Hartford SESSION IS FULL 


Please read the following information before continuing to the application.

  • Applications must be filled out by a parent/guardian.
  • Please submit one application per student. Duplicate applications will not be considered. You will be given the opportunity to select a first and second choice.
  • Student enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Students who have not previously attended an Academy will be given priority consideration.

When your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email – this DOES NOT mean your student has been accepted to the program. Application decisions will be sent out within a few weeks of submitting your application. If accepted, students are required to commit to attending the full duration of the session and to follow all program rules and regulations for student conduct.


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Contact us today to learn more about the Young Manufacturers Academy.

Kristi Oki | | 860.282.4907