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Case Studies

Challenge: Redefining middle school career & technical education

The Middletown, Conn. Public School System, recognizing that many of their students were choosing to leave the district in favor of attending STEM-themed magnet schools, came to CCAT for assistance in developing their own robust STEM program for grades 6 – 8. Through a comprehensive planning process, we were able to work with staff to introduce three new courses based on CCAT’s CATALYST Aerospace, Young Manufacturers Academy, and CATALYST Energy curricula. The district outfitted a dedicated STEM Lab, while CCAT trained instructors and assisted in supply purchasing.

The new “STEM Electives” replaced the previously offered, more traditional technical education classes in the middle school schedule; all sixth graders and most seventh/eight graders now rotate through a STEM course on a quarterly basis. The engaging real-world contexts that CCAT’s curriculum offers is not only reinforcing science and mathematics skills, but has also served to excite students about future STEM career opportunities.


Workforce Development
Manufacturing Career Advancement

Challenge: Young adult workforce development

To aid Connecticut manufacturers in developing a skilled workforce, CCAT’s Manufacturing Careers Program, funded by Workforce Solutions Collaborative Metro Hartford, offers wage subsidies to employers to hire, train, and retain lower skilled workers between the ages of 19-24. The program provides services based on each manufacturer’s workforce needs in basic skills, shop math, machine operations, and the soft skills required for employees to develop and grow within a company.  With assistance from the program, Carey-Floyd Manufacturing and Mallory Industries were named 2015 Young Adult Employer Champions by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The award honors companies across the country for their exemplary conduct in providing high quality jobs and successfully training lower skilled employees.  ACMT, Inc. and Okay Industries, Inc. have been nominated for the 2016 Young Adult Employer Champions award.


CCAT has provided significant leadership in supporting the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP), a network of employers, education and service providers and the public workforce investment system. As a result, CCAT is able to connect job seekers with the education, training and support needed to get, and advance, in jobs and keep our employers connected.

Paula S. Gilberto, chair, Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford. July 11, 2016

CCAT has helped  to address critical workforce development  issues through the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP) .  They have designed programs to assist manufacturers in the hiring of lower skilled job seekers and have implemented a wage subsidy program to mitigate employer costs associated with on-the-job training.  This type of program is critical to building the manufacturing talent pipeline for our industry’s  future.

Mark DiLorenzo, President, Phoenix Manufacturing June 16, 2016

Under the direction of CCAT, in a few short years Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. has taken on a leadership role, partnering with us to win a national grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation and serving as a model for Dream It. Do It. programs across the country.

Jennifer McNelly, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute June 14, 2016

CCAT has been training our middle school teachers to support NGSS-type teaching for the past several years. For anyone considering a set of materials that will provide teachers with activities to support students constructing their own knowledge so as to better understand natural phenomena, CCAT provides wonderful as well as useful hands-on and computer-based resources.  I highly recommend that you consider adding their expertise to your school district’s resource pool.

Richard Pelczar, 6-12 Science Department Head, Middletown Public Schools June 14, 2016

AMEP has provided us with resources that we would otherwise have not been able to access. The interaction and awareness that comes from these meetings has had a huge impact on our company’s ability to hire talent.

David Parmelee, President, Wepco Plastics June 14, 2016

Creating really great, hands-on activities takes time, so much more time than many teachers ever get. Kids like hands-on activities, and CCAT's activities are well thought out.

Laura Barbash, Science Teacher, Illing Middle School, Manchester February 4, 2016

That's one of the great things about the program... there is a seamless integration; the teachers can put these pieces in the curriculum as they see fit. To excite veteran teachers tells me right away that this program is something of worth. They (CCAT) are good judges of what is good curriculum for our kids.

Melissa Gavarrino, 7-12 Science Department Coordinator, East Hartford Public Schools February 4, 2016