Tunxis Hosts Engineering Technology Challenge Program

Professors Eric Flynn, Ph.D., of Gateway Community College and Mehrdad Faezi of Manchester Community College are shown helping high school students with their 3-D designs at Tunxis.

Tunxis Community College recently hosted the Engineering Technology Challenge for 24 students from Hartford High School Academy of Engineering & Green Technology.

The program, offered through the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, ran over the course of six Saturdays this fall with the intent of fostering interest in careers in engineering and technology, and helping students experience what it’s like to attend college.

“The more we expose our youngest students to advanced technologies and engineering programs, the more we can inspire them to see opportunities and possibilities for their future,” said Dr. James Lombella, President of Asnuntuck Community College and Interim President of Tunxis Community College, who leads the College of Technology.

The high school juniors and seniors were immersed in many hands-on activities that integrated professional skills, manufacturing, 3-D design, technical writing, and math, taught by several CT Community College faculty.They had assignments with deadlines, and received stipends which were connected to their participation, attendance and other factors to help connect the experience to career-level work. They were also mentored by CT Community College students who are enrolled in the College of Technology.

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