H.C. Wilcox Technical High School, part of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System, is offering a limited number of seats to grade 10, 11 and 12  students from Francis T. Maloney High School and Orville H. Platt High School in the Meriden Public Schools to participate in an after school, career training program.

The Career Academy program will graduate students with two and a half CTE credits towards a high school diploma and industry-recognized credentials in one of four in-demand trade areas: Manufacturing, Facilities Carpentry, Culinary and Automotive Collision and Repair.

The Career Academy program gives students a jump-start on their career by preparing them with technical and employability skills aligned with entry-level industry positions.

  • Industry Recognized Certifications

  • Up to 2.5 high school credits

  • Creative, Hands-on After School Activity

  • Convenient Schedule

  • Transportation Provided



View the Culinary program flyer for information of certifications, and pathways to college and career!

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Facilities Carpentry

Facilities Carpentry

View the Facilities Carpentry program flyer for information of certifications, and pathways to college and career!

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View the Manufacturing program flyer for information of certifications, and pathways to college and career!

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New for 2020-21! Automotive Collision & Repair

Coming Soon! Automotive Collision & Repair

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“This program has opened up my eyes to how many job opportunities there are. The manufacturing industry is really big. It doesn’t matter what it is, you could be making toilet paper or pencils – it all involves manufacturing.”

Darren Gibbons, Grade 10, Manufacturing

“I’ve done baking and cooking in the past, but I’ve never taken a real serious class. The Career Academy is helping me for my future career and will help build my resume.”

Tyler Kohlun, Grade 10, Culinary

“I would encourage students to try the Career Academy because you learn a lot of skills you wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

Skyler Travis, Grade 11, Culinary

“I wanted to come to the Career Academy because I like hands-on work and I want to be able to build stuff for myself in the future, instead of hiring someone else to do it. I have goals I want to work towards.”

Nathan Cintron, Carpentry

New career academy launches at Wilcox Tech in Meriden

MERIDEN — Students wore disposable caps, hair nets and aprons as they walked past a row of stainless steel tables and kettles, and queued up to wash their hands in the large commercial kitchen at Wilcox Technical High School. They were getting ready for their first lesson in culinary arts. Down the hall, instructor Zeke Lehrer introduced another small group of students to a computer numerical control milling machine, which is used in precision manufacturing. [...]

Applications for the fall 2021 Career Academy class will be available soon. Applications can be picked up in the Meriden school counseling offices or will be shared with families via email. Please complete the application in its entirety, have your parent/guardian sign, and return the application to your school counselor. Your counselor will complete the rest and submit it to the Career Academy. Applicants will be contacted by H.C. Wilcox once accepted to the program.

For application questions or for more information, please contact your school counselor:

Maloney School Counseling Department: (203) 238-2334, ext 8350
Platt School Counseling Department: (203) 235-7962, ext 7709

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