Young Manufacturers Academy

Young Manufacturers Academy

CTDIDI’s nationally-recognized Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA) fosters a positive image of manufacturing through experiential learning, promotes achievement in STEM, and develops an awareness of future career possibilities among middle grade youth. YMA 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 run by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. in partnership with the Connecticut Technical High School System and is funded through the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Funding for the Hartford area provided through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and funding for the Groton, New London, Bridgeport, New Haven area provided through the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority.

Program FAQ
2019 Program Schedule


Program FAQ


Who is eligible?

Students entering grades 7 – 9 in the fall.

What is the cost to attend? 

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 the program 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 SESSION IS FULL
Session 1: June 24-28 & July 1-3 – Eli Whitney Tech HS, Hamden SESSION IS FULL
Session 2: July 8-11 & July 15-18 – Goodwin Tech HS, New Britain SESSION IS FULL
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.

For more information about the program or applying, please contact Kristi Oki at or 860-282-4907.