Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
During my time at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC), I discovered how much I enjoy engineering and architecture. Being exposed to the environment at the HACTC has really helped me to grow and mature as I learn practical skills. It has been awe-inspiring to be able to work with the instructors and with the other students and to mutually edify each other as we progress together. I plan to major in mechanical engineering in college largely due to my experiences while at the HACTC.
The daily schedule of the Engineering and Architectural Design (EAD) class is structured but allows room for variation. Initially, we read the Valley News for a while, and then move on to the current projects we are working on. These can be collaborations with fellow students and occasionally with the other programs offered at the HACTC. In the past, we have engaged in such challenges as trebuchet design and full scale construction, mountain retreat creation with accurate scale models, and loudspeakers that function superbly.
In the EAD program at the HACTC, we are taught practical, everyday skills, educated in the use of drafting programs such as ArchiCAD and SolidWorks, and learn to engage with others to achieve a common goal. This exceptional class will give one an idea of what it would be like to pursue a career in either engineering or architecture, while at the same time exposing one to cutting edge drafting programs used by today’s great designers. For a multitude of reasons, some mentioned and many omitted, the EAD program offered by the HACTC is an excellent choice for anyone remotely or strongly intrigued by engineering or architecture.