Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
During my time at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC), I have become a part of the Business Administration class. The classes at the HACTC are usually a two year program; however, I am starting the Business Administration class as a senior. This class has helped me to get a feel of what I want to do in life. The activities that we do in class have helped students prepare themselves for when they get out of school and find a job. We practice communication, computer applications, personal finance, and from there determine what future occupation we may want to hold.
The biggest project that we must complete as seniors is the Career Research Report. This project is made up of many different activities. We have taken personality quizzes, researched different occupations, and participated in a computer simulation (a video game about real life where you have to pay bills). The simulation (sims) has helped kids learn how to manage time, money, health, a job, and an education. Each level of the sims becomes more advanced as you go, challenging you with more real life situations. We even get to shadow an individual at their company as part of our research. Picking a career is hard and not every student knows what he or she wants to do for their occupation. But this class helps narrow down your strengths and weaknesses in order to see what occupation you would most likely enjoy.
What I love most about this program is that by the time you leave your senior year, you can get up to nine college credits. So, even though you are still in high school as a junior or senior, you can receive college credits and prepare your journey towards college. This college credit costs you a fraction of what it typically would cost you.
I can always say I love going to school now. The kids are amazing and there is never a dull moment. We work individually but also do fun activities as a group. Everyone is so nice day to day. Mrs. Trombly, our Business Administration Instructor, always has a smile on her face. She greets you every morning and brightens up your day. She is very understanding and is always fun to be around. This program has made me love going to school and I learn more everyday. I feel better prepared for college and my future life involving myself in this great class.