In School Model - Hillhouse High School in New Haven

In School - New Haven

The Corridor provides students with 200 hours of technical training in partnership with the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LiUNA) and Laborers Local 455.  

The Learning Corridor enables students to obtain technological training as an integral part of the traditional school day and offers credits toward high school graduation. With LiUNA’s assistance in both teaching and pre-apprentice training, the Career Pathways focuses on the following technologies and skills: Construction Math, Scaffolding, Mason Tending and Masonry, Concrete, Demolition, Highway and Road Safety, and Pipework.  

The commitment of the Laborers Union is a significant one - enabling students to utilize the union’s curriculum, experience pre-apprenticeship opportunities, and have a direct pipeline to no-cost apprenticeship training opportunities at the union’s training facility in Pomfret, Connecticut. 

In the coming year, Career Pathways at Hillhouse High School is expanding to include Automotive Training with Gateway Community College.  Included in the first semester will be tours of the Gateway Community College Automotive Technology facility and to 2-3 full days of exploratory learning and “hands-on” immersion. Social-emotional learning and work-readiness skills including workplace etiquette, resume writing, and interview skills are also integral parts of the introductory first semester class.

After successful completion of the first semester within Hillhouse, students will transition directly into Gateway Community College’s introductory automotive course, learning alongside college students. They will have access to all learning labs at the college and will earn both high school and college credits for completion of the year-long program.

Planning is underway for the development of Manufacturing Training in collaboration with the New Haven Manufacturers Association and the Workforce Alliance. In the first year, training will specifically focus on offering training in welding that is specifically designed for the manufacturing field.

New Haven Summer Academy Program

The New Haven Summer Academy program provides 6 weeks of credit recovery, work readiness, and pre-vocational certifications.  The intent of the program is to provide credit recovery opportunities, and to serve as a gateway to school year Career Pathways programming as well as increasing academic success during the school year.

In 2015-2016, there was a clear reduction in average absences per month following the summer program.   There was also a reduction in student disciplinary incidents following participation in the summer program.

Summer 2018

Total Enrollment: 132

  • Increased enrollment (more than double 2017)
  • Additional courses offered
  • Increased credits earned (59 total credits earned in 2018)
  • 42 English Credits
  • 17 Math Credits
  • 2 Students continuing to work on Math credits
  • Inclusion of rising and repeating 9th graders in 2018
  • Bus Passes for all students
  • 59 Credits Earned
  • 7 OSHA10 Certifications
  • 5 Serv-Safe Certifications
  • 27 FA/CPR Certifications
  • 27 students, or 25.2%, improved their English Grades from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
  • 24 students, or 22.4%, improved their math grades from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
  • 46 students, or 43%, improved their regular school attendance.

The overall pattern of disciplinary incidents improved from 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 (more students with no incidents, fewer with more than 1), and 81.8 percent of students reduced their number of incidents from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019

Hillhouse Career Pathways Technology Corridor


Improvement in Grades:

  • Average English Grade increased from 5.61 to 7.22  (from D to C-).
  • Average math grade decreased from 5.44 to 5 (basically stayed a D).
  • Number of students improving their English grade was 8, or 42.1%
  • Number of students improving their math grade was 7, or 36.8%.
  • 84.2% of participating students graduated.

Disciplinary Incidents

  • 4 students had suspensions in 2016-2017; 4 students had suspensions in 2017-2018, while participating or after participation.

Credential Attainment and Credit Recovery

  • All 19 earned additional credits toward graduation.
  • 17 earned a credential.

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