Schools and Programs
Technical programs are offered by community colleges and universities in Connecticut. Programs in this area are offered at all levels of education, from certificates to graduate degrees. Programs are available in a number of different fields, including manufacturing, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Adult students at a community college can take advantage of numerous scholarships to earn an associate's degree and transfer to a Connecticut university to earn a bachelor's degree.
The table below has basic facts about technical programs available at a few schools in Connecticut. Keep reading to learn more about select programs offered at each school.
Schools at a Glance
|School||Location||Institution Type||Class Format||Program Levels|
|The College of Technology at Connecticut State Colleges & Universities||CT||Public, 2-year||online and on-campus||2 year associate's degrees|
|Central Connecticut State University||New Britain, CT||Public, 4-year||online and on-campus||4-year bachelor's degrees|
The College of Technology's Adult Technical Education Programs
The College of Technology programs through Connecticut State Colleges and Universities provide adult technical school education at affordable prices. Several options in the engineering science or technological studies pathways lead to certificates or associate's degrees in technical fields, including those outlined below. The ultimate goal for College of Technology adult graduates is to transfer to a Connecticut university to earn a Bachelor of Science in engineering or technology.
Fiber Optics Program
Adult students can earn an associate degree in laser and fiber optics technology at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. Local industry partners and grants from the National Science Foundation support the laser and fiber optic laboratories on campus.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Adults can take day or evening courses to earn an associate degree in manufacturing engineering technology at Manchester Community College. Upon completion of the programs--which includes courses in physics, circuit analysis and manufacturing processes--graduates can transfer to Central Connecticut State University.
Machine Technology Program
The machine technology program at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT, provides a comprehensive education in math, science and engineering technology. While earning an associate's degree, adults complete levels I and II certificates in machine technology, preparing graduates for employment as machinists or further education.
Electrical Engineering Program
Gateway Community College in North Haven, CT, offers an accredited program leading to an Associate of Science degree in electrical engineering technology. Graduates can analyze circuits, operate test instruments and perform related tasks practiced during an internship.
Central Connecticut State University's Adult Technical Education Programs
While working in skilled technical jobs, adults who earn an associate degree can pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering and industrial technology at Central Connecticut State University. Providing an advanced adult technical school education in Connecticut, some of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs are described below.
Civil Engineering Technology
Adult graduates from the B.S. in civil engineering technology program apply engineering concepts to the planning and construction of large structures, such as airports and bridges. With a foundation in math, physics and chemistry, students take practical courses in surveying, materials and construction.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
In the bachelor's degree program in manufacturing engineering technology, adult students apply engineering and technical skills to a range of manufacturing processes. Graduates work in robotics, facilities layout, manufacturing design and quality assurance, among other areas.
Mechanical Engineering Technology
The emphases of this bachelor's degree program are product development, mechanical design and component analysis. The campus's automation, materials testing and fluids laboratories provide students with industrial experience.
In addition to technical skills in electronics, adult students learn management skills in this bachelor's degree program to assume leadership positions. Specialized courses provide options to develop expertise in computer programming, automated manufacturing systems or robotics.
Adult students in this bachelor's degree program elect a specialization in electro-mechanical technology, environmental and occupational safety, manufacturing or technology management. The Manufacturing and Construction Management Department also offers master's degree programs in technology and construction management.