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By way of its distinctive packages and a current grant, the College is enjoying a key position in Connecticut’s endeavor to shut the abilities hole and put together college students to thrive in cutting-edge know-how careers.

November 17, 2022

By Renee Chmiel, Workplace of Advertising and Communications

Left to proper:
Dr. Kelli-Marie Vallieres, vice chair of the Governor’s Workforce Council; Fredlyne Antoine ’24; and Gov. Ned Lamont.

When Fredlyne Antoine ’24 started her time as a Charger, she began her faculty profession as a sophomore. She introduced along with her faculty credit score she’d earned as a highschool pupil, in addition to a powerful curiosity in laptop science.

Fredlyne Antoine ’24.

A graduate of P-TECH Norwalk, Antione took faculty programs whereas nonetheless in highschool, discovering the profession path she wished to comply with within the course of. Due to her expertise, she was invited to talk earlier this semester at an occasion with Governor Ned Lamont. She shared her personal story, describing the unbelievable alternatives she has needed to additional her training.

“I mentioned what I’ve completed and the way P-TECH Norwalk aided me in conducting these objectives,” stated Antione, a pc science main with a focus in sport design and improvement. “I additionally had the chance to talk with Governor Lamont. It felt nice and gave me a sense of accomplishment to share my expertise with him.”

‘Follow, study, and develop their technical expertise’

The occasion, which included a number of of the state’s leaders in enterprise and better training, highlighted Tech Expertise Accelerator, a workforce improvement initiative that goals to assist Connecticut attain its financial potential and shut the abilities hole in in-demand know-how fields. Tech Expertise Accelerator’s packages are designed to help college students similar to Antoine. It fosters partnerships between enterprise and better training in high-demand tech expertise in areas similar to software program improvement and cybersecurity.

Fredlyne Antoine ’24 and Gov. Ned Lamont.

Final summer season, Gov. Lamont introduced the creation of seven new know-how teaching programs at Connecticut’s private and non-private schools and universities – together with one on the College of New Haven. This system is supporting the event of an embedded sport design and simulation improvement program in collaboration with tech corporations SphereGen, Arsome, and Pleiadian.

The College’s $30,000 Connecticut Increased Schooling Tech Expertise Accelerator grant, awarded by the New England Board of Increased Schooling, will help the challenge, “Embedding Unity Credentials to Catapult Connecticut Workforce in Recreation Design and Growth.” Particularly, it should put together college students to earn a certification from Unity, a online game software program improvement firm based mostly in California.

“We’re among the many first and finest universities providing one thing like this,” stated Mehdi Mekni, Ph.D., coordinator of the College’s undergraduate program in laptop science who additionally leads the College’s sport design and improvement focus. “College students can follow, study, and develop their technical expertise and really feel ready to move their examination and earn their certification.”

‘Bringing them to life’

This program is yet another means the College is getting ready college students – college students similar to Antoine – to excel in in-demand STEM careers.

Mehdi Mekni, Ph.D.

As a Charger, she has continued to pursue the fervour she found whereas at P-TECH Norwalk, each out and in of the classroom. As a part of her sport design and improvement programs, she’s created quite a lot of sketches of characters. She additionally introduced her expertise to the College’s inaugural GenCyber Instructor Academy program this summer season, serving to to coordinate this system.

“I benefit from the design aspect of laptop science, which correlates to why sport design additionally pursuits me,” she stated. “I cherished enjoying video video games rising up, and I really like creating and growing concepts for video games and bringing them to life.”

“Fredlyne is without doubt one of the first college students within the sport design and improvement focus,” added Dr. Mekni. “She did a lot for GenCyber Instructor Academy, together with designing the banners we had on show. She’s very proficient and creative.”

Character sketches Fredlyne Antoine ’24 created as a part of a sport design class.

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