CEC Early College
MakerConnect introduces students to the world of advanced manufacturing, construction and the skilled trades that lead to a variety of high-opportunity college and career options. Students in MakerConnect study a variety of hands-on subjects, including welding, auto mechanics, construction and computer-aided design (CAD). Students also develop effective communication, problem-solving and leadership skills. They may also have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry certifications.
A basic introduction to manufacturing, this course includes machine safety and introductions to machine control systems, welding, blueprint reading, electricity, technical math and computer-aided design (CAD).
In this course, students develop a comprehensive understanding of the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) platform while incorporating fundamental knowledge of the field of architecture. Students use workstation application, online research, as-built measurement and verification, “hard-hat” site visits, textbook study and more to experience the career fields of architecture, engineering and construction, and to prepare for postsecondary study.
This course explores the expanding array of careers within the construction industry. Students will be exposed to the construction industry through job site tours, hands-on experience and classroom activities. Math and science will be used in the academic integration of job-site technical skills and classroom theory. More specifically, students will learn and practice job site safety; read and interpret text and drawings to construct projects; learn to operate and maintain tools, both hand and power; and learn the components of building systems and how they function.
This course is for students who wish to learn and explore the field of metalwork. Areas may include but are not limited to designing, drawing, fabrication of sheet metal and bench metal, machining, welding and metal finishing.
Note: CareerConnect classes may vary by school.
|Occupation||Education Level||Median Annual Earnings|
|Electro-Mechanical Technician||Associate’s Degree||$61,300|
|Mechanical Drafter||Associate’s Degree||$56,750|
|Aerospace Engineer||Bachelor’s Degree||$116,800|
|Materials Engineer||Bachelor’s Degree||$98,000|
Source: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment