Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program. To learn more about Connecticut Technical Education and Career System's Automotive Technology course breakdown by grade, please visit our district website.
Connecticut-based Technical Training Program Awarded 11th-Annual Honor of
National Competition for Automotive Education Excellence
During a ceremony on Nov. 29, 2018, for students, faculty, staff and instructors, WIX® Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, in conjunction with Tomorrow’s Tech magazine, will name Bullard-Havens Technical High School as the 2018 School of the Year.
Based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Bullard-Havens Technical High School is the 11th recipient of the annual program, naming it the best technical training school in the country. WIX and O’Reilly Auto Parts are title sponsors of the national award in conjunction with Tomorrow’s Tech, a Babcox Media publication dedicated to automotive students.
“This year, the drive and dedication of Bullard-Havens Technical High School stood out among the competition,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. “This is a school that’s passionate about providing a well-rounded technical education for its students. Through internship opportunities and state-of-the-art equipment for learning, students graduate from Bullard-Havens ready to begin a successful career in the industry.”
As the 2018 School of the Year, Bullard-Havens Technical High School received:
- $5,000 donation to the school’s automotive technology program from WIX Filters
- Merchandise from O’Reilly and WIX Filters
- Travel for the school’s instructor and a guest to Las Vegas to attend Babcox Media’s recognition dinner at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX)
“It is so awesome for the school and our students to achieve recognition out of the entire nation for our automotive technology program,” said Roxanne Amiot, automotive department head and instructor at Bullard-Havens Technical High School. “This award shows that all our hard work in difficult times is so important. Thanks to Babcox, WIX and O’Reilly for recognizing our program throughout the years and promoting our auto trade and tech education.”
The School of the Year program is open to all high schools and post-secondary schools with a subscription to Tomorrow’s Tech magazine. Of the 221 entries for this year’s contest, 91 were from different high schools, technical schools and colleges in four regions of the United States. The top 20 schools were asked to submit a video highlighting their technical programs and judges selected four finalists, or one from each region, from the video entries.
“A strong technical training program is incredibly valuable not only to the students but also the industry as a whole, which is why we are thrilled to once again sponsor this competition,” said Jim Merle, publisher of Tomorrow’s Tech. “In previous years, we have been impressed by the submissions for the competition and this year was no exception. Bullard-Havens Technical High School showed an exceptional automotive program and opportunities for their students.”
This year’s three runners-up are: Satellite High School, Satellite Beach, Florida; North Kansas City Schools - Career and Technical Education Center, Kansas City, Missouri; and Bonneville High School, Ogden, Utah. Each runner-up will receive a professional automotive tool set and $250 gift card from O’Reilly Auto Parts.For more information about WIX, visit wixfilters.com.
Auto Program Named School of the Year Award - Check Out The Link Below
Auto Students Attend Expo
"Connecticut Auto Retailers Association provided free tickets for Bullard-Havens THS Auto students to attend the 2018 CT International Auto Show on November 9, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Expo Center."
Female Auto Students Participate in the "Women Drive" Seminar
The Bullard-Havens THS female automotive students grades 9-12 participated in the Women Drive seminar held at and sponsored by and at Gateway Community College Automotive Program on March 22, 2018. Our students demonstrated to area high school female students how to change a spare tire, how to check tires and pressure, how to jump start a battery, check fluids and read an owner's manual.
Our students were awesome and helped other females in the community learn how to take care of themselves and their vehicles.
A special thanks to Gateway CC Automotive and AAA Northeast for sponsoring the event and supporting our students.
Automotive Student Interviews HeldOn Wednesday, April 11, 2018, some automotive students (in all grades) dressed to impress for interviews that took placeThe following companies participated and enjoyed lunch after at 500 Palisade Cafe:
Luncheon Held to Honor Auto Instructor
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Award Luncheon was held at Bullard-Havens on December 18, 2017. Automotive Department Head, Roxanne Amiot was honored with a much deserved celebration sponsored by Harbor Freight and BHT, for winning 2nd place for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for School Prize for Teaching Excellence. Harbor Freight sought to recognize teaching excellence in skilled trades instructors that enabled their students to learn deeply and be career ready. We are very proud of Mrs. Amiot and her accomplishments.
Female Auto Shop Teacher Finalist for Tool Prize
Graduate Honored for Union Mentoring Program
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Recent automotive graduate from the Class of 2017, Rafael Rodriquez, was honored at the 2017 Teamsters/Sikorsky Career Pathways Union Mentoring Program for his successful participation.
Rafael was selected to intern for the past 2 summers at Sikorsky under mentors Mike Brown and Dave Kristy. The program, in its 16th year, provides opportunities for local tech high school juniors to work and build employability and technical skills.
Dennis DJ Yaremich and Joe Grabinski coordinate the program with our schools.
Rafael represented Bullard-Havens and the automotive technology department very well over the past 2 summers and plans to apply for a full time position there. Great job Rafael!
Program Coordinator, DJ Yaremich, Rafael and Dr. Kenneth Hilliard
Instructor Roxanne Amiot and Rafael
Sikorsky Mentors: Dave Kristy and Mike Brown
Automotive Students Attend New York Auto Show
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Automotive students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 went to the 2017 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The students walked around and spoke to dealers and representatives from different companies. The students were also able to view the latest and greatest in auto trends.
Auto Students Interview with Local Businesses
Monday, April 3, 2017
In conjunction with our school’s Career Day, local automotive businesses conducted interviews of Bullard-Havens Automotive students, grades 9-12, for potential job shadowing and work based learning employment.
Automotive students prepared resumes and practiced interviews with the following businesses and representatives:
Porsche of Fairfield James Moreno, Service Manager
Audi of Fairfield Ted Orazietti
Fair Auto Napa of Bridgeport Michael Demattia, Owner
Curtiss-Ryan Honda of Shelton John Hauck, Service Director
Weston Repair Center Don MacIntyre, Owner
D'Addario Auto Group of Shelton Dan Schnaufer, Service Director
Mondial Automotive Anthony Emmi
Harte Nissan Justin Alexander, Manager Josh Russo, Tech
Northeast AAA Jim Brennan
Penfield Automotive Bob Trez
Central Brake and Wheel Marco Urbani
Gateway College Automotive Ed Barlage
Automotive students are now scheduling job shadowing dates in hopes of Work Based Learning employment. Great employers supporting us and great students filling industry’s needs!
Please contact Mrs. Amiot if a business would like to participate in future events.
The Aquarion Water Company fleet garage on Lindley St. in Bridgeport is donating 3 trucks for Bullard-Havens Automotive department for students to perform curriculum task sheets on. This partnership with local business is very important to the auto program and is much appreciated. In the picture is one of the trucks being donated with the auto senior class and Aquarion Fleet supervisor Mark Rosso ( a former BHT Auto graduate - post grad) and John Greenburg. Aquarion is looking into working with our students on future projects.
Roberto Hernandez a Bullard-Havens Automotive Technology 12th grade student is a Work Based Learning (WBL) student working at Paul Miller Nissan in Fairfield. He worked there during the summer and continues to work there 2 days a week out of his shop cycle where he receives experience under a mentor and pay.
This business education partnership is a great benefit for students who meet requirements and must interview for the position and local businesses looking to build their future skilled workforce. The partnerships are critical to the student's success and the growth of our states skilled trade base.
Roberto is shown here with his Service Manager, Earl Mastri, who is very happy with this placement.
Other WBL placements so far this year are with Hansen's Auto Body of Stratford and Sikorsky of Stratford with more to come.
In October, three of Sikorsky and Union Local 1150 mentors gave a presentation to Bullard-Havens 10thgrade students regarding The Teamsters / Sikorsky Career Pathways Union Mentoring Program- a partnership with Bullard-Havens THS and the CTHSS system for the past fifteen years. DJ Yaremich discussed possible internship opportunities available the summer of their junior year. They discussed the opportunities select students will have as part of this 8 week internship such as discipline, work ethic, skills development and, most of all, union values, all in a real work environment. Students were given an overview as to how to apply in their junior year.
Pictured: Dave Lucas III, Tania Dejesus, Dennis Yaremich
Auto senior student, Rafael Rodriguez was honored at a dinner earlier this school year with other Connecticut Technical High School students for successfully completing his Sikorsky internship this summer. He is shown in the picture with one of his mentors, School Principal Mr. Cavallaro and Auto Instructor Mrs. Amiot.
PICTURES OF STUDENTS WORKING