HLCA participants have the opportunity to learn from the best. Students participate in real-life astronaut training and learn from scientists, former astronauts and engineers who provide first-hand accounts of professional experiences.
In addition to 45 hours of classroom, laboratory and field-training, participants in the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA) have the unique opportunity to participate in simulated astronaut training, including a realistic shuttle mission and the opportunity to experience what it’s like to walk on the moon and tumble in a space capsule.
Other activities include stress-inducing and time-sensitive physical challenges, simulated jet-fighter pilot training, and rocket construction.
College students serve as mentors to HLCA participants. Mentors are science, mathematics, and engineering majors at various colleges and universities in the U.S. who have completed at least two years of college. College students who work at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) as part of a co-op/internship program also serve as mentors.
During their stay at the USSRC, students also meet with scientists, engineers and former astronauts who help reinforce core leadership competencies and provide first-hand accounts of professional experiences. These competencies include: purposeful leadership; critical thinking; integrated planning; effective communication; and team trust and cohesion.
USSRC has worked with The University of Alabama in Huntsville for more than 25 years to provide science elective college credit to all high school participants.
HLCA participants are eligible to receive college credit from the program, which can be used at most colleges and universities. Information about college credit is provided in graduation materials.
Content for the program was written in conjunction with the Colleges of Science and Engineering and the Office of Research.