WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - Students all over the state returned to school this week.

That included seniors at Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury on Friday.

Students from grades 9 through 11 started on Thursday.

About 800 students are in the school. Getting admitted to it is a very competitive process, according to its administrators.

Once students are accepted, they take on academic classes and learn a technological trade.

They have 12 trades from which to choose. They include electrical, culinary, automotive and manufacturing.

Throughout the year, 91 days are spent academic classes and the other 91 days are spent in 'shop.' 

"There's a balance. They will spend between six to nine day in what we call a cycle, and they'll go between academics or trade," said Kenneth Hilliard, Kaynor Tech Principal. 

Students told Channel 3 that they're looking forward to a year full of new opportunities and enjoy getting the hands-on experience in classes.

"It's prepared me a lot," said Rafaela Maciel, a senior. "Because the shops help you do everything and they also have the program WBL which you can work and everything. I’m on it and I make money while I’m out of school and in school, so it's great."

After graduation, some students go directly into trades and others attend four year colleges and universities. 

More information on the school can be found on its website here.

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