AutoHSChevy Automotive High School students working on the 1968 pickup.


A story in the Daily News this Sunday by Doyle Murphy chronicles the efforts by students at Automotive High School in Brooklyn to restore a 1968 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck and auction it off for scholarship money. From the article:

“It was a lot of work, but it’s shaping up,” 17-year-old East Flatbush senior Seyvon Ondaan said.

He’s spent his after-school afternoons on the project since he was a sophomore and plans to study mechanical engineering at Northern Illinois University after graduation.

The project is made possible through the support of Riding With Us, a nonprofit foundation that provides scholarship and mentorship opportunities to youth who want to work in the auto industry. The foundation donated the Chevy pickup and launched an on-line fundraising campaign.

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Brooklyn students’ class(ic) project

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Help Us Turn Our ’68 Pickup Into Scholarships

From UA’s Joe Pinto:

On December 13th, The Urban Assembly is hosting a Career & Technical Education Symposium: Preparing Today’s Youth for the 21st Century Economy at New York University’s Kimmel Center, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

Recognized as a leader in Career & Technical Education (CTE), The Urban Assembly has created seven New York City CTE public high schools. In our effort to serve, celebrate and learn from the field, the CTE Symposium will focus on answering the questions central to preparing today’s young people for tomorrow’s workforce. Our growing list of participants and speakers includes Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, former Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, and leaders in the field of CTE representing practitioners, experts, policy advisors, funders, and public and private sector partners.

Please join us! Click below to RSVP and learn more about the event on the CTE Symposium website, which will grow over the next two months to include resources, social media feeds, details about our participating experts, and the call to action for our community.

Career & Technical Education Symposium:
Preparing Today’s Youth for the 21st Century Economy

UA CTE Symposium

Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012





This year, industry partners and educators are producing a dozen CTE professional development conferences on Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day) in venues around New York City:

  • Automotive Teachers Technology Conference
  • Automotive Technology Workshop
  • Construction Trades & Apprenticeship Training Directors
  • Culinary Arts
  • Developing a Work-Based Learning Sequence for Construction & Architecture Programs
  • Green Construction Careers Workshop
  • Health Occupations: Skills, Industry and Occupational Trends
  • Justice Resource Center: Law
  • Media, Design and Graphic Arts:
    2014 Graphics Teachers Technology Conference
  • NAF Student Certification Assessment System (SCAS)
  • The Technology Community Corps Platforms: Recruiting Tech Mentors
  • Virtual Enterprises International: VE Training Lab

PDformTo register and to see more about a PD session, go to the web sign up form, enter your contact information, and click on the drop down menu to find the list of professional development events.

For more information contact Harini Venkatesh:

Last Friday at  ABC Studios, newscaster Sade Baderinwa awarded students from the High School of Art & Design the First Prize  ($12,000) and the Third Prize ($5,000) in the 2014 ABC/Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams competition. Both pulic service announcements (PSAs) were entirely written, filmed and edited by sophomore film students who have been studying film for less than a year.

The First Prize went to “Don’t judge a book by its color” by Tim Chachibaia, Jialun (Allen) Jiang, Jasmin Hall, Ashley Debbagh and Caleb Giles. Third Prize was awarded to “PSA against human trafficking” by Priscilla Suarez. Congratulations to our talented young filmmakers and to their teacher, Mr. Hanan Harchol.

Watch Sade Baderinwa’s video report on the event:

Last week’s edition of Metro Graphics Reporter, an industry trade publication, covered the 2014 Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation (GCSF) Awards celebration held June 19 at the Hearst Tower in midtown.  Now in its twelfth year, the Foundation is a spin-off of the CTE Council’s Graphics Industry Advisory Commission that provides tuition money to New York metro area students.

This year, GCSF awarded 28 scholarships to students from New York City public schools like the High School of Art & Design, High School of Graphic Communication Arts, Brooklyn Technical High School, Clara Barton High School, Bayside High School, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School and Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts as well as continuing college students at SUNY Purchase, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, the School Visual Arts,  Rochester Institute of Technology,  Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School for Design, Syracuse University, CUNY Hunter and Virginia Commonwealth University plus graduate studies at Pratt Institute. (Browse the list of recipients and the schools they attend.)

GCSF’s 2014 Champion of Education (and CTE Council chairperson) Jack Powers describes developing a career in graphic communications using his version of an Incan quipu.


The Foundation named Jack Powers, CTE Chairperson and director of the International Informatics Institute, as its 2014 Champion of Education, citing Powers’ long career as an advocate for K-12 and higher education programs in graphic communications. Powers has served on the Graphic Industry Advisory Commission for 27 years and is a strong proponent of school/industry partnerships.

Describing the Foundation’s work and the annual Awards Ceremony, Jack said, “Beyond the money it has raised — which is very helpful – GCSF has built a sustainable network, a vibrant community of students, parents, teachers, schools and industry people who work together to prepare the next generation.”  He noted that scholarship recipients bring parents and family members to the industry celebration and re-apply each year for continuing funding.

Read the whole story by editor Patrick Henry at Metro Graphics Reporter:

GCSF Presents “Champion of Education” Award to
Jack Powers and Scholarship Grants to 28 Metro Area Students

High School of Fashion Industries Students Shine in 2014 Bridal Challenge


On June 12, three students from the High School of Fashion Industries got a chance to showcase their dress designs before the top bridal industry gurus at world-famous Kleinfeld Bridal, site of the TLC television show “Say Yes To The Dress“. This year’s finalists included Hadassa Dorcean, Lashun Costor, and Stacy Isaacs. Read the whole story at the […]

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McKee Students Tour IT Data Center and Internet Exchange


Students from Ralph R. McKee CTE High School visited Telehouse, a massive IT data center hosting millions of critical transactions per day. The students learned about career pathways in digital communications from Irene Goltsman, chief operating office of Digital Edge, a data center services provider specializing in back-end technology and McKee’s work-based learning host. Cable news outlet NY1 […]

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Nine CTE High Schools Place Winners in the Citywide Graphic Arts Competition


Over a hundred CTE students await the judges’ results during lunch at the CityTech Atrium during the annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition. Every year, the Graphic Arts Industry Advisory Commission, the New York City College of Technology (CityTech) and industry partners sponsor a citywide competition for graphics students in Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design, Web […]

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