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


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 Kleinfeld web site:

For the past three years, Kleinfeld has worked closely with the High School of Fashion Industries to provide students with an opportunity to see their designs come to life within a renowned couture environment…


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 covered the event:





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 Site Design, Digital Video Production, Digital Photography, Package Design and Student Filmmaking. Last Friday, over a hundred graphics students gathered at CityTech’s labs to compete in the thirteenth annual Finals.

For each of the live competition categories, students were given a themr on-site and had four hours to produce finished work. Photography contestants took photos in downtown Brooklyn  neighborhoods. Video students shot and edited their spots using live and web-discovered material. All competitors worked from the same basic resources. For the Desktop Publishing & Design category, the winning piece — a poster promoting Harlem Week — will be used by the sponsor, the United Federation of Teachers, in signage and ads this summer.

Of the eleven high schools that submitted contestants through the two Qualifying Rounds in April and May, nine schools took home trophies, cash and prizes. The First Place winners in each category will be hosted by the New York Times Production Department with a networking dinner with Times executives and a tour of the pre-press, printing and mailing operations in College Point, Queens.

The list of winners and their work will be posted to the Competition web site this week. For next year’s event, organizers are planning a new competition category in Digital Illustration.

New York City Wins 29 Medals in Statewide SkillsUSA Competition


New York City public high schools placed high in the statewide SkillsUSA Competition at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Over 2,000 students competed in 82 categories like 3D Visualization, Construction Skills, IT Technologies and Health Care. Eleven New York City schools sent their biggest contingent yet, winning 29 medals in a broad set of contests. Many winners will go […]

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Queens Voc Junior Takes Top 10 Honors in Nationwide Cisco Networking Competition


Queens Vocational & Technical High School student Esteban Ansaldo beat over a thousand high school and college students to place in the Top 10 of the Cisco Networking Academy CCENT Netriders Competition held last week.  The  Netriders competition is an IT skills competition that showcases students’ networking skills in a theoretical and virtual hands on exam. The CCENT […]

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Brooklyn Students Work Internships Underwater


This week, a New York Times article by Lisa W. Foderaro described New York’s wettest internships served in the coral exhibit at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. Students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on Governor’s Island don scuba gear and provide essential underwater maintenance work inside the 167,000 gallon Glover’s […]

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