Seth Swindle of Certiport writesn about the 2014 Adobe World Championship:

We would love to see a NYC student representing the United States!

Three students from the United States will win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the World Championship Round in Anaheim, California from July 27-30. During the World Championship Round, students from around the world will participate in a design challenge using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, competing for prizes and scholarship money!

Competitors must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible to participate in the ACA World Championship:

  • Student, currently enrolled in an approved, accredited academic institution
  • Aged 13-22 (as of May 15, 2014)
  • Earned Adobe Certified Associate certification in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign between the dates of October 1, 2013 and May 15, 2014.

Watch a video of last year’s event:

Read about the 2014 Adobe Certified Associate World Championship and REGISTER ON-LINE by May 15, 2014.


YEAlogoMost of the thirteen finalists in last week’s Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy competition are students in Career and Technical Education programs, showcasing their abilities for the leaders of the business community on Staten Island. In her “Shark Tank” pitch, Tottenville High School student Danielle Aylmer combined her entrepreneurial talents and her Dental Technology learning to achieve the first place honor , winning $1,125 for her business and a trip to the national competition in Rochester, New York in May. Other students from New Dorp High School and Susan Wagner High School represented Virtual Enterprise programs, and the remaining finalists came from Ralph R. McKee CTE High School and Staten Island Technical High School

From the YEA Facebook page:

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes sophomore and junior students through the process of starting and launching a real business over the course of a an academic year. Beginning in the fall, high school students at Staten Island public high schools have the unique opportunity to start and launch their own REAL businesses or social movements by participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).

Over the course of the year, students brainstorm ideas, write business plans, pitch their plans to a group of investors, obtain funding, launch their enterprise and actually sell their products or services. Along the way they file paperwork with the County Clerk’s office; work with business professionals to, among other things, build a brand identity and create a website; hear from local business owners; and participate in a Trade Show.

A study released this week by Columbia University found that the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, an innovative workforce development model for students in New York’s CTE schools, has been succeeding in placing minority youth in middle-class careers in the construction industry. The report, Expanding Opportunity for Middle Class Jobs In New York City: Minority Youth Employment in the Building and Construction Trades, was written by Ester Fuchs and Dorian Warren, professors of political science at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

The 54-page report presents a comprehensive analysis of the Molloy Construction Skills Initiative and provides some eye-opening statistics:

The cost per Construction Skills student placed in a union apprenticeship is $7,500 and increases their lifetime earning potential by 166 percent compared to other high school graduates working as a fast food cook.

With the same level of education, a Construction Skills graduate will earn $1.6 million more than a fast food cook over a lifetime of earnings.

And this chart on Page 31:



The authors found that Construction Skills is the most successful construction industry pre-apprenticeship program in the country, based on a review of pre-apprenticeship programs in other cities, and the story they tell provides invaluable insights for developing productive and sustainable partnerships between schools and industry.

See the news release and read the full report.

SEPx200The Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program is gearing up for its first-ever student hackathon on April 26 from 10;00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Taking place at two locations simultaneously — Queens Vocational & Technical High School and Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology — the all-day event is expected to draw in 200 current SEP students from all five boroughs. The theme of the hackathon, and a nod to the novice computer program, “Hello Small World” encourages students to contemplate the role of technology in their lives, exploring how it brings spaces, places and people closer together. In teams of four, SEP students will be spending the day learning about the design process as they create projects related to the “Hello Small World” theme using the educational programming language Scratch.

For more information about SEP’s hackathon, email Amna Siddiqui at


Last Saturday, student members of the National Technical Honor Society chapter housed at Thomas A. Edison CTE High School held a CTE Career Expo demonstrating their work and talking about their career plans. Drawing on Edison’s extensive CTE portfolio, exhibits covering Graphic Arts Technology, Electrical Installation Web Development, Mechanical Technology, Computer Repair and Robotics showcased a wide range of skills and aptitudes. Student representatives enthusiastically explained their disciplines to middle school and high school students, parents, guidance counselors and industry partners.


Staten Island Student Sparks Hospital Education Series


Tottenville High School student Ryan Sipp was working at Staten Island University Hospital as part of his school’s CTE Med Lab program when he suggested to the hospital staff that students would be interested in the work that they do. After networking with teachers, students, doctors and hospital administrators, the result was “Exploring Health Care Careers”, a regular […]

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Queens Aggie Student, Teacher and AP Steven Perry Highlighted in Crain’s NY


In the Gotham Gigs section of Crain’s New York Business last Friday, reporter Joe Anuta wrote about John Bowne High School Assistant Principal Steven Perry and the agriculture program he has been a part of for 30 years. On 3.8 acres in Queens, Perry and his students (pictured at left) study sheep, horses and chickens […]

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Forest Hills HS Students Are New York State Constitutional Law Champions


Last Saturday, a team from Forest Hills High School (pictured above) won First Place in the New York State Finals of the We the People constitutional law competition sponsored in part by the New York State Bar Association. Second Place was won by the James Madison High School team, this year’s New York City winner. The Forest Hills […]

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