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McKee High School Plans CTE Expo on Staten Island Sat, Mar 19

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McKee CTE High School on Staten Island is opening its doors for a CTE Expo on Saturday, March 19:


Ralph R. McKee CTE High School
Career & Technical Education Expo
Saturday, March 19
9:00 am to 1200 noon
290 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301

Innovative Professional Development in CTE Marked the Summer of 2015

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The Office of Post Secondary Readiness (OPSR) Industry Engagement Team coordinated a wide variety of professional development opportunities for CTE teachers and administrators during the Summer of 2015.

Automotive Externships
GYNADA logoThe Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) and the UFT’s National Industry Certification for Educators (NICE) initiative placed eight CTE teachers from automotive technology and auto body repair programs into businesses throughout the city. Teachers trained intensively on­-site with auto technicians for ten to sixty hours, and the training may be used by teachers towards receiving National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) credits.

ASE Boot Camp
ASEx74Through GNYADA, the UFT’s NICE Initiative and Lincoln Technical Institute, a three­-day boot camp offered eight automotive teachers a chance to intensively prepare and learn testing strategies for  the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests.  A majority of participating teachers passed two or more tests, and three teachers passed all prerequisite tests for ASE certification.

Culinary Externships at Google
Restaurat Associates logoTwo culinary teachers had the opportunity to work alongside Restaurant Associates award-winning chefs at Google Inc. The teachers rotated through Google’s eight kitchens in both the front and back of the house to refresh their skills and provide them with tangible examples to bring back to their classrooms.

Google for Education Training
Through Microsoft’s Innovative Education Trainer Academy in collaboration with the UFT’s NICE Initiative, Success Via Apprenticeship Program participant Damiano Mastrandrea led training on Google for Education for twenty CTE teachers in a two-­day program at Microsoft’s Times Square offices. The sessions provided a step­-by­-step guide on setting up a Google education portal for school-­wide use, website development, parent engagement and learning management.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Train the Trainer
oshax77The UFT and the International Chemical Workers Union presented a four­-day OSHA Train the Trainer Program for sixteen teachers from seven CTE schools. Participants will return in January to complete the second session and receive their OSHA trainer credentials. Seven of these participants are now approved to receive training for OSHA’s Construction Industry Train the Trainer program.

Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) Teacher Training
svax100Twelve new Success Via Apprenticeship Program SVAs and CTE teachers entering from industry participated in a new teacher boot camp late August covering pedagogical essentials such as lesson planning, effective questioning and classroom management. They were joined by master CTE teachers and administrators who presented on various teaching methodologies.

Sustainability Curriculum Design Studio
Cloud Inst logoThe Cloud Institute lead 20 academic teachers in a six­-day intensive curriculum design studio, part of a holistic integration initiative by NYC DOE’s OPSR to infuse academics, technical training and sustainability education across CTE content areas. Teachers received training on sustainability curriculum standards and design methodology.

Website Design
Graphics Comm logoA collaboration of the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission, CUNY’s City­Tech and the UFT, twenty teachers attended a four-day web design course geared towards updating teachers skills and creating new and innovative ways to incorporate web site creation and design into the curriculum.

Harley Davidson Internships Propel McKee Students to First Place in Automotive Competition

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RMHS auto program (l. to r.) Nicholas Harripersad, Brandon Colvil, Mr. Dave Sarno and Thomas Marron.

Only seniors can enter the annual Greater New York Dealer’s Association (GNYDA) automotive competition held at GNYDA’s Queens campus. For the second year in a row, students from Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School (RMHS) on Staten Island bested teams from six other New York City schools that have automotive programs. Most of those schools have over 200 seniors while RMHS has only 30 members in its senior class, but RMHS students come to school early and stay late to train for the GNYDA contest.

The two students who came in First Place this year were Thomas Marron and Brandon Colvil, both part of RMHS’s internship program. For the past year, these two dedicated students have been interning at Lombardi’s Harley Davidson on Bay Street in Staten Island. Thomas told his automotive teacher, Mr. David Sarno, “Working there has really helped train me to become a great mechanic.”

This win gave RMHS back-to-back titles for the first time in the school’s history. Both Thomas and Brandon won up to $12,500 in scholarships. On February 10, 2015, they will compete in the state championship against the top teams in Long Island and upstate New York as well as the second, third and fourth place teams in NYC. The winner of the state championship will go up against nationwide contenders at the New York International Auto Show in April.

The students had to compete at twelve different work stations that challenged their knowledge of today’s high tech automobiles. The stations included electrical, brakes, tires, tool identification, steering and suspension systems. Brandon said, “Our attention to detail is what put us over the top.” The judges agreed.

Mr. Sarno, recent recipient of the CTE Council’s Stanley Schair CTE Teacher Award for Excellence & Innovation  said, “I am so proud of my students. Accomplishments like this really help my program.”

Edison High School Adds National AYES Automotive Certification

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Recent ABC TV coverage of New York City automotive students.
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School in Jamaica, Queens is the newest member of AYES, the Automotive Youth Educational System sponsored by GYNADA, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. Edison joins an elite group of 14 other AYES-certified high schools in New York State.

AYESogoA model of school/industry collaboration, the AYES  business and education partnership has been recognized by the US Department of Education for its part in raising the rigor of Career & Technical Education. The AYES program combines the resources of automotive manufacturers, automotive dealership associations, state and local departments of education and employers in the local community to create a school-to-career process, based on the European apprenticeship model.

For the last few years, Stephen Mercaldo, GYNADA’s education and training consultant and the New York State AYES manager, worked with school staff to bring the automotive technology program in line with industry standards. Edison earned National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification in 2011 and AYES certification this month. The goal of the AYES initiative is to develop career-ready, entry-level automotive technicians and service personnel. Students enrolled in an AYES certified high school automotive technology program are presented opportunities and guidance to explore automotive careers, and they are given the tools and support they need to learn, develop and practice the technical, academic and employability skills needed for success.

The capstone of the AYES model is a 320-hour workplace internship, usually during the summer between the junior and senior year, where working beside a trained and qualified mentor (ASE certified automotive technician) the student prepares for entry-level career positions or advanced studies in automotive technology.

AYES certified schools have access to an industry endorsed curriculum, manufacturer technical information, manufacturer specific technical training, interactive website, publications, assistance with AYES program delivery, donations, scholarships and mentor/student training. Edison automotive technology instructors are certified by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), an independent non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of auto repair and service by testing and certifying automotive technicians.

Thomas Edison has an enrollment of over 2,800 students. Students take required academic courses in their freshman year and at the end of the year choose one of ten career and technical tracks to pursue in grades 10 to 12. Over two hundred students are enrolled in the automotive technology program.

ABC-7 Covers the High School Automotive Competition

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Twelve teams of New York automotive students competed in the recent regional preliminaries leading up to the National Automotive Technology Competition. The Automotive Finals take place at the New York International Automobile Show April 10 and 11. ABC’s Art McFarland visited the action, described the prizes and scholarships and interviewed the winning students. Click to watch the video.

Staten Island’s Solar Car Readied for Texas Challenge

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Students prep their solar car.

Students in the Tottenville High School Green Tech Club are preparing their solar-powered car to compete this summer in the annual Solar Car Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway. Established in 1993 as the Winston Challlenge, the independent educational program is designed to motivate students in science, engineering, and alternative energy as they learn how to design, engineer, build, and race roadworthy solar cars. More than 65 schools in 20 states now take part in the event. Teachers from across put their minds together to make the Solar Car Challenge one of the most engaging and motivating high school science programs. Last year the Tottenville entry placed in the Top Ten.


In preparation for the July event, the Tottenville Student Crew will be exhibiting their car on March 8 at the Staten Island Green & Clean Expo, an annual event sponsored by Consolidated Edison, Dana Motors, Hess, National Grid, the city Office of Environmental Remediation, Pratt Industries, Staten Island Mental Health Society and Verizon. Register for free online.

The non-profit Solar Car Challenge Foundation is funded through sponsorship from corporations and foundations, as well as individual donations. Donate to support the Solar Car Challenge.

Do it yourself. For instructions, component lists and schematics, browse
How To Build A Solar Car, an in-depth look at how Northview High School in Covina, CA built their solar car