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Forlenza of McKee HS Wins National Gold at SkillsUSA Information Technology Competition in Kentucky

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Justin Forlenza of McKee HS outside the Kentucky Exposition Center

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2016 SkillsUSA Gold Medal

Justin Forlenza, a junior from Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School on Staten Island, won the National Gold Medal in the Information Technology Services competition (see below) at the SkillsUSA Championship last week.  The 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-June 24, 2016. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in the event. Watch the YouTube video and see the SkillsUSA infographic.

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McKee Principal Sharon Henry, medalist Justin Forlenza and Jorge Reynoso, Computer Systems Networking Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor, celebrate.

Justin is currently enrolled in the Computer Systems Networking Program at McKee High School. For winning First Place at the National Competition, he has received a number of prizes, a $10,000 scholarship to Sullivan University plus a number of gift cards. Justin is planning on attending SUNY’s Stony Brook University to study Software Engineering and Computer Science.

 

The SkillsUSA Contest Description:

Information Technology Services Students identify and correct end-user computing issues and must demonstrate ability to: configure and secure SOHO networks, configure network interfaces, manage client side virtual machines, navigate and modify Windows registry, deploy an operating system to a workstation, use remote assistance software and troubleshooting tools, identify virus and malware origins, understanding of basic security concepts, work with mobile devices, proficiently use commands in Windows, PowerShell, and Linux. Interpersonal skills include interaction with corporate co-workers, IT Consultants and, Consumers. In addition, the contestants are proctored a Comp TIA Certification exam. Their score on this exam is used as the basis for the written portion of the contest.

UA Global Commerce FIRST Robotics Students Make It To The Finals, Now They Need The Money To Go

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Last month, members of RoboSquad 5891 from UA Global Commerce won a slot at the World Championships in St. Louis. This month they're raising the money to go.

Last month, members of RoboSquad 5891 from UA Global Commerce won a slot at the World Championships in St. Louis. This month they’re raising the travel expenses.

After winning in the New York Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Javits Center, the students of RoboSquad 5891 at the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce in Harlem tackled a new challenge: raising  expense money for the trip to the Finals in St. Louis. The NYC Department of Education will for travel and lodging, but not expenses.

The team sprang into action with a digital marketing effort that includes a web site pitch, a GoFundMe campaign and a video news report on NY1. Watch reporter Michael Herzenberg’s NY1 news story:

East Harlem Robotics Students Seek Help
Traveling to St. Louis for FIRST World
Championship

see the RoboSquad 5891 photo gallery, and

 

DONATE TO FUND THE TRIP

 

 

Radiology Competition at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Leads to Internships

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“It all started in 1895 when Rector Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays…”

Azreen Hasan’s essay on the role of radiology in medicine begins with Roentgen and covers the impact of x-rays on healthcare. At the annual Radiology Competition last Spring organized by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), Azreen’s winning effort landed her a summer internship doing research in engineering. The high school junior from Manhattan’s High School for Health Professions and Human Services produced a study of the Measurement of Electrical Resistance with Paper Based Circuits for the Diagnosis of Urinary Infection, research that could lead to inexpensive diagnostic tools for developing countries.

The annual competition, Radiology: Giving Back to New York City, was launched in 2004 by Dr. Hedvig Hricak, Chair of the Department of Radiology at MSK, and is administered by Dr. Sara J. Abramson, Emeritus Attending and former Director of Pediatric Radiology,  and Dr. Jacqueline Bello. Some 30 faculty and staff members volunteer their time and talents every year. About 75 students from all five boroughs compete, and last year five received internships at MSK.

Sheila Fortunato, CTE Council Member and Grants/Program Manager for the Department of Radiology at MSK published an account of the competition on the prestigious Elsevier Connect journal:

High school essays lead to internships
at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The journal article includes Azreen Hasan’s 2015 essay as well as the 2014 essay winner Sarah Tress, formerly of Staten Island Technical High School and now studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

CTE Student Apps Highlighted in ABC News TCS Marathon Coverage

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Four CTE high schools participated in an app challenge at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.

Just before the start of this year’s TCS New York City Marathon, ABC-TV news reporter Amy Breeze filed a story about the TCS goIT Technology Awareness Program. Students from four high schools — Chelsea CTE High School, the Academy for Software Engineering, Thomas Edison CTE High School and the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering — created a series of apps to support the marathon.

Watch the video.

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
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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.

Graphics Events: Citywide Competition, Scholarships and a New Web Professional Development Course

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Last month the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission launched the fourteenth Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition with a new category — Digital Illustration — joining Graphic Design (formerly Desktop Publishing & Design), Digital Photography, Package Design, Digital Video Production, Web Site Design and Student Filmmaking. In the on-line Qualifying Round ending April 22, teachers submit up to two students per category for consideration for the Finals. Click on the categories to see the rubrics for each contest.

At the Finals on June 5 at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology (CityTech), competitors will get new assignments that they must produce entirely on-site within the four-hour competition time limit. Trophies, cash and prizes go to the winners, and every participant brings home a gift bag. Major support for the Annual Graphics Competition comes from Adobe Systems Inc.

GRAPHICS SCHOLARSHIPS

This month the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation posted the on-line applications for new and returning students. The Foundation provides financial support to New York City metro area students pursuing careers in graphic communications. The deadline for Scholarship Applications for the 2015–2016 school year is May 11, 2015.

WEB SITE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE

The Graphics Commission in partnership with CityTech is offering CTE Graphics instructors a four-day training session, 6 hours a day, on July 13 through July 16 covering web site design fundamentals, skills that are essential to any student getting an entry level position or internship in a graphic arts, media and web design program. Following up his Election Day PD talk, Professor Dan Wong of CityTech will lead the sessions:

  • HTML/CSS: Zero to 60 mph
  • Content Management Systems and Implementation of WordPress
  • Analytics, Social Media, How the Internet Works
  • Developing Curriculum, Projects, and Web Design Assignments for High School Students

These classes will also prepare teachers for the CIW Web Site Development Associate certification.

For further information, email Ms. Sari David, Associate Director of Industry Engagement, Career & Technical Education, Office of Postsecondary Readiness. New York City Department of Education.

Future Business Leaders Get Together and Pick Champions

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c_FBLA_colorx100Last week the New York State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held the annual Spring District Meeting (SDM) at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. FBLA chapters from Queens Voc, Campus Magnet High School and the Laurelton Middle School heard a presentation on leadership by Suveer Seemangal, State Vice President of FBLA District 2. Students helds a coin challenge for the New York State FBLA charity, the March of Dimes.

Student competitions for public speaking, impromptu speaking, and parliamentary procedure selected winners who will compete at the State Leadership Conference coming up in April.

SkillUSA New York City Regional Conference Set for Saturday, March 7 at Edison High School

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SkillsUSA is a  Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) that connects  students, teachers and industry partners to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization works through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills trainingand organizes local, state and national competitions in many CTE categories.

SkillsUSA has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members, and more than 300,000 students and instructors are served each year.

 

Download the three-page PDF flyer.

Download the three-page PDF flyer.

This year’s SkillsUSA New York City
Regional Conference is set for:

March 7, 2015
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

 

Listed here are some of the competitions currently on the schedule:

To learn more about competitions, browse the full list of New York State standards.

 

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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.”

Forest Hills HS and Madison HS Students Win Citywide We the People Constitutional Law Contest

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Winning We the People teams from Forest Hills High School and James Madison High School earned the top two finalist spots heading for the New York State competition.

On December 13, 2014, the NYC DOE Justice Resource Center hosted over 160 students at the We The People NYC competition at MLK High School. Classes of students from Forest Hills High School, James Madison High School, Harry S. Truman, Midwood High School, Queens Vocational and Technical High School presented arguments and answered judges’ questions during multiple rounds of mock Congressional hearings.

The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Progrram began in 1987 through the Center for Civic Education and promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The Justice Resource Center, in partnership with the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Committee of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), offer NYC high schools the opportunity to participate in the program.

The We the People competition is the yearly culminating event of the NYC program. Teams of students present for four minutes based on the six units in the text. Volunteer attorneys, politicians, and professors serve on the judges panel and ask students questions for the final six minutes of the competition. Each team is scored based on their overall performance.

This year, Forest Hills High School and James Madison High School earned the top two finalist spots. Both teams will be competing in Albany at the NY State competition with an eye towards winning the championship enabling them to advance to the national competition.

Download the competition’s Hearing Questions and see how well you would do in front of a panel of judges.