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Seven Staten Island Schools Showcase CTE Options at CareerCon 2015 on Feb 2

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Download the CareerCon 2014 General Publc Flyer

Download the CareerCon 2014 General Publc Flyer

A borough-wide effort by Staten Island’s CTE educators on November 3 will bring together

  • government leaders
  • local businesses
  • vocational, secondary or post-secondary educational institutions
  • middle schools who want to better advise students about high school 
  • organizations interested in meeting the future employees, employers, entrepreneurs and leaders of Staten Island

The CareerCon 2015 event combines professional sessions for educators, Career Pathways Presentations for students, work-based learning discussions for current and prospective industry partners and a CTE Showcase for the general public. Seven high schools are highlighting their CTE programs:


New Dorp
Port Richmond

Staten Island Tech

Each of the schools will have an opportunity to introduce their unique CTE educational programs. There are vital partnerships that can be fostered between these high schools and businesses as well as schools interested in implementing their own CTE programs.

CareerCon 2015
February 2, 2015,
Open to the General Public
9:30 am 12:30 pm
Staten Island Technical High School
485 Clawson Street, Staten Island, NY 10306

For more information download the Flyer or
call S.I. Tech: 718-667-3222 Ext. 2291
or email Principal Mark Erlenwein:

Academy for Software Engineering Hosts Girls Who Code

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At a recent meeting for young women at the Academy for Software Engineering, students from schools like Brooklyn Technical High School, Staten Island Technical High School, St. Jean Baptiste High School and Rutgers University discussed opportunities and challenges for women in information technology fields. The event was organized by Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that works “to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.” This video report was produced by Karla Reyes of the World Journalism Preparatory School:

Katina Paron of WOMENSENEW.ORG wrote about the meeting:
‘Girls Who Code’ Talk About the Inspiration

New Study: CTE Students Are Much More Likely to Graduate than Non-CTE Students

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CSS StudyA new study, Challenging Traditional Expectations: How New York City’s CTE High Schools Are Helping Students Graduate [PDF] by Lazar Treschan and Apurva Mehrotraof the Community Service Society (CSS), “tracks the outcomes of a cohort of 79,705 students — including 6,262 from CTE schools in the city – from September 2008 when they entered high school through June and August 2012 graduations. Drawing on previous work on CTE schools by a 2008 Mayoral Task Force and a 2012 Public Advocate’s report, the CSS study is the first quantitative, statistical analysis of CTE student and school-level data.”

Some key findings:

  • New York City public high school students are more likely to graduate if they attend a CTE school.
  • Individual CTE schools compare very favorably to schools with similar student populations.
  • CTE schools serve students who, on average, enter high school less likely to graduate.

The study focused on the 25 dedicated CTE high schools that had at least one graduating class by August 2012. Newer schools like P-TECH and the integrated CTE programs at generalized high schools were not included. In general, newer, smaller schools had better outcomes than older, bigger schools. Analyses of school choice decisions, demographic data, college readiness, and a school-by-school comparison provide a wealth of detail about the CTE landscape in New York City.

Graduation Rates for Black and Latino Student in CTE Schools Far Outpace Traditional High School

Vocational Students Graduate at Higher Rates

NY POST, Feb 25 2014:
Tech education helping city students get ahead

Graphics Students’ Scholarship Deadline is May 12

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Students applying for this year’s Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation awards have until May 12, 2014 to email their completed applications and supporting documents to The  Foundation is a spin-off of the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission. Last year’s recipients are enrolled in graphics programs at more than a dozen colleges all across the country. See the 2013 recipients and the schools they attend, and browse their work on the Foundation’s home page:


Bronx Design & Construction Students Receive Sustainable Energy Award in Abu Dhabi

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Students from one of New York City’s newest CTE high schools, the Bronx Design & Construction Academy, won international recognition for their sustainability research in the global Zayed Future Energy Prize. The students built a unique rooftop energy research installation and have presented the results of their work at scientific conferences. Listen to students and their teachers discuss the project in the first two minutes of this Zayeed Prize video:


In a recent Daily News article, reporter Joey Scarborough wrote about the school’s efforts and posted a photo of student Ray Figueroa receiving the prize from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where the award ceremony was held:

Bronx school beats out deep field
to snag international award


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.

Tommy Hilfiger and Chancellor Walcott Tour HS for Fashion Industries: DNAinfo

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Acclaimed fashion entrepreneur and CTE alumnus Tommy Hilfiger visited students and faculty at the High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan recently, accompanied by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The event was covered by reporter Mathew Katz in an article in Born upstate in Elmira, New York, Hilfiger was studying at the GST BOCES school when he opened his first company. From Katz’s report:

The designer, who started what would become the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation when he was still in high school, told the aspiring designers that their best bet to get a foot in the door in the fashion world is to work at a retail clothing store.

“You will learn so much. You will learn that every customer has a different request,” he said.

“That, I think, is a great education.”

 Read the full article and see the slideshow at

Bayside Interns Conduct Energy Conservation Audits of NYC Schools

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IBSenviroStudents from Bayside High School got invaluable experience in engineering and energy efficiency through internships with the New York City Department of Education Division of School Facilities and its non-profit partner, Solar One. Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Solar One arranged for engineers from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to mentor and supervise the students through an analysis of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) at two NYCDOE buildings in Queens,  the Susan B. Anthony School and the Edward Hart School.

During their internships, students were taught how to read technical drawings, level II Energy Audit Reports and NYPA Project Reports. After learning the ropes, the interns performed an energy audit of their own high school and analyzed the energy savings opportunities for all of the school;s mechanical and electrical systems. Students submitted their report to the school’s administration and presented their findings at NYPA’s headquarters.

SCIP Celebrates 16 Years of Mentoring and Internships with March 7 Fundraising Gala

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The Selective Corporate Internship Program (SCIP) will hold its 16th anniversary celebration “An Evening with the Stars” at the Battery Gardens inside Battery Park on March 7 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. The SCIP program provides bright, promising New York and New Jersey high school students with corporate mentoring, leadership development and internship opportunities to gain valuable business skills. 

SCIPgalaThe Evening with the Stars dinner honors executives and their organizations that support SCIP’s  program:  Desiree Dancy, chief diversity officer and vice president of corporate HR,  New York Times (Corporation Of The Year Award); Sterling Roberson, vice president, United Federation of Teachers  (Leadership Of The Year Award);  Lynda Ireland, president and CEO, the NY&NJ Minority Supplier Development Council  (Humanitarian Of The Year Award); and Albert Ruiz, president, Urban Studio Motion and Print (Partnership Of The Year Award). The event is chaired by Mark Szollar of the  New York Times.

“We give these awards annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves and their companies by successfully demonstrating a strong commitment to service,” says SCIP Co-Founder Monica Mancebo.The gala also recognizes SCIP alumni. This year’s Ambassador Of The Year Honorees are Rima Abdelkader, journalist at NBC, and Francois Cedoit, auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The emcee for the evening is Pierre Salamon, vice president, Global Training and Brand Development, Victorinox, Switzerland. Major supporters include: The New York Times, the United Federation Of Teachers, Paul Volker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Victorinox Swiss Army, Clarins Fragrance Group, American Express, Pfizer, USTA, Thierry Mugler, HACR, PRIMER, Ernst & Young, Mitchell & Titus, Colgate, IOMA, Urban Studios Motion and Print, Georgetown College, Penn State, Rutgers University, Time Warner, NBC, PWC, New York Life, JPMorgan Chase, Staples, Target and Electrolux.

For more information, call Miguel Mancebo at 646-236-4289 or email

500 CTE Teachers Attend Lectures, Panels and Workshops at CTE at the Core Conference

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On January 28, over 500 CTE teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals attended CTE at the Core, a professional development conference and networking event for CTE professionals, a gathering of the CTE community and a celebratory launch of National CTE Month. The unique event was a four way collaboration between the New York City Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State CTE Technical Assistance Center and the Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education. Education leaders, national experts, industry partners and teachers joined in an interactive day of panels, workshops and lectures designed to improve CTE programs citywide.

The on-line Conference Program includes the day’s schedule, information about the speakers and links to handouts, worksheets and other resources. Conference attendees were invited to assess the event through a web evaluation form.