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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.

USDA’s Chief Scientist Visits Food & Finance High School’s Manhattan Farm

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Cornell University educator Philson Warner describes the Food & Finance HS lab to USDA Under Secretary Cathie Woteki.

A report posted yesterday by Damon Thompson of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) describes a recent visit by Cathie Woteki, USDA’s Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, to the Manhattan fish farm and hydroponic garden at Food & Finance High School. The unique teaching facility was developed in partnership with Cornell University.

Read the USDA post:

Students Get Schooled by Schools of Fish

and read more about the Cornell University Cooperative Extension:

In Partnership with NYC High School, Cornell U. Builds and Enhances Sustainable Agriculture Technology

Chef Marc Murphy of Food Network’s Chopped will host a “dine-around” fundraiser for Food & Finance High School on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

DNAInfo Reports on Food & Finance High School’s Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Aquaculture

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An article in DNAInfo New York this week by Mathew Katz reports on the fish, lettuce, cabbages and spices grown by Food and Finance High School on West 50th Street in Manhattan:

Hell’s Kitchen School Raises 10,000 Fish in Basement

The food is used in the culinary education program and the school cafeteria. Some is sold to local businesses, used on the “Iron Chef” TV show or donated to relief organizations.

Spring CTE Spotlight

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The Spring 2013 edition of the CTE Spotlight newsletter from the Department of Education is now available on-line. The latest issue of the PDF publication includes:

  • Queens Vocational Students Spark Rebuilding Effort in Breezy Point by Nicholas C. Martinez
  • Looking Back to Move Forward: Industrial Arts’ Role Within Career and Technical Eduction by Frank Mazza
  • Mid-Winter Conference Puts “CTE at the Core”by David Fischer
  • NYC High School Students Turn Flour Into Gold

For more information or to suggest story ideas for future issues, please email editor Nicholas Martinez.

This Weekend, Cheer C-CAP Grad Lester Walker on Food Network TV

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Chopped TV

Lester Walker, a Park West High School graduate of C-CAP, the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, will compete for the $10,000 top prize on the Food Network’s Chopped program:

FoodChopped is a cooking competition show that’s all about skill, speed and ingenuity where four up-and-coming chefs compete before a panel of three expert judges and take everyday items and turn them into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course, the chefs will be “chopped” from the competition until only one winner remains. The challenge? They have seconds to plan and 30 minutes to cook an amazing course with the basket of mystery ingredients given to them moments before the clock starts ticking! And the pressure doesn’t stop there.

Once they’ve completed their dish, they’ve got to survive the Chopping Block where our three judges are waiting to be wowed and not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms! Our host, Ted Allen, leads this high energy, high-pressure show which will have viewers rooting for a winner and cheering for the losers. CHOPPED is a game of passion, expertise and skill – and in the end, only one chef will survive the Chopping Block.

C-CAP founder Richard Grausman writes that the episode will air this weekend on the Food Network at the following dates and  times:

Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 pm

Sunday, April 15 at 12:00 am (midnight Saturday)

Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 pm


Good luck, Lester!