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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.

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.


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.


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.

Academy of Urban Planning Students Produce Graphics for Local Businesses

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At the Academy of Urban Planning on the old Bushwick High School campus in Brooklyn, graphics teacher Andrew Drozd has moved his students out of the classroom and into the world or work with an innovative print media advertising offer to some 60 local businesses. Mr. Drozd and his students created a video about their use of graphics to engage students and the community:



Eric Jankiewicz of the Queens Courier wrote about the students’ experiences:

High school brings colorful posters to Queens businesses

and Andrew Drozd publishes an e-learning web site sponsored by a dozen industry partners supporting his classes:

Mr. Drozd’s Computers Graphics and Design

Graphics Scholarship Foundation Funds 28 Students and Names Jack Powers “Champion of Education”

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Last week’s edition of Metro Graphics Reporter, an industry trade publication, covered the 2014 Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation (GCSF) Awards celebration held June 19 at the Hearst Tower in midtown.  Now in its twelfth year, the Foundation is a spin-off of the CTE Council’s Graphics Industry Advisory Commission that provides tuition money to New York metro area students.

This year, GCSF awarded 28 scholarships to students from New York City public schools like the High School of Art & Design, High School of Graphic Communication Arts, Brooklyn Technical High School, Clara Barton High School, Bayside High School, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School and Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts as well as continuing college students at SUNY Purchase, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, the School Visual Arts,  Rochester Institute of Technology,  Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School for Design, Syracuse University, CUNY Hunter and Virginia Commonwealth University plus graduate studies at Pratt Institute. (Browse the list of recipients and the schools they attend.)

GCSF’s 2014 Champion of Education (and CTE Council chairperson) Jack Powers describes developing a career in graphic communications using his version of an Incan quipu.


The Foundation named Jack Powers, CTE Chairperson and director of the International Informatics Institute, as its 2014 Champion of Education, citing Powers’ long career as an advocate for K-12 and higher education programs in graphic communications. Powers has served on the Graphic Industry Advisory Commission for 27 years and is a strong proponent of school/industry partnerships.

Describing the Foundation’s work and the annual Awards Ceremony, Jack said, “Beyond the money it has raised — which is very helpful — GCSF has built a sustainable network, a vibrant community of students, parents, teachers, schools and industry people who work together to prepare the next generation.”  He noted that scholarship recipients bring parents and family members to the industry celebration and re-apply each year for continuing funding.

Read the whole story by editor Patrick Henry at Metro Graphics Reporter:

GCSF Presents “Champion of Education” Award to
Jack Powers and Scholarship Grants to 28 Metro Area Students

Nine CTE High Schools Place Winners in the Citywide Graphic Arts Competition

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Over a hundred CTE students await the judges’ results during lunch at the CityTech Atrium during the annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition.

Every year, the Graphic Arts Industry Advisory Commission, the New York City College of Technology (CityTech) and industry partners sponsor a citywide competition for graphics students in Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design, Web Site Design, Digital Video Production, Digital Photography, Package Design and Student Filmmaking. Last Friday, over a hundred graphics students gathered at CityTech’s labs to compete in the thirteenth annual Finals.

For each of the live competition categories, students were given a themr on-site and had four hours to produce finished work. Photography contestants took photos in downtown Brooklyn  neighborhoods. Video students shot and edited their spots using live and web-discovered material. All competitors worked from the same basic resources. For the Desktop Publishing & Design category, the winning piece — a poster promoting Harlem Week — will be used by the sponsor, the United Federation of Teachers, in signage and ads this summer.

Of the eleven high schools that submitted contestants through the two Qualifying Rounds in April and May, nine schools took home trophies, cash and prizes. The First Place winners in each category will be hosted by the New York Times Production Department with a networking dinner with Times executives and a tour of the pre-press, printing and mailing operations in College Point, Queens.

The list of winners and their work will be posted to the Competition web site this week. For next year’s event, organizers are planning a new competition category in Digital Illustration.

Adobe-Certified Students Can Enter ACA World Championships, Deadline May 15

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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.


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:


Annual Citywide Graphics Competition Launches Today

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2014cgacThe Graphics Industry Advisory Commission today announced the launch of the thirteenth Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition that runs from now until the Finals on May 23. Graphic communications students in every borough will be submitting their entries in a Qualifying Round in March hoping to get into the citywide contest at CUNY’s CityTech in Brooklyn.

Six categories of graphic design and production highlight the students’ achievement: Desktop Publishing & Design, Digital Video Production, Web Site Design, Digital Photography, Package Design and Student Filmmaking. Finalists in each category will have four hours to produce new work in the CityTech labs on the day of the competition. Judged by college professors and industry practitioners, the winners will get trophies, prizes, software, equipment and other graphics-related materials provided by leading industry firms.

14donateFor more information and to see the results of previous years’ contests, visit the Annual Graphic Arts Competition web site .


Art and Design Student’s Floating Fish Dress on Exhibit at Ripley’s in Times Square

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A High School of Art and Design student created a dress made of plastic bags filled with fish in the Materials Matter Amazing Art Challenge sponsored by Ripley’s Believe or Not Odditorium in Times Square. (The 11th grade student in Ms. Farrelly’s fashion design class used plastic fish instead of real ones.) Reporter Karen Jones wrote the story for the New York Times.