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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

 

 

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:

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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

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.

McKee Students Tour IT Data Center and Internet Exchange

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Students from Ralph R. McKee CTE High School visited Telehouse, a massive IT data center hosting millions of critical transactions per day. The students learned about career pathways in digital communications from Irene Goltsman, chief operating office of Digital Edge, a data center services provider specializing in back-end technology and McKee’s work-based learning host. Cable news outlet NY1 covered the event:

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Queens Voc Junior Takes Top 10 Honors in Nationwide Cisco Networking Competition

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Queens Vocational & Technical High School student Esteban Ansaldo beat over a thoNetridersusand high school and college students to place in the Top 10 of the Cisco Networking Academy CCENT Netriders Competition held last week.  The  Netriders competition is an IT skills competition that showcases students’ networking skills in a theoretical and virtual hands on exam.

The CCENT competition was divided into 2 rounds. Round 1 with over a thousand students across the United States and Canada consisted of a 60 minute theoretical exam and a 60 minute packet tracer exam. Only 109 students across the region advanced and competed in round 2 on May 2. Esteban and a student from Chelsea CTE High School were the only two from the New York City public schools  to advance into round 2. In the final round, Esteban ranked 6th place for the US/Canada Region competition.

It is an impressive ranking for an 11ith grade student, especially considering the fact that the Cisco program at Queens Voc is in its first year and will be graduating its first students with the associates level CCNA certification next year. But Esteban is an IT networking star.  He competed in this year’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Networking concept competition and ranked First Place for New York State. He will be competing in the national competition June 29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

CTE Schools to Host Inaugural Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) Hackathon

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SEPx200The Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program is gearing up for its first-ever student hackathon on April 26 from 10;00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Taking place at two locations simultaneously — Queens Vocational & Technical High School and Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology — the all-day event is expected to draw in 200 current SEP students from all five boroughs. The theme of the hackathon, and a nod to the novice computer program, “Hello Small World” encourages students to contemplate the role of technology in their lives, exploring how it brings spaces, places and people closer together. In teams of four, SEP students will be spending the day learning about the design process as they create projects related to the “Hello Small World” theme using the educational programming language Scratch.

For more information about SEP’s hackathon, email Amna Siddiqui at ASiddiqui2@schools.nyc.gov.

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

Chelsea HS Launches Interdisciplinary Network Science Collaboration

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The emerging field of network science studies complex networks such as telecommunication networks, computer networks, biological networks, cognitive and semantic networks and social networks. Chelsea CTE High School students are collaborating on a wide-ranging multidisciplinary program involving Cisco Networking Academy, the New York Hall of Science and Stevens Institute of Technology to bring network science ideas into high school curriculum preparing the next generation of scientists and policymakers. Cisco and the New York Hall of Science are CTE Council Members.

A story in the Huffington Post describes the program:

Changing The World One Network At A Time

By Stephen Miles Uzzo, PhD., VP, Science & Technology, New York Hall of Science

Marie Zwickert of Cisco writes about the event and the press coverage:

…Thanks to the leadership at Chelsea CTE High School and the enthusiasm of both their instructor (John Tebbitt ) and Academy students, the collaborative experience this summer at Boston University was very successful for all constituents. The team of students continues their research this academic year along with mentors from Stevens Institute. The students research will be showcased next summer at Boston University with an elite group of scientists. Chelsea’s students were stellar participants and Stephen attributes their success to the foundational skills learned in Cisco NetWorking Academy…

Read the full story about NetSci High.

NY Daily News Covers CTE Resurgence

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130402nydnA story by Ben Chapman on page 32 of today’s New York Daily News describes the expansion of technical education schools in the last decade. The home page teaser reads:

Minds, money behind social media leading the technical school revolution in New York

Blue-collar jobs after technical education are becoming history as new academies and programs focus on computer programming, robotics and higher education.

I don’t think non-computer jobs are becoming history, but it’s nice to get mainstream coverage of some of the good that’s going on in CTE schools. Link it, tweet it and email this story to all the people you know who are interested in practical education in New York.