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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.”

Brooklyn Students Work Internships Underwater

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This week, a New York Times article by Lisa W. Foderaro described New York’s wettest internships served in the coral exhibit at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. Students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on Governor’s Island don scuba gear and provide essential underwater maintenance work inside the 167,000 gallon Glover’s Reef tank. The tropical environment is a good substitute for students’ open water diving when the weather turns cold. Read the article:

Equipped to Dive, Students Make Aquarium Their Classroom


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.

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.

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

healthinternsApplications for the six-week summer internship program of the Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center  are available now from the BQLI-AHEC web site:

The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) is a six-week opportunity for historically underrepresented/and or economically disadvantaged high school and college students. This program exposes students to a variety of careers in the health field as well as to the health issues affecting their communities.

In addition, SHIP allows participants to interact regularly with health care professionals. Students who successfully complete the BQLI-AHEC Summer Health Internship Program will emerge with newfound connections, job readiness skills, and insight into the world of health care.

Visit the BQLI-AHEC site for the application.


qvElectrc2Students from Queens Vocational and Technical High School  spent a weekend in December completing electrical repairs in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens. The students are juniors and seniors in the school’s electrical installation career and technical education program. They were accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Calvert Bowen. The aspiring electricians, who must complete sixty hours of field experience to earn their certification, were partnered with an electrician who currently has a FEMA contract. The homes remain disconnected from the power grid while repairs are being made.

Students replaced wires, installed outlets, and repaired switches – all had been damaged by the fast-rising salt water flood caused by Hurricane Sandy. Personal protective suits were mandatory due to the high levels of mold and damaged insulation fibers in the homes.

Principal Melissa Burg is very proud that the school could give back to the residents of Queens in this way. “By having our students help to rebuild these neighborhoods, we have an immediate impact on people’s lives; both the residents and our students.”


Fordham Arts students on the job

Fordham High School for the Arts interns Kiera Ford, Justin Velasquez, Alicia Villanueva, Joseph Lynch and Kelsey Van-Tull are working as backstage crew, sound operators and house management staff for Vital Theatre Company’s production of THE BULLY running now until February 26. The students learned their backstage roles by studying their ‘call sheets’, by rehearsing and performing ‘quick changes’ with the show’s actors and by practicing complicated set moves under the tutelage of professional stage manager Ashley Scoles.

THE BULLY, directed by Linda Ames Key, Education Director at Vital, opened to rave reviews. Time Out New York Kids wrote, “Once again, Vital triumphs with a production that speaks to kids on their own terms about a subject that really, truly matters.”

The Fordham High School students’ internships are part of the Work-Based Learning component of their CTE program which provides authentic, real life work experiences in their field of study.


Apply Online for Summer Health Internships

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The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI AHEC) Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) is an intensive, six-week opportunity for historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged high school Juniors and Seniors, college Freshman and college Sophomore students.

The program exposes students to a variety of careers in the health fields as well as to the health issues affecting their communities. Subsequently, SHIP allows participants to interact regularly with health care professionals. Students who successfully complete the BQLI AHEC Summer Health Internship Program will emerge with newfound connections, job readiness skills, and insight into the world of health care.

In 2012, a limited number of students who attend school or have permanent residences in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island will be admitted into SHIP. The program will run from July 2 through August 9, 2012. Participants will be expected to work at their designated sites three days per week for five hours per day. In addition, there will be mandatory workshops once a week. These sessions will encompass a full day and will include lectures, field trips, and other health related activities. At the end of the program, students will be required to attend and present a final project at a celebratory banquet.

Applications are available online only: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 to March 30, 2012.

Please visit:

No paper applications will be available.