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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.

SkillUSA New York City Regional Conference Set for Saturday, March 7 at Edison High School

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SkillsUSA is a  Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) that connects  students, teachers and industry partners to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization works through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills trainingand organizes local, state and national competitions in many CTE categories.

SkillsUSA has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members, and more than 300,000 students and instructors are served each year.


Download the three-page PDF flyer.

Download the three-page PDF flyer.

This year’s SkillsUSA New York City
Regional Conference is set for:

March 7, 2015
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432


Listed here are some of the competitions currently on the schedule:

To learn more about competitions, browse the full list of New York State standards.



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.

New York City Wins 29 Medals in Statewide SkillsUSA Competition

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New York City public high schools placed high in the statewide SkillsUSA Competition at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Over 2,000 students competed in 82 categories like 3D Visualization, Construction Skills, IT Technologies and Health Care. Eleven New York City schools sent their biggest contingent yet, winning 29 medals in a broad set of contests. Many winners will go on to the SkillsUSA National Finals in June in Kansas City.

Below is the list of New York City medalists. Browse the Contest Standards and the Assessment Rubrics from the NYS SkillsUSA site for more information on a contest.

Architectural Drafting
1st Place – Ramon Williams – Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design

Automotive Vehicle Maintenance Basic
3rd Place – Matisse Edmonds – Automotive High School

Automotive Refinishing Technology
2nd Place – Melissa Kalloo – Thomas Edison High School

Automotive Service Technology
1st Place – Michael George – Thomas Edison High School

Aviation Technology
1st Place – Edgar Hernandez – Aviation High School
2nd Place – Jerome Eccles – Aviation High School

Community Action Plan
2nd Place – Kiah Alcantara & Kiara Fox – William H Maxwell High School

Computer Maintenance Technology
1st Place – Luciano Alexander – High School of Computers & Technology
3rd Place – Jasmin Mrkulic – Queens Vocational & Technical High School

Electronics Technology
2nd Place – Xiaoping Wang – Queens Vocational & Technical High School
3rd Place – Eileen Herrera – Queens Vocational & Technical High School

Engineering Technology Design
2nd Place- Charles Cervello, Lencon Chopra, Daisy Leandro – HS for Construction Trades, Engr & Architecture

Industrial Motor Control
1st Place – Matthew Colon – Bronx Design & Construction Academy
2nd Place – William Callanan – Queens Vocational & Technical HS

Internet Working
2nd Place – Umar Hasan – Thomas Edison High School
3rd Place – Hasan Christy – Queens Vocational & Technical HS

Job Interview
1st Place- Frankie Austin – Aviation High School
3rd Place – Lorena Arias – Williamsburg High School for Architecture

Job Demonstration Open
1st Place – Daniel Sernadas – Aviation High School

Medical Math
1st Place – Sheridan Kamal- Thomas Edison High School

Mobile Robotics
1st Place – Mark Doninelli & Manjur Khan- Thomas Edison High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies
2nd Place – Thomas Edison High School

2nd Place – Daquan Nelson – High School of Art and Design

Prepared Speech
2nd Place – Franky Gonzalez – High School for Energy and Technology

Related Technical Math
2nd Place – Roselys Santana – Aviation High School
3rd Place – Qing-Si Yu – Queens Vocational & Technical High School

Residential Systems Installation & Maintenance
1st Place – Pedro Bonilla – Queens Vocational & Technical High School
2nd Place – Jonathon Pioquinto – Queens Vocational & Technical High School Franky Gonzalez

Web Design
3rd Place – Jessica Kandchorav, Ashley Yussef – Thomas Edison High School

See the full list of New York State categories and winners.

Edison’s National CTE Honor Society Showcases Student Work at Career Expo

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Last Saturday, student members of the National Technical Honor Society chapter housed at Thomas A. Edison CTE High School held a CTE Career Expo demonstrating their work and talking about their career plans. Drawing on Edison’s extensive CTE portfolio, exhibits covering Graphic Arts Technology, Electrical Installation Web Development, Mechanical Technology, Computer Repair and Robotics showcased a wide range of skills and aptitudes. Student representatives enthusiastically explained their disciplines to middle school and high school students, parents, guidance counselors and industry partners.


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.

Edison AP Ojeda Named Champion of Digital Literacy

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2012 Certiport Champion of Digital Literacy

Moses Ojeda, assistant principal at Thomas A. Edison CTE High School in Queens, has been named the 2012 Champion of Digital Literacy by Certiport, the performance based testing organization. According to Rod Masuda of Certiport, Ojeda surpassed administrators in Illinois and Nevada to take the top honor.

Edison offers ten CTE programs that all incorporate digital skills: Computer Repair, AutoCAD, Cisco Networking, Electrical Installation, Med Pharma, Web Design, Automotive Technology, Commercial Art, Graphic Art Communications and Robotics.

As this year’s Champion of Digital Literacy, Mr. Ojeda received an invitation to Certiport’s annual Worldwide Competition and Global Partner Summit to be held at the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas. This year’s summit includes a Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office with several hundred thousand students from over 50 countries expected to compete.