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.

FBLA, the Future Business Leaders of America, will hold its Fall District Meeting at

Queens Vocational & Technical High School
37-02 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Thursday October 17, 2013 ~
10:00am -2:00 pm

For more information, contact Ms. Lillian Mitchell: District 2, New York State Board of Trustee Member at LMitchell2@schools.nyc.gov

The FBLA concept was developed in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students. FBLA National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career related areas. Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.

Spring CTE Spotlight

by JackPowers on 05/01/2013


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.


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.”