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Future Business Leaders Get Together and Pick Champions

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c_FBLA_colorx100Last week the New York State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held the annual Spring District Meeting (SDM) at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. FBLA chapters from Queens Voc, Campus Magnet High School and the Laurelton Middle School heard a presentation on leadership by Suveer Seemangal, State Vice President of FBLA District 2. Students helds a coin challenge for the New York State FBLA charity, the March of Dimes.

Student competitions for public speaking, impromptu speaking, and parliamentary procedure selected winners who will compete at the State Leadership Conference coming up in April.

Council Members Jacobsohn and Nuñez Advise White House Conference on Women and Girls in STEM and CTE

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The role of technical education in empowering young women in non-traditional careers was the focus of a high profile White House conference hosted by the Georgetown University Law School yesterday. The event, titled Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE), brought experts from government, academia, community organizations and industry partners in a wide=ranging discussion of the topic. CTE Council Members Ivana Nuñez and Françoise Jacobsohn, Council Vice-Chairperson, both contributed valuable insights and real-world experiences to the discussions.

Georgetown Law posted a video of the conference on-line at this link.


(Fast forward to the start at 24:00.)


(Start at 27:55.)

The conference keynote was delivered by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.



Dr. Njema Frazier of Diversity Science LLC briefly set the context for the upcoming panels.



Following Katrina Burch, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy,  Ivana Nuñez spoke of her family’s support in her electrical installation career path at Queens Vocational and Technical High School. She described the importance of her CTE teachers and the female role models from the construction trades that she met in her studies.



In the afternoon panel on Potential Policy Levers, Françoise Jacobsohn’s talk (beginning at 3:34:45) pointed out the high public policy cost of segregating women out of high paying, high skills jobs. She pointed out that 50% of blue collar jobs are in the STEM economy, and she described her experiences advocating for gender equity in New York City.

The full program and speakers list is available on-line.

UPDATE: A Storify compendium of tweets about the event:

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.

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

Future Business Leaders of America Meet at Queens Voc on October 17

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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

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

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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.

Queens Vocational Electricians Lend a Helping Hand at Breezy

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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.”