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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.

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

Seven Staten Island Schools Showcase CTE Options at CareerCon 2015 on Feb 2

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Download the CareerCon 2014 General Publc Flyer

Download the CareerCon 2014 General Publc Flyer

A borough-wide effort by Staten Island’s CTE educators on November 3 will bring together

  • government leaders
  • local businesses
  • vocational, secondary or post-secondary educational institutions
  • middle schools who want to better advise students about high school 
  • organizations interested in meeting the future employees, employers, entrepreneurs and leaders of Staten Island

The CareerCon 2015 event combines professional sessions for educators, Career Pathways Presentations for students, work-based learning discussions for current and prospective industry partners and a CTE Showcase for the general public. Seven high schools are highlighting their CTE programs:

 

Curtis
McKee
New Dorp
Port Richmond

Staten Island Tech
Tottenville
Wagner

Each of the schools will have an opportunity to introduce their unique CTE educational programs. There are vital partnerships that can be fostered between these high schools and businesses as well as schools interested in implementing their own CTE programs.

CareerCon 2015
February 2, 2015,
Open to the General Public
9:30 am 12:30 pm
Staten Island Technical High School
485 Clawson Street, Staten Island, NY 10306

For more information download the Flyer or
call S.I. Tech: 718-667-3222 Ext. 2291
or email Principal Mark Erlenwein:  Merlenw@schools.nyc.gov

Harley Davidson Internships Propel McKee Students to First Place in Automotive Competition

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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.”

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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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.

CTE Students Sweep Young Entrepreneurs Awards in Staten Island Competition

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YEAlogoMost of the thirteen finalists in last week’s Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy competition are students in Career and Technical Education programs, showcasing their abilities for the leaders of the business community on Staten Island. In her “Shark Tank” pitch, Tottenville High School student Danielle Aylmer combined her entrepreneurial talents and her Dental Technology learning to achieve the first place honor , winning $1,125 for her business and a trip to the national competition in Rochester, New York in May. Other students from New Dorp High School and Susan Wagner High School represented Virtual Enterprise programs, and the remaining finalists came from Ralph R. McKee CTE High School and Staten Island Technical High School

From the YEA Facebook page:

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes sophomore and junior students through the process of starting and launching a real business over the course of a an academic year. Beginning in the fall, high school students at Staten Island public high schools have the unique opportunity to start and launch their own REAL businesses or social movements by participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).

Over the course of the year, students brainstorm ideas, write business plans, pitch their plans to a group of investors, obtain funding, launch their enterprise and actually sell their products or services. Along the way they file paperwork with the County Clerk’s office; work with business professionals to, among other things, build a brand identity and create a website; hear from local business owners; and participate in a Trade Show.

Auto Teacher and Science Teacher Receive 2013 Schair CTE Awards for Excellence and Innovation

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David Sarno, veteran automotive technology teacher at Ralph McKee High School in Staten Island, and Jacqueline Rodriguez-Smith, science department coordinator at Transit Tech High School in Brooklyn, each received the 2013 Stanley Schair CTE Teacher Award for Excellence and Innovation presented during the United Federation of Teachers CTE Awards Ceremony on February 7.  Both honorees received an Apple iPad from Corey Fernandes of the Municipal Credit Union plus a year’s classroom subscription to the New York Times from Stephanie Doba, the newspaper’s education manager.

Stanley Schair was the long-time chair of the CTE Council during some tough times for career and technical education. His tenure culminated in the landmark Mayoral Task Force on CTE that energized the current generation of technical education and saw the inauguration of many new CTE high schools in New York City. Mr. Schair passed away suddenly in 2009, but his widow Sandra was on hand for the awards ceremony

DavidSarnoJacquelineRodriguezSmithThe Schair Award is given every year to exceptional New York City teachers who have demonstrated excellence in delivering a career and technical education program and who create innovative approaches in the classroom in partnerships with business, the community and post-secondary pathways.  See the Schair Awards nomination form.