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.

At a recent meeting for young women at the Academy for Software Engineering, students from schools like Brooklyn Technical High School, Staten Island Technical High School, St. Jean Baptiste High School and Rutgers University discussed opportunities and challenges for women in information technology fields. The event was organized by Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that works “to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.” This video report was produced by Karla Reyes of the World Journalism Preparatory School:

Katina Paron of WOMENSENEW.ORG wrote about the meeting:
‘Girls Who Code’ Talk About the Inspiration

Teachers and students on Staten Island participated in a wide ranging series of discussions recently about  the opportunities for students from many different schools to develop careers in tech and health-related fields. Staten Island Technical High School posted three videos from the meetings:

Understanding Career and Technical Education


Exploring Health Care Careers (Students)


Exploring Health Care Careers (Teachers)


Six Staten Island schools participated in the conference.

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.