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Radiology Competition at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Leads to Internships

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“It all started in 1895 when Rector Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays…”

Azreen Hasan’s essay on the role of radiology in medicine begins with Roentgen and covers the impact of x-rays on healthcare. At the annual Radiology Competition last Spring organized by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), Azreen’s winning effort landed her a summer internship doing research in engineering. The high school junior from Manhattan’s High School for Health Professions and Human Services produced a study of the Measurement of Electrical Resistance with Paper Based Circuits for the Diagnosis of Urinary Infection, research that could lead to inexpensive diagnostic tools for developing countries.

The annual competition, Radiology: Giving Back to New York City, was launched in 2004 by Dr. Hedvig Hricak, Chair of the Department of Radiology at MSK, and is administered by Dr. Sara J. Abramson, Emeritus Attending and former Director of Pediatric Radiology,  and Dr. Jacqueline Bello. Some 30 faculty and staff members volunteer their time and talents every year. About 75 students from all five boroughs compete, and last year five received internships at MSK.

Sheila Fortunato, CTE Council Member and Grants/Program Manager for the Department of Radiology at MSK published an account of the competition on the prestigious Elsevier Connect journal:

High school essays lead to internships
at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The journal article includes Azreen Hasan’s 2015 essay as well as the 2014 essay winner Sarah Tress, formerly of Staten Island Technical High School and now studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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:


New Dorp
Port Richmond

Staten Island Tech

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:

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.

Academy for Software Engineering Hosts Girls Who Code

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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

Video Clips: Staten Island CTE Students and Teachers Discuss Tech Careers

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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

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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.