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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


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.


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.

SkillUSA New York City Regional Conference Set for Saturday, March 7 at Edison High School

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SkillsUSA is a  Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) that connects  students, teachers and industry partners to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization works through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills trainingand organizes local, state and national competitions in many CTE categories.

SkillsUSA has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members, and more than 300,000 students and instructors are served each year.


Download the three-page PDF flyer.

Download the three-page PDF flyer.

This year’s SkillsUSA New York City
Regional Conference is set for:

March 7, 2015
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432


Listed here are some of the competitions currently on the schedule:

To learn more about competitions, browse the full list of New York State standards.



Aviation High School Student Takes Gold Medal at SkillsUSA Nationals

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A squadron of airplanes outside the maintenance hanger of Aviation CTE High School in Queens. Image: Google Earth.


Kenny Lopez of Aviation Career & Technical Education High School in Queens won First Place in the Aviation Maintenance Technology category at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City this summer. According to the contest rules:

Contestants perform 12 tasks that represent the types of maintenance they will handle in the aircraft industry. The contest scope is consistent with the airframe and power plant mechanics certification guide published by the Federal Aviation Administration. Aviation maintenance is the only maintenance profession certified by the federal government.

The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

Aviation High School is a uniquely specialized, co-educational high school that prepares students for careers in aviation maintenance and the aerospace industry. Aviation High School’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified program developed and expanded with the evolution of the aviation industry. Students complete both rigorous vocational and academic programs that provide excellent preparation for aviation-related careers as well as college. For more information, see Aviation HS in the News.