2018-12-05 / Features

New Career And Technical Education Programs Successfully Opened

Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced on November 29 that 47 new Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have opened over the 2016-17, 2017-18, and current school year, exceeding the originally announced target of 40 programs. These new programs are part of the City’s larger multi-year $113 million investment in CTE, and there are now 301 CTE programs across 135 schools, reaching approximately 64,000 high school students.

CTE is a rigorous sequence of academic and technical courses aligned with different career fields that will prepare high school students for seamless transition into two-year or four-year college programs and/or careers. Programs include academic and industry-specific coursework as well as work-based learning experiences like internships.

“CTE programs are rigorous, get our students excited to learn, and prepare them to succeed in both college and careers,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “College and career readiness is integral to our vision of Equity and Excellence for All, and I’m proud that we’re expanding our CTE offerings and giving tens of thousands of students a clear pathway and a head start on degrees and career credentials in classrooms across New York City.”

The 47 new CTE programs are in schools across the five boroughs, with 9 in the Bronx, 17 in Brooklyn, 8 in Manhattan, 11 in Queens, and 2 on Staten Island. The programs are aligned with growing labor market sectors in New York City’s economy, and center around 16 different career clusters which include: hospitality and tourism; architecture and construction; arts, AV technology and communication; information technology; law and public safety; scientific research and engineering; health science; transportation, distribution and logistics; and manufacturing production. These connect to approximately 80 specific career pathways or jobs. Specific programs include construction technology, culinary arts, certified nurse assistant, pre-engineering, computer networking, software engineering, and web design and digital media communications.

Students who complete CTE programs may choose to continue at a college or university; go directly into the workforce; select technical training programs, apprenticeships or schools that specialize in their chosen field of interest; or some combination of the above.

The $113 million investment in CTE also includes funding for 3,000 new internships annually, new industry partnerships, materials, teacher training and support as well as system-wide training to improve academic coursework at CTE schools.

Chancellor Carranza made the announcement at The Williamsburg High School of Arts and Technology, which has a new Web & Digital Media Communication CTE program this school year, which includes offering Advanced Placement Computer Science for the first time and is aligned to the City’s Computer Science for All initiative. Through Computer Science for All, by 2025, every student will receive computer science education in elementary, middle and high school.

“Career and technical education has a long and successful career in New York City. Expanding into new areas and providing support for existing programs is critically important. In my tenure as chair of the NYS Assembly Education Committee, I have held hearings on CTE education, sponsored legislative and budget initiatives directed at CTE, and done everything I can to support these efforts. Congratulations to all the schools and to Chancellor Carranza and Mayor de Blasio on the success of this initiative,” said Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee.

The new programs in Queens are:

August Martin High School – Culinary Arts

High School for Arts and Business – Web & Digital Media Communications

Hillcrest High School – Software Engineering

Long Island City High School – Certified Personal Trainer

Queens Technical High School – Cisco Networking Academy

Richmond Hill High School – Computer Science (Web Design and Digital Communication)

Richmond Hill High School – Hospitality and Tourism

Rockaway Collegiate High School – Web Design and Digital Communications

Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability – Carpentry/Construction

Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School – Automotive Diesel Technology

The Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria – Software Engineering/Web Design

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