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High School City Tech Helped Launch Named Model For Innovation

On hand to congratulate City Poly High’s prinicipal Chris Aguirre (fourth from right) were City Tech faculty and administrators, from left to right: Professor Paul King (architectural technology), Professor Gerarda Shields (construction management and civil engineering technology), Professor Robert Zagaroli (architectural technology), Provost August, Professor Tony Cioffi (construction management and civil engineering technology), President Hotzler, Professor Godfrey Nwoke (career and technology teacher education) and Professor Tom Wilkin (career and technology teacher education).

A high school that City Tech faculty and administrators helped launch was named by Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein as one of four demonstration site schools that will model innovative practices in Career and Technical Education (CTE).

The creation of schools as demonstration sites for innovation is a central recommendation of a task force commissioned by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2008 to ensure that CTE offers students a pathway to postgraduate success.

The demonstration site schools — which also include The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (Manhattan), Quest to Learn (Manhattan) and Grace Dodge Career and Technical High School (Bronx) — are part of the NYC21C initiative, a research and development project dedicated to preparing secondary school students more effectively for higher education and career success.

Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott, Mayoral Task Force Co-Chair and former New York Life Insurance Company Chairman and Chief Executive Sy Sternberg, City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Partnership for New York City President and Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Wylde and United Federation of Teachers Director of Health and Safety Sterling Robeson, among others, joined Chancellor Klein for the announcement, which was held in the building housing City Poly High and George Westinghouse High School, adjacent to the City Tech campus.

Also on hand were City Tech faculty and administrators involved in creating the school, including President Russell Hotzler and Provost Bonne August.

City Poly High, which opened for the first time this fall, is the City’s first CTE school where students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree through a comprehensive five-year course of study. The school uses a trimester calendar that allows students to accumulate high school credits at an accelerated rate, earning a high school diploma after three years instead of four.

Curriculum at this school integrates academics with technical subjects and is supported by the National Academy Foundation — a non-profit organization that connects a network of CTE schools across the country. Students at all grade-levels will have access to City Tech’s facilities and professors.

Referring to City Poly High, Chancellor Klein said, “I hope we can expand this model of  an integrated school that extends from Grade 9 to Grade 14. It shows great, great promise and causes us to think differently about how we use time, resources and student internship opportunities.”

CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said, “New York City will be well served by these new schools, which recognize the connection between career and college readiness.  At CUNY, we greatly value working with our partners in the Department of Education to develop a workforce with strong critical thinking, communication and technological skills. We look forward to continuing our productive collaboration.”

Referring to City Poly High’s launch, Chancellor Goldstein said, “We wouldn’t be where we are today if not for the leadership of City Tech President Russell Hotzler and Provost Bonne August, and the dedication of the College’s faculty.”


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