The school, which specializes in ready-to-work programs, offers students instruction and training in cosmetology, construction, Cisco networking, graphic design, pre-engineering, and automotive technology. In addition, its successful Electrical Engineering Pilot Program will yield another offering for students very soon. The school also looks forward to adding another career and technical education (CTE) program to its forte in the form of software engineering, teaching students the principals of Computer Science.
On April 29, Borough President James Oddo stopped in to the school for an informal tour. Assistant Principal Agron Velija noted that the school’s internship programs and apprenticeships help McKee students to stand apart. In many instances, the relationships that the school – and students – are building line them up for employment after graduation. The school currently works with fourteen local businesses including Manfredi Auto Group, Dana Lincoln Ford, Harley Davidson, Miller’s Launch, Scaran Oil and more to train students interested in their respective fields.
David Sarno, the school’s work based learning coordinator, noted that these relationships are key to students’ success. “The local businesses love our kids. And it’s great because DOE pays and insures them (the students) and it prepares them for a career in the industry.”
Aside from the current partnerships, Sarno said he is eager to get the kids working on a restoration project with the new Lighthouse Museum.
Another terrific opportunity on the horizon is the software engineering program, which is currently in a pilot at the school and at New Dorp High School. Students will learn to code using new, in demand programming languages. The program’s goal is to better prepare students for college and careers in the technology world. Core topics for the first year of the program were computer programming, embedded electronics, web design and programs – and will continue to grow to meet the needs of a tech driven economy. The school’s principal, Sharon Henry, is eager to take the program from pilot status to another CTE offering.
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