Industry Partnerships

What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide high school students with industry-specific courses, skills, work experience, and certifications to succeed in the competitive NYC economy. From nursing to web design and software engineering to culinary programs, CTE is informed by labor market demands to prepare the City’s next generation of talent. CTE students are skilled, motivated, and committed to their futures. 

Why get involved?

Join hundreds of businesses in NYC that have recognized the value that CTE students bring to their business goals and talent needs. Partnering with CTE allows industry partners to be producers of talent by sparking interest and developing foundational skills in high schoolers. 

What kinds of companies can get involved?

We welcome partnering with companies in the following industries: 

Automotive and Transportation
Business and Finance
Construction and Sustainability
Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism
Engineering, Architecture and Robotics
Healthcare
Information Technology
Media Technology and Design

How to Get Involved?

You can play an instrumental role in the career development of CTE students and the success of CTE programs in the following ways. If you are interested in supporting CTE please reach out to Jessica Kemper, Director of Industry Engagement at jkemper@schools.nyc.gov.  

Supporting CTE Students

An essential part of a CTE experience is for students to gain exposure to work experiences. You can support students' preparation for potential career paths in the following ways.

Internships

  • Provide work experience and guided supervision through internships funded by the DOE for CTE juniors and seniors

Workplace Tours or Job Shadow opportunities

  • Offer students a chance to observe and learn about your business and explore your worksite

Career Days or Fairs

  • Share your career and college pathway experiences with students at a school or your worksite

Mock or Informational Interviews

  • Help students master their networking and interviewing skills through events at a school or your worksite

Supporting CTE Teachers

At the core of every high-quality CTE program is a committed CTE teacher who strives to ensure their programs meet industry needs. Consider the following opportunities that allow teachers to learn about industry trends and talent pipeline needs. 

Professional Development Workshops 

  • Lead workshops for CTE teachers to learn about industry trends or garner a new skill 

Externships 

  • Host a CTE teacher through a DOE-funded, short-term learning opportunity at your business to help them upskill their industry experience 

Supporting Industry Commissions

Commissions bring together schools, industry and postsecondary partners to strengthen CTE programs that meet the talent development needs of NYC. As a commission member, you can get involved in the following ways.

Panelist or presenter

  • Provide insight into industry trends and hiring practices to an audience of CTE teachers

Curriculum Review

  • Give feedback to improve a CTE teacher’s industry-specific curriculum 

Meeting Space

  • Host commission meetings or other CTE events at your worksite

Joining the CTE Advisory Council

To learn more about the CTE Advisory Council, visit our CTE Advisory Council page:

CTE Advisory Council