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Career and Technical Education Department holds annual National Apprenticeship Week Fair

Career and Technical Education Department holds annual National Apprenticeship Week Fair

The New York State Department of Labor and various local trade unions set up tables at Mount Vernon High School to share available apprenticeships and opportunities with students. The Mount Vernon High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department held their annual National Apprenticeship Week Fair on Friday, November 17, 2023.  

Jamie Larmon with 2 CTE Students

“This has shown me the benefits of being an electrician and the rest of the opportunities that come with it,” said Leu-Andre Hall, an eleventh grade student at MVHS. “I can go to school and get other benefits from it like interviews and other opportunities.” 

Trade unions shared the various opportunities available to students out of high school. Many apprenticeships also allow students to attend trade school while working, and some even pay for it. Students from Rebecca Turner Academy and Mount Vernon STEAM Academy were also invited to attend the fair and learn about apprenticeships. 

“The opportunities are amazing, more than any other school I’ve been to,” said Matthew Genius, a 12th grade student at MVHS. “They’re always doing things like this fair with jobs coming in, sharing resumes, getting hired on the spot and colleges coming in.” 

Student speaking to union reps.

Matthew would like to pursue a career in information technology (IT), and classes at MVHS have been preparing him for that. The District is also paying for his CompTIA, a vital certification in the IT industry.  

Many of the students attending the fair have been taking CTE classes, and an apprenticeship would be the next step towards starting their career.  

“The opportunities are endless,” said Jaime Larmon, work-based learning coordinator at MVHS. “They have the ability to basically walk out of high school with a 401k, medical benefits and the ability to have these unions pay for them to go to school. There are so many facets within the union, so the opportunities are endless as far as where they can go from starting as a journeyman to a full apprentice, which is a great thing. Some of these kids don’t know what they want to do for school, so, even if they don’t go down this road, this is just another option that they have.” 

President Kirwan shaking hands with someone from a union
Student speaking to two people from a union.
Lady from NYS Department of Labor speaking to students.
Man from union speaking with students.
Union reps speaking to students.
Students looking at papers from trade union.
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Principals at each building in the Mount Vernon City School District have recently identified their Teachers of the Year based on the three criteria of instruction, attendance, and contribution to school culture and climate. View the Teachers of the Year here.

Lowes Moore Q+A

Lowes Moore, MVHS Class of 1976 graduate, is a former NBA basketball star and coach, and he served as Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon for 27 years. He now hosts a podcast and runs Lowes Moore Global Communications.  

View the Q+A with Lowes Moore here!

Students in a court room on steps.

Applications for the 15th annual Scales of Justice Academy (SJA) at Fordham University School of Law and The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University have been extended and are open until Saturday, June 15, 2024. The program will begin on Monday, July 22, at both locations. Legal courses will be taught by over 40 volunteer judges, lawyers, law professors, law students and elected officials.

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