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CTE Program Reinvigorated at MVHS

Automotive Technology – students are beginning external work-based learning at two auto shops in the Mount Vernon area.

Barbering – Students have had a strong introduction to Barbering including the History of Barbering, Personal and Professional Success and Goal-Setting, Communicating for Success, Professional Image, Safety and Sanitation and Tools and Equipment.  Students are now working on Men’s Haircutting and Styling: Basic Haircut and Blending/Fading.  Students are excited about going to class and love practicing to master their skills.    

Cosmetology – Level II and III students visit Ronald McDonald House every other week to provide the parents of ill children with salon services free of charge.  Classes also have regular guest speakers who bring new perspectives and knowledge about the cosmetology field.  Lucinda Cross and Casha Chanel, motivational speakers, spoke about goal setting and assisted students in developing a vision board, companies like Nairobi and Design Essentials come to speak about hair products, make-up and stylists like Merell Hollis and Tina Pearson share experiences.  For Black History Month, students are researching and creating PowerPoint presentations about black hair stylists, make-up artists, and clothing stylists.

Cisco Networking - Students are developing apps in different competitions.  The students placed first place in a Congressional App Challenge and will be competing on a national level in Washington, D.C.

Graphic Arts – Graphic Arts and Animation students took a trip to visit Blue Sky Studios in Connecticut.  Blue Sky Studios created Ice Age, Dream Big, Rio, Horton Hears a Who, Robots and several other popular cartoon films. Students were shown all the different phases, jobs and departments for film development.  Students also had the opportunity to view Ferdinand in their theatre.  Students are working on projects that include graphics and webpage design for some non-profit organizations.

Information Technology – Students are working to complete MicroSoft certifications using TestOut software. 

Television Production – Students are working on a variety of projects where they write scripts, film, direct, produce and edit.   Students are working on cross content projects including working with Spanish and science classes to create video projects.  Internships are beginning with Larchmont/Mammaroneck Community T.V.

We look forward to re-starting Nursing Assisting and Culinary and introducing Dental Assisting in 2019-2020. 


Other projects that are in development include partnerships with Montefiore to allow students to have work-based learning experiences in different departments to learn more about the many jobs available in the healthcare fields and Mentoring in Medicine (MIM) to provide after school or Saturday healthcare academies for students in elementary and middle school.

We have teams forming in two high schools to compete in the African American Men of Westchester (AAMW) Business Skills competition in February 2019. 

Students will be attending the Twentieth Annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day on April 12, 2019 at Rockland Community College to learn about all of the different trades areas.

The high school Future Filmmakers Film Festival is April 28th at The Picture House in Pelham which will be a red carpet event showcasing short documentaries created by students in grant funded after school Student Documentary Academies.  MVCSD will have 4 entries. 

March 22nd is the annual Career Day/CTE Fair at Mount Vernon High School.