George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
Kids wire electrical circuits, repair computers and prepare food
At George Westinghouse High School in downtown Brooklyn, students may learn to wire electrical circuits, repair computers or prepare food along with regular academic classes. Successful graduates may get jobs as union electricians, computer technicians or food service workersand some go on to college.
Founded in 1919, Westinghouse is one of the oldest career and technical education schools in the city. It shares a building with City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and with the middle school grades of PS 8, a popular Brooklyn Heights elementary school.
While most kids feel safe in class, some complain of fights and about one-third say they don't feel safe in bathrooms, locker rooms or halls, according to student surveys. Longtime principal Janine Kiernan said discipline has improved as a result of a school-wide "positive behavior support campaign" but acknowledged "like any high school, we still have issues." Enrollment has been declining in recent years.
Students may apply to four programs: culinary arts, multimedia internet technology, electrical installation and practice and computer repair. They may receive industry certifications and CTE (career and technical education) diplomas.
College:A popular college counselor helps students choose appropriate schools. About 35 percent of graduates go on to college, and most of those go to either CUNYs or SUNYs. The majority need to take remedial courses, according to Department of Education statistics.
Special education: The school has a resource room, self-contained classes and ICT team-teaching classes.
Admissions: Varies by program. Most require grades of 75 in core subjects. Culinary arts admits by the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Clara Hemphill, May 2015)
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The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides a free curriculum online. Students in Culinary programs take fifteen lessons in order to prepare for the exam which is given off site at a testing facility. If students complete the 15 hours of instruction the school will register the students for the exam. Students who take and pass the exam will earn the Food Protection certification.
Students study residential and commercial wiring and application, solar energy and applications, energy auditing, fiber optic and network cabling, and motor controls. Industry certifications include C-TECH and OSHA.
The Brooklyn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Center provides a CTE focus on a range of courses in four industry areas: information technology, graphics, engineering, and architecture. The program includes innovative technical training leading to certification and opportunities to earn college credit.Students will also haveopportunities to complete work-based learning sequences (e.g. internships) to provide pathways to employment and/or post-secondary credentials.
Students develop skills in computer repair and maintenance, network design, and infrastructure support with a focus on supporting network security. Industry certifications include IC3, A+ and CISCO CCENT.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English, AP US History, AP World History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Handball, Softball, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Brooklyn NY 11201