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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Students learn all aspects of the culinary industry, including various food preparation techniques, safety, and sanitation. All students must take the NYC Department of Health Food Handler's course/exam and the NOCTI performance and written assessment. Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) partners with our school and provides various career and scholarship opportunities. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.
Students learn of the electrical industry, including residential and commercial wiring and motor controls. All students must earn certification by NCCER upon graduation. They are also required to take a ten-hour certification exam by OSHA. We partner with MTA, the Building Trades Council (Local 3), and TWU Local 100. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.
The Brooklyn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Center provides a CTE focus on a range of courses including: culinary, information technology, graphics, engineering, and architecture. The program includes innovative technical training leading to certification and opportunities to earn college credit. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.
Students learn all aspects of computer repair and maintenance, network design, and infrastructure support. All students are required to take industry certifications that may include A+ and CISCO CCENT/CCNA. We partner with NBC Studios, Division of Instructional Technology, ASI, and CISCO. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. 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
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