NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has announced that his office will host the HERE to HERE Career Pathways Discussion on October 6, 2017, at Metropolitan College of New York’s Bronx Campus, 463 East 149th Street. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Co-sponsors of the event also include: Metropolitan College of NY, DreamYard, Big Picture Learning, Per Scholas and The Knowledge House.
The discussion will focus on “Creating the 21st Century Classroom” and will feature experts from the worlds of technology, education, business and government discussing effective ways to integrate technology into the classroom experience so that high school and college students are properly prepared for future technology jobs. The discussion is part of a three-part career pathways discussion. Future discussions will highlight proven methods for preparing students for high demand jobs and family-sustaining careers in the healthcare sector as well as the transportation and logistics industries. Details on the second and third events will be announced at a later date.
Although high school graduation rates have been increasing in recent years, youth unemployment and under-employment continue to vex low-income communities throughout the Bronx and New York City. With regard to the discussion on October 6, the tech sector’s employment growth is outpacing most other industries, and jobs in many industries increasingly require technology skills. These higher-paying technology jobs are also disproportionately held by white men. The goal of the conversation is to identify how local schools can create career pathways so their students have access to family-supporting jobs.
HERE to HERE, a co-sponsor of the event, works strategically with employer, education and community partners to create career pathways that mutually benefit 14 to 25 year-olds and employers seeking talent. HERE to HERE focuses on young Bronxites while they are still in school. HERE to HERE’s network partners seek to create multiple, multi-year pathways for young adults to gain (self) knowledge through classroom-based curriculum and career counseling, and acquire additional training through employer recognized certifications and internships/ apprenticeships. The ultimate goal is for these young people to secure and succeed in a family-sustaining career that is well aligned with their interests, talents and expertise.
“Preparing our students for the economy of the future requires synergy between our schools and our growing tech sector,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This event will help my office and others develop a plan for greater collaboration between our schools and our employers, and I look forward to taking part in it.”
“HERE to HERE works with leaders across key fields to maximize career opportunities for young people in The Bronx. This discussion is a prime example of the cross-industry collaboration needed to develop curriculum, structure internship programs and forge partnerships that are tailored to the needs and interests of young people in the community and informed by a very dynamic labor market,” said HERE to HERE Chair Judy Dimon.
For more information on the summit, including a complete list of speakers and how to register can be found at https://bxdigitaleducation.splashthat.com/. Panelists and moderators include:
- Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President
- Judy Dimon, Chair, HERE to HERE
- Randy Moore, Vice President, Post-secondary Partnerships & Innovation, HERE to HERE
- Callie Thuma, Internship Coordinator, HERE to HERE
- Monica Major, Director of Education and Youth Services, Bronx Borough President’s office
- Victoria Reing, Director of Policy and Deputy Counsel, Bronx Borough President’s office
- Marlene Cintron, President, Bronx Overall Economic Development
- Stanley Litow, VP, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs & President, IBM International Foundation
- John Allen, US East K-12, Manager, Google
- James T. Richardson, ConnectED Development Executive, Apple
- Jen Noborikawa, Code/Interactive
- Jerelyn Rodriguez, Co-Founder & CEO, KnowledgeHouse
- Julian Cohen, Director of School Partnerships PerScholas
- Plinio Ayala, President, PerScholas
- Dana Luria, Director of Special Initiatives, Big Picture Learning
- Felix Cardona, B.A., J.D., Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Hostos Community College
- Kenneth Adams, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Bronx Community College
- Dr. Itai Feigenbaum, Assistant Professor, Lehman College
- Ron Summers, Senior Director of Policy & Implementation, Computer Science for All
- Carmen Toledo, Principal, PS25- The Bilingual School
- Jeff Palladino, Principal, Fannie Lou Hamer High School
- Joaquin Vega Vargas, Principal, Bronx International HS
- Ben Grossman, Principal, Bronx Academy for Science and Engineering
- William Frackelton, Principal, Soundview Academy
- Ed Tom, Principal, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics
- Rudy Blanco, Director of Digital Learning, DY Prep HS
- Elizabeth Clay Roy, Chief of Staff, Phipps Neighborhood
- Tim Lord, Co-Director, DreamYard
- Gary Axelbank, Host of BronxTalk and Publisher of thisistheBronX