News & Events

Congratulations to Mike Jackson, our new CTE Graphic Design teacher at South Philadelphia, and his 4 students for placing at the Penn CFAR CAB virtual World AIDS Day event.

The winners are:

1st Place: Minqing Xu, 11th Grade

2nd Place: Casandra Lopez, 12th Grade

3rd Place: Miguel Gregory, 10th grade

Back Cover: M’aliyah Govens, 10th Grade

This is an even more impressive achievement, considering Mike just began his teaching career this year and this was students’ first major project using a new software (Photopea) while program instruction is remote and they do not have access to Photoshop, with which they are more familiar!

Click Here for Winning Posters

Congratulations Mike and welcome to the CTE Team of great industry professionals and teachers!!


As social distancing practices continue into the summer, students at Lincoln High School have come up with creative ways to serve their community – all from home.

The 8th Annual All-City Auto Mechanics Technology Competition

Our partners at CCP hosted the 8th annual All-City Auto Mechanics Technology Competition on December 13th. The seven participants from four schools took a 100 question computer-based exam, performed a preventive maintenance check on a vehicle, and completed a precision measuring lab.  The top three winners were separated by only 8 points!

  • First place winner was Eduardo Lebron from Edison High School
  • Second place was Don Stark from Swenson High School District of Philadelphia
  • Third was Alexandro Lopez from Mastbaum High School

The Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia awarded a $500.00 scholarship to CCP to Eduardo, along with other gifts for all participants.

The CCP Auto Tech program also provided the winners and all participants with gifts and tools. The top two winners will advance to the SkillsUSA state competition.

Thank you to Dan Reed, Bill March and Richard Saxton at CCP for creating another great experience for our auto students. Hector Guzman from the Dealers Association also acted as a judge and prize presenter, and we thank the Association for their generosity.



Mastbaum High School Student Ambassador Program Visits Philly Chamber of Commerce

Students in the Business and Health programs at Mastbaum High School (Berlandy Neila Delsume, Mayama Konneh, Nasir Briggs, & Anysha Mendez-Maisonet) toured the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and later met with Councilman Allan Domb and his staff.  Our students, with only a small amount of training, were prepared and dressed for success. They aced the tour. The Councilman was so impressed, he donated $2500 dollars to Mastbaum, and wants to discuss partnering them with various employers.  He even offered our two amazing business ambassadors intern positions with his real estate company!

He also loved culinary program’s cookies, and asked if he can buy 1800 dozen from the chef next year to send out to business partners; AND he said he will get us a tent next year for the Christmas Village so the students can sell their products as well.  He loved that idea, as well as finding space at Reading Terminal to start selling Philly made items with the Pennsylvania only merchandise.

Congrats Mastbaum!!


Butterflies at Saul High School

Saul High School won the Eco-Sculpture contest last year and their prize was a butterfly pavilion for a day.


A Fabulous Honor for Jason Bernstein, Teacher at Kensington CAPA, and a great opportunity for students!

The Jason Bernstein Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts Award is a $5000 Scholarship for a first-year student who demonstrates exceptional artistic and academic potential and is interested in attending Moore College of Art and Design. This scholarship is renewable over four years totaling $20,000.

Jason Bernstein is a Digital Media Production Teacher at Kensington CAPA High School. Jason is not only skillful and dedicated; he is sincere and truly cares about his students. Congratulations!


Video Visionaries

Student Created Content Media Production Co.

Click here to see how the Video Visionaries Interns spent their summer


Congratulations to the following Students on scholarships earned through the  C-Cap Culinary Competition

Summer Drew, Randolph: Glorya Costanzo Scholarship ($1,500)

Donte Ferrigon, Randolph: Hammer Scholarship ($2,500), Kathleen Glass Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Ahmir Ginyard, Swenson: Monroe College Full-Tuition Scholarship for a Bachelor’s Degree ($57,312 valuation)

Kareem Irvin, Mastbaum: New England Culinary Institute Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Certificate Program ($16,800 valuation)

Jasurbek Ochilov, Swenson: Hammer Scholarship ($1,500), last year Jas won the Meatless Monday Scholarship as well ($2,000)

Romire Scott, Mastbaum: New England Culinary Institute Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Certificate Program ($16,800 valuation)

David Wu, Ben Franklin: Wellin Family Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)


Congratulations to Anna Walker-Roberts, Film & Video Production teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and her students for being awarded 1st Place for their video ‘Delete All Files’ at 10-Day Film Challenge!

The 10 Day Film Challenge is an intense and invigorating 10 school days in which teams of students make a movie – write, shoot, edit and score it, in just 10 school days and only during their scheduled class period!

The films are:

Delete All Files by Simone Cruice-Barnett, Sam Gualtieri, Ruby Ginsburg, and Jade Gilliam 1st Place and was nominated for Best Editing, Best Use of Line of Dialogue,  and won Best Opening Titles, Best Sound, Rowan University Award for Best Underclassmen Directed Film.

It’s Not Easy Being Blue by Grace Conley, Carlos DeJesus, Nhu Lai, and Sarah Son Nominated for Best Music and Rowan University Award for Best Underclassmen Directed Film.



Click here to link to ‘Delete All Files’ and other winning videos at the 10-Day Film Challenge website.



Thank you Comcast!!

The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Career and Technical Education
would like to thank Comcast for their commitment to youth workforce development.

Our office is dedicated to Career and Technical Education for approximately 6,000 students.
Yet, without the support of industry partners like Comcast our students would not have a “real-world”
setting in which to enhance their technical and professional skill sets. Additionally, their mentorship to
our students is equally priceless.

As this journey has taken us into year three, we have witnessed the growth of the young men and women
that have come through this program; and that is and this is a direct result of their efforts.
Our collective goal was to expose students who often lack access to meaningful career exploration, to
opportunities in their local community that could inspire and help guide them toward exciting career paths.

Thank you again for creating such a memorable, transformative experience for our young people!

Click here for more information

Comcast Co-Op Graduation Ceremony Pics


NASCAR drivers come to Swenson Arts & Technology High School

Comcast Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Four NASCAR drivers came to Swenson Arts & Technology High School on May 15th for a Q & A session
with automotive students. This was organized by Bob Smith, VP of Comcast and Steven Herring from CTE,
as part of the Xfinity Racing takeover day in Philly.

Drivers Joey Gase, Chad Finchum, Kaz Grala, and Brandon Brown brought a showcar, fielded questions from
students, signed autographs, gave gifts and passes to Pocono Raceway, and took pictures with the students for
a fun and informative afternoon.

NASCAR pics at Swenson HS

See Northeast Times article on Swenson NASCAR event


Congratulations to this year’s Platinum Chef Winners

It is with great pride and pleasure to congratulate this year’s Platinum Chef Winners, The Surviving Tigers with their Butterfly Pea Flour Cannelloni, Stuffed with Chicken.  This dish was a pure delight!  The runners up Grio Meo and third place Little Spice, also turned out amazing dishes during the finals.  Truly a difficult task for all of our judges as it went down to the wire.  Our esteemed judges worked diligently focusing on sanitation, creativity, taste, presentation and mise en place (organization).  These female students, (that’s correct, all female chefs) worked hard and exhibited great skill and respect for each other.

At the end of the competition, each team unconditionally hugged which was the best feeling a culinary instructor could ever hope for.  Thanks to our judges for their availability and expertise.  Thanks to Mr. Geiser, Ms. Redd, Ms, Omulo, Mr. Melendez, (Phila. Academies), Ms. Sampson, Alyssa Termini, (CCAP) Mr. Camp, Caitlyn Boyle, Ms. Colletti, and Michelle Eagan for their exceptional work.

Stuart R. Beck, CCC
Culinary Arts Instructor
George Washington High School




The Surviving Tigers, (Sophomores)
Executive Chef Diana Reyes
Sous Chef Brandy Antunes
Assistant Chef Assma Rohi
Assistant Chef Disha Patel


Greo Mio, (Juniors)
Executive Chef Diana Theodore
Sous Chef Kyla Frederic


Little Spice, (Seniors)
Executive Chef Rincy Roy
Sous Chef Betsy Torres
Assistant Chef Mekhrangez Khuvaydullaeva
Assistant Chef Mayerli Gonzalez
Assistant Chef Angela Volishinova


More than 50 students receive Microsoft Office certification

Northeast High School is congratulating 57 students who received their national Microsoft Office Specialists certification, which instructor Charles Bolger says will provide them with lifetime credentials.

Click here for more information


Where Are They Now

Student Accountability at A. Philip Randolph Technical High School Welding

So lately several people have asked about graduates from Randolph. As of today we now have students welding on submarines in New Jersey, students working at Aker Shipyard and students working in the local Unions. But Randolph’s biggest achievement comes from SEPTA. We have three of the youngest graduates working for SEPTA. One of course is Denisia, who at twenty years of age has just purchased her first home, a three bedroom two bath home in the Northeast… Might I add that these are all very good paying jobs and everyone here makes well over 50k a year…This is what CTE is all about and this is why I love my job!!!!!!!!

Joe Williams
Welding Teacher at
A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School


Blue-collar jobs paying $90,000 drive more workers to trade school

The new six-figure job? Trade work.

Trade schools are now touting how blue-collar professionals like plumbers, electricians, and mechanics make more money than workers whose roles required bachelor’s degrees, Bloomberg reports. While the average pay of some of these occupations totals $52,000, specialized jobs including aircraft mechanics and heavy-equipment technicians can surpass $100,000. Bloomberg reported plumbers in Atlanta earn $90,000 in wages and commissions — 70% higher than the region’s average income.

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You are invited to the 2019 Dobbins CTE Spring Showcase

Friday, April 26, 2019 from 5:00PM to 7:30PM

This is more than a Fashion Show, the event will include the following CTE Programs:

Fashion Design
Graphic Design
Sports Marketing
Culinary Arts
Building Property Maintenance
Networking Technology
Biomedical Technology

Dobbins CTE Showcase Flyer

This event is one event you don’t want to miss!!


Randolph Technical High School to co-host 6th Annual Car Show

Randolph Technical High School will host its 6th Annual Car Show on Saturday, May 4th sponsored by Universal Motor Sports Association.

The free event will feature hot-rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, trucks,  low riders and special interest vehicles, and all proceeds will benefit Randolph SkillsUSA student organization.

Click below for more information.

Randolph Car Show 2019


Congratulations to the CTE Culinary students competing in the final CCAP scholarship competition on Tuesday March 26th

Ahmir Ginyard- Swenson, Jasurbek Ochilov – Swenson, Kareem Irvin – Mastbaum, Romire Scott – Mastbaum, David Wu- Ben Franklin, Summer Drew – Randolph, & Donte Ferrigon – Randolph



Comcast program provides high school seniors with job opportunities

Jules Mastbaum High School senior Krystal Roche with Comcast tech operation manager Joseph Stanavich.

“I’m happy to share the below article from the Philadelphia Tribune about our co-op education program.  We value our partnership with the School District of Philadelphia in this program and are thrilled to work with incredible students like Krystal!”  Robert F. Smith, Vice President, Community Impact – Comcast

Click here for more Information


2019 CAPA MDTV Film Festival – Please Join Us!!

The 2019 CAPA MDTV Film Festival and Kaufy Awards!

What:        Kaufy Awards

Where:      CAPA

When:       * Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Events:     Audience Choice – 3:30PM

Red Carpet & Awards – 6:30PM

I’ve been to CAPA Film Festivals and they are always fun and entertaining, so I hope to see you there!

* please note that the date has been changed to Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (Poster has original date)



This thermal lined sweatshirt was gifted to all of the SDP/Comcast interns by Comcast.


2019 Philadelphia Auto Show Poster Contest

Congratulations to Kensington CAPA student, Carlos Vega, for winning 3rd Place in the 2019 Auto Show Competition!

Kudos to you, Jason Bernstein for working with Carlos to submit the winning design.

The results of the Auto Show Poster Competition are posted at the Association’s website at the following link:


 Philabundance Delivers Thousands Of Pounds Of Fresh Produce To Philadelphia School



Ex-Wall Streeter found his passion teaching at Northeast H.S.


These seniors want to leave a parting gift for their school: A library


Carver Engineering Senior Geovany Reyes sets school record for CAD Certification Exam

Carver Engineering Senior Geovany Reyes set a school record with his score on the Autodesk Inventor CAD Certification exam recently:

Geo has put in over 100 hours of time designing and creating computer aided models(CAD) since he started at Carver Engineering & Science.  He has become an advanced user of Autodesk Inventor professional grade engineering software.  His CAD certification will be a useful credential for engineering college applications and even freelance CAD modeling jobs since a digital badge is provided for his LinkedIn resume.  Geo is our school’s 3D printing expert and recently upgraded our engineering lab 3D printer to include capability to print more complex shapes with more exotic materials.  He has taken many engineering courses and participated in numerous engineering and CAD competitions.  This knowledge was applied when he designed custom parts for competitive robots and learning advanced CAD features that simulate, optimize and auto-generate design geometry based on physical forces a product experiences.


FarmHer:  Agriculuture as Walter B. Saul High School


Are You Kidding Me: Meet Yards Brewery’s 16-year-old chef


Students help the community with “Cars from the Heart”


Vet Science II’s class: Ms.T Rat Project


Get HYPE Philly Music Video


Head of the class

Comcast celebrated its initiative open to career and technical education students within the School District of Philadelphia.


Senior explores her interest in science at SLA at Center City


STEM, CTE programs blend at SLA at Center City


The C.A.M.P. Sustain.ability Architectural Discovery Experience 2018

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (PhilaNOMA) is pleased to announce ” The C.A.M.P. Sustain.ability Architectural Discovery Experience 2018″, a FREE one day event filled with architectural design  activities for middle and high school students.  Camp Sustain.ability will be celebrating its 10th anniversary as it does every year… bringing architecture to young minds!

Save the date for Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Jefferson Universities East Falls Campus.  There’s more in store… stay tuned for details.


Swenson Arts & Technology HS’s 2nd Annual Art Exhibit

You are invited to Swenson Arts & Technology HS’s 2nd Annual Art Exhibit at Raymour & Flanigan at 9960 Roosevelt
Boulevard in Philadelphia. Through Raymour & Flanigan’s Community Outreach program we are able to have our
students artwork on display in their store for the 2nd consecutive year.

This year the Digital Media Department focused on Photography as well as video and graphic design. The art classes
focused on using various mediums and sculpture. Our Culinary Department will be preparing the refreshments.
Please stop by to view our exhibit, enjoy light refreshments and purchase raffle tickets to win 2 Taylor Swift tees
and Concert tickets. The concert will be held at Lincoln Financial Field. There also be other prizes raffled off that night!

This event is on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 4-8pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone!


Academy Pathways prepare students for college, career at Roxborough High

Roxborough senior prepares for his future through biotechnology program


Randolph Technical High School 5th Annual Car Show,

Saturday, May 19th.

Proceeds of the show support student members of SkillsUSA, the national Career & Technical Student Organization.

A number of different car clubs will be combining efforts to help support the show with Universal Motor Sports as the lead.

We expect to have between 50 and 60 vehicles on display for the free family event.

Food will be offered for sale by the students of culinary arts.

Tours of the school will be offered to see the various CTE programs taught at Randolph.

Games, raffle drawings, music, trophies for winners, and great cars will highlight the day.

Randolph Car Show 2018-Flyer

Randolph Car Show 2018 registration


C-CAP NEWS April 2018


2018 Dobbins Fashion Show is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6:00PM.

Please make plans to attend this exciting event!



Congratulations to Chef Stuart Beck, Culinary Arts Instructor at George Washington
High School in receiving the Culinary Educator of the Year Award from the
Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chefs Association of the American Culinary Federation.



My name is Desiree Hill.

I am in the 12th grade currently attending the Randolph Career Academy, in the Advanced Electronics program.

This program helped me accomplish a lot. I have been on important trips. Such as going to Washington D.C and Harrisburg to meet state representatives, and congressional representatives.

I have had plenty of opportunities to get jobs and meet with important people. Recently, I went on a trip to the Sugar House Casino, with a few classmates and I went through a panel process. I worked hard to show the judges my determination and willingness to dedicate myself. Through the grace of God, I was hired. I am currently in the internship program at the Sugar House Casino where I will be working on the slot machines. This is what happens when you work hard and meet the right people.



Visit Shake Shack On Wednesday April 25th,

Shake Shack will donate 25% of your purchase to C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program).

SDP partners with CCAP to provide job training and scholarship opportunities to our Culinary students.

Present this flyer to ANY Philadelphia and KOP locations and 25% will go towards helping our students.


Walter Biddle Saul High Country Fair Day

Open to the Public
May 12th, 2018

7100 Henry Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128


Careers though Culinary Arts Program Competition


Lindback Foundation 2018 Distinguished Philadelphia Teachers


Philadelphia’s Jr. Solar Sprint!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Solar-powered model car race for 5th – 8th grade students


Overbrook Digital Media Studio ribbon cutting 2/23/2018



A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia


From ER to classroom: Nurse becomes instructor at Southern


Philly schools can’t hire enough plumbers. So they’re growing their own

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Winner of the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show Poster Contest

Auto poster contest

Congratulations Mastbaum High School Senior, Jasmin Ramos!!

The leaders of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) surprised Mastbaum High School Senior, Jasmin Ramos with the announcement that she was the Grand Prize winner for The 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show Poster Contest.  Congratulations Jasmin Ramos and Ms. Katie DeSilvis, Mastbaum Graphic Arts teacher. ADAGP presented her with $1000 scholarship along with other prizes.

See Video

Learn More about the Auto Show and other winners


Yaniv Aronson, Film & Video Production teacher at Northeast, is the new Mayor-Elect of Conshohocken!

Mastbaum was featured in the latest edition of Comcast Connections!

Career and Technical Education Students meet with NASCAR NEXT Drivers at Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School in Philadelphia.

Students from the School District of Philadelphia’s Career and Technical Education program at Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School met with the 2017-2018 class of NASCAR NEXT drivers. NASCAR NEXT consists of nine up-and-coming stars from across the United States and Canada. Each driver has a proven track record of success and possesses the necessary talent and skills to continue climbing the NASCAR ladder.

Thanks again to Bob Smith for bringing the NASCAR Next class to Mastbaum.



Shawna Vanleer, Digital Media Arts Teacher at Swenson Arts and Technology High School, is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design and an active alumni member.  To recognize her commitment to education and her students, Shawna was recently honored by Moore College of Art & Design with a $20,000 ($5,000 per year for 4 years) scholarship in her name.  The Shawna Vanleer Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts will be awarded to her student, Nicolle Marte.  Nicole is an aspiring young artist who demonstrates exceptional artistic and academic potential and has attended the Moore’s Young Artist Workshop (YAW) classes in Digital Drawing Board and Graphic Design.  Nicole attended these workshops through scholarships, as well.  Moore College of Art & Design believes that every young woman should be given the opportunity to learn and grow in an inspiring and supportive educational environment.  Congratulations, Shawna and Nicole!


the Notebook:  Ben Franklin visits Leonardo Helicopter – October 6, 2017



NE Times Article_BFHS visits Leonardo Helicopter for Manufacturing Day

Ben Franklin students visit construction sites

David Perlman, Chief Executive Officer Of PRDC Properties address Ben Franklin Advanced Manufacturing Center students at the Heid Building on September 20, 2017.    They announced that up to 20 students will intern on the new job site redevelopment project.

Mayor Jim Kenney speaks to Ben Franklin students at the Heid Building.


President Obama recognizes The Workshop School at the White House.


2017 NASCAR Next Class

Eight (8) drivers from the NASCAR Next class (a program for the next generation of racecar drivers) are doing a “field trip” to Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.  They are expected to become the next big wave of drivers in the sport and will be spending time at Mastbaum Technical High School with the automotive technology students at 1:30pm in the auditorium.

This event is being sponsored by our partners at COMCAST and GMR Marketing.


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The program is growing, but not as quickly as District officials had hoped. Equipment costs, for one thing, can be high.
by Darryl C. Murphy

Amid the challenge of expansion, CTE thrives