March 1, 2017
New York, NY - Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) joined yesterday with leadership from DDC’s STEAM education initiative at a NYC Department of Education (DOE) ceremony recognizing the contributions of the public, private and non-profit partners of the DOE’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. DDC is a member of the CTE Construction and Sustainability Commission.
“Career and Technical Education provides students with skills for high-wage positions in the thriving construction industry, “ said Commissioner Peña-Mora. “CTE goals align very closely with the DDC STEAM education program, where we have been successful at nurturing student interest in engineering, architecture, and technology. We are very pleased to work with DOE to expose students to the world of the built environment and to encourage them to consider careers in the construction industry.”
“We greatly appreciate the tremendous support the STEAM program has received from the City Council and the Department of Education,” said Lee Llambelis, DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives. “We hope to work with schools throughout the City to help implement the STEAM curriculum and prepare our students for the challenges they’ll face in the 21st century economy.”
STEAM participant Geovanni Colon, an 11th grader at Chelsea CTE High School and a 2016 DDC high school summer intern, spoke at the program, held at the Tweed Courthouse on Chambers Street in downtown Manhattan.
“Over the summer I had the chance to learn from experienced architects, engineers, and other construction professionals,” said Colon. “Not only do DDC interns get to interact with the people who build and maintain the city we live in, we were also able to gain hands-on experience and learn about the different software programs used by construction industry professionals like AutoCAD or Revit. We got to use Google Sketch up to print out 3D models of our structures using Makerbot printers and we visited Google’s New York Headquarters.
“Post-internship, I have taken the many skills I have acquired through the DDC Internship Program and used them in school. Now I work fluently with Microsoft Excel and can create organizational charts in Microsoft Visio,” Colon said.
DDC is accepting applications for its 2017 high school summer internship program through March 31. Students must reside in New York City and must be at least 16 years of age and eligible to work in the United States with working papers. The six-week internship begins July 5, 2017 and ends August 11, 2017.
Applications for the DDC college and graduate summer internship program must be completed by March 17, 2017. Undergraduate students must be matriculated in an accredited college or must be a recent college graduate (winter/spring term of the program year). Graduate students must be currently in a graduate program in an accredited college, university, or law school. The ten-week program begins June 5, 2017 and ends on August 11, 2017.
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About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s lenses of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, new or upgraded roadways, sewers, water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $15 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative, and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to city projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc.