February 15, 2018
On Thursday February 15, 2018, the New York City Department of Design and Construction participated in a Career Day at Millennium High School. STEAM Initiatives Division Senior Program Coordinator Teresa Ye shared with junior and senior students her experiences in high school, college, and her career path to DDC. While she had previously aspired to become an English teacher in China, she chose to stay in NYC immediately following graduation from Hamilton College. Teresa redirected her passion for education and art & design to work for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office serving as a Community Liaison. She currently serves as a Senior Program Coordinator at the NYC Department of Design and Construction. At DDC, she helps develop and implement various STEAM educational programs to introduce underrepresented NYC students to the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. The programs offer students opportunities to learn about the built environment and innovative technologies that will lead to a more resilient and sustainable future. The Division supports students in pursuing built environment professions beginning in the middle school and continuing through high school, college, graduate school, and professional careers. Teresa concluded by emphasizing to the students the importance of passion and creativity. There are numerous paths to consider when pursuing the professional career of one’s choice, and it is essential to be creative when overcoming obstacles to achieve ones professional goals.