Career Connected Learning (2022)

Chancellor Banks has outlined a bold vision for New York City: through a reimagined student experience that centers career-connected learning all students will reach long term economic security. This vision is one where academic excellence is integrated with real world skills and experience - giving students a head start on college and career, and a strong plan toward a path to a rewarding career. Career-connected learning is an essential part of this vision. Starting in school year 2022-2023, building on lessons learned in Career & Technical Education Schools and early college high schools, the DOE will be launching two pilot programs, which are the first investments in this vision: FutureReadyNYC and Career Readiness & Modern Youth Apprenticeships.

FutureReadyNYC (FRNYC)

FRNYC is a multi-year initiative where participating schools will choose one of four career pathways (business, education, healthcare, or technology). Through this career-connected pathway, participating students will:

  • Explore a range of careers and take classes aligned to a career that interests them,
  • Develop 21st century skills including digital and financial literacy,
  • Get real-world, paid work experiences like internships,
  • Earn early college credit and industry-validated credentials, and
  • Be supported with personalized college and career planning to ensure successful transition into college and/or careers providing family-sustaining wages.

Through this pilot, schools and educators will receive support and funding to develop labor market-aligned pathways to ensure students are future ready. FutureReadyNYC will prepare students with real skills, a strong plan for after high school, and a head start for where they are headed, including through college credits and/or industry aligned credentials. FutureReadyNYC will also engage NYC employers to offer internships and other work-based learning experiences and higher education, including CUNY campuses, for early college credit aligned to careers. Overall FutureReadyNYC will catalyze learning for schools, educators and students about how career-connected learning can work best in NYC schools.

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Career Readiness and Modern Youth Apprenticeship (CRMYA)

Career Readiness and Modern Youth Apprenticeship (CRMYA) is a multi-year initiative developed in partnership with the NYC Jobs Council and CareerWise NY. Participating schools ensure students integrate time spent on academics, advanced training, and paid work experience to further develop skills and exposure in their desired career fields. Participating schools will offer career readiness courses, early college credit courses and apprenticeship opportunities to their students.

During their junior year of high school, students attend school three times per week and report to their apprenticeship sites twice a week. Students have the opportunity to continue with the program until their sophomore year of college, which could result in receiving an official job offer from their apprenticeship site.

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During freshman and sophomore year students take part in workshops, courses, and a plethora of various training sessions that prepare them to apply for internships. Students are given the opportunity to explore and discover diverse career paths in high-growth, high wage fields.

After the first two years of high school, students will be able to apply to participate in apprenticeship programs with large organizations in business operations, finance and technology. Apprentices will continue to attend school and student apprentices will earn between $15-$22 an hour as an entry level wage.

This pilot will build career readiness skills for NYC students, create meaningful career opportunities for apprentices and build learnings that can be applied in other schools to support development of career readiness skills to ensure students graduate with a head start on their college & career plans.

Hear from apprenticeship participants from NYC directly: MYA VIDEO

Career Connected Learning (1)

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education programs are made up of elective courses that teach you about different careers. New York City offers you over 130 schools and over 260 programs to choose from. Some CTE schools also host additional career-connected learning programs like Career Readiness & Modern Youth Apprenticeship.

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To find schools and programs in your area please visit theonline CTE directory.The programs are organized into 16 different career clusters. Career clusters connect to more than 79+ specific career pathways or jobs. The 16 career clusters are:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Co-op Tech also offers half-day career and technical training for students who:

  • are enrolled in academic courses in another Department of Education program, or
  • have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent

What Students Get from CTE

Students who complete career and technical education programs are better prepared to make informed college and career decisions thanks to the real-world experiences they have in high school.

Career and Technical Education programs offer you:

  • Classes that teach you skills you will need to be successful in work and life after high school.
  • A class in Career and Financial Management that will help you to explore careers, learn about the workplace, and prepare you to manage your own money.
  • Teachers who have worked in their career areas and who hold industry certifications and professional licenses.
  • Opportunities for you to earn industry-recognized certifications that can help you to prepare for internships and jobs while you are still in school.
  • Work-based learning experiences like career mentoring, workplace tours, job shadowing, and internships that will help you build professional skills.
  • You will learn skills such as planning for success, collaboration, problem solving, social awareness and professional attitude.
  • School partnerships that help you meet adults who are working in the careers you are interested in learning more about.
  • Articulation agreements that offer you college credits, advanced standing or reduced tuition in a related college/university program upon graduation.
  • A Career and Technical Education Endorsement on your high school diploma.

Students who graduate from career and technical education programs may choose to:

  • continue at a college or university
  • go directly into the workforce
  • select technical training programs, apprenticeships, or schools that specialize in their chosen field of interest, or
  • some combination of all of the above

Diploma Endorsement

A high school diploma with Career and Technical Education endorsement is granted to students enrolled in NY State-approved programs of study who complete the following requirements:

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  • 44 credits including the CTE career electives
  • Pass 5 Regents
  • Pass a 3-part technical assessment (this may be an industry recognized credential)
  • Work based learning experiences in career awareness, exploration, and career development
  • Work skills profile

Learn More

You can learn more about Career and Technical Education programs by:

  • Visiting theHigh School Admissions website
  • Visiting theNYC Career and Technical Education website, where you will find:
    • Videos where students, teachers and principals introduce you to career and technical education
    • A Schools and Program Directory that you can search by borough, school district, or career pathway and includes direct links to the high-school websites
    • Information about work-based learning programs like our industry scholars internship program. You can also watch a video of students and employers talk about their experiences.
    • Career maps that teach you about the types of jobs that you can prepare for in CTE
    • The Career and Technical Education newsletter, NYCCTE Spotlight, is full of news about the amazing things that are happening in CTE schools and programs.
  • Visiting theCo-op Tech website

How to Enroll in CTE Schools

  • Speak with your guidance counselor
  • Get help with admissions and enrollment from aFamily Welcome Centerstaff member

Are you already enrolled in a participating school? If yes…


Students participating in the program would have to continue to reside in New York City in order to continue with the apprenticeship program.

What to do if the program is not available in your school

If this program is not available in your DOE school, but you are interested in developing new skills and have a hands-on real work experience check out the following links:

Get Involved in Career and Technical Education (For Businesses)

Student Engagement

An essential part of the Career Connected Learning experience is for the students to gain exposure to work experiences. You can support students’ preparation in the following ways:

  • Internships: Provide work experience and guided supervision through internships founded by the NYC Department of Education.
  • Workplace Tours: Offer students the chance to learn about your business and explore your worksite.
  • Career Days: Share your career and college pathway experiences with students at a school or your website.
  • Mock Interviews: Help students master their networking and interviewing skills through events at a school or your worksite.

Teacher Engagement

At the core of every high quality CTE program is a committee teacher who strives to ensure their programs meet industry needs. Consider the following opportunities that allow teachers to stay current with industry trends and talent pipeline needs.

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  • Professional Development workshops: lead workshops for teachers to learn about industry trends or garner a new skill.
  • Externships: Host a CTE teacher through a NYC Department of Education funded, short-term learning opportunity at your business to help them upskill their industry experience.

Industry Engagement

Commissions bring together schools, industry and college partners to strengthen CTE programs that meet the talent development needs of NYC

  • Panelists and Presenters: Provide insight into industry trends and hiring practices to an audience of CTE teachers
  • CTE Curriculum Review: Give feedback to improve a CTE teacher’s industry-specific curriculum
  • Meeting Space: Host commission meetings or other CTE events at your worksite

New York City P-TECH Schools

New York City’s Grades 9-14 Early College and Career Schools (also known as P-TECH Schools) are public schools under the NYC Department of Education and are supported by the CTE team as well as by the CUNY Early College Initiative. Each of these schools offer an innovative six-year high school program to prepare students for college and careers competitive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industries.

All of the Grades 9-14 schools are affiliated with a CUNY college that offers New York public school students the opportunity to take courses toward an Associate degree, at no cost to the student or the family. The Grades 9–14 schools also works with lead industry partners to support students in exploring careers and attaining skills needed to work in STEM industries. Grades 9-14 high schools are open to all New York City students.

To learn more about New York City P-TECH schools and to apply, visit:

Title IX

Title IXof the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. The DOE is committed to complying with Title IX and ensuring that DOE schools and workplaces are free of sex discrimination.

Questions regarding Title IX compliance should be referred to:

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Sobia Mahmood, Esq.,
Title IX Coordinator
65 Court Street, Room 1102
Brooklyn, NY 11201


How would you describe willingness to learn? ›

What is willingness to learn? Willingness to learn is a key behaviour that helps us get on in life, whether personally or professionally. Simply put, it's being open to – or seeking out – new experiences, skills and information that improve our abilities and enjoyment.

Why learning is important in career? ›

It helps you to develop key skills and highlight any weaknesses. Its about taking the time and, making the commitment, to invest in your greatest resource – you. Learning at work will give you the opportunity to brush up on your weaker skills or develop yourself to work better.

Is willingness to learn a soft skill? ›

While there are countless examples of soft skills, such as conflict resolution, strong communication skills, a willingness to learn and even a strong work ethic, based on our conversations with employers we know that the following seven important soft skills are the most commonly requested.

Why are you planning to continue your education? ›

Increases your salary.

Continuing education often leads to a raise or a higher starting salary at a new position. Whether you will be offered a raise or promotion in your current job or will qualify for a new job that has a better salary, continuing education will have a major benefit for your income.

How do you answer willingness to learn? ›

How to demonstrate your willingness to learn and grow
  1. Provide examples of how you are self-teaching. ...
  2. Highlight your dedication to growth. ...
  3. Embrace emerging technology. ...
  4. Explain how your ideas have helped the bottom line. ...
  5. Ask questions in the interview. ...
  6. In the job interview, show rather than tell.

How do you say your ability to learn quickly? ›

1. Use Quick Learner Synonyms
  1. adept.
  2. flexible.
  3. capable.
  4. receptive.
  5. adaptable.
  6. sponge.
  7. able to quickly grasp new concepts.

How will Lifelong Learning help you succeed in life and career? ›

Lifelong learning ensures that you're the most qualified and suited to your job. It could even make you irreplaceable. If you're competent, vastly skilled and knowledgeable, your job will remain yours. Having job skills which match market needs makes you an asset to your company.

How your learning impact your work? ›

Learning helps you become more open to change. By developing growth mindset and beleiving you can learn new things you will be more adapatable to the change happening in your profession. Workplace and you will be more willing to take on new ways of working.

How studying can help you progress your career? ›

You gain knowledge, skills and experience to help you both in your career and in life in general. On top of that, by gaining additional skills in communication and problem solving and achieving your goals, you can also increase your confidence.

How do you say you are willing to learn in an interview? ›

How to demonstrate your willingness to learn in an interview
  1. Ask plenty of questions. ...
  2. Demonstrate your passion for gaining new skills. ...
  3. Earn certifications and take additional courses. ...
  4. Request information about training and growth opportunities. ...
  5. Pitch new ideas based on your research.

How do you say you are willing to learn in CV? ›

Resume skill example: In all my previous roles an eagerness to learn and grow has seen me undertake external training, job shadowing or mentoring for career progression. I look forward to doing the same at your organisation.

How can I improve myself professionally? ›

Follow these steps to improve yourself professionally: Read often.
  1. Read often. Reading regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to learn. ...
  2. Adopt a new hobby. ...
  3. Sign up for a training session. ...
  4. Identify in-demand skills. ...
  5. Try a new schedule. ...
  6. Commit to an exercise routine. ...
  7. Set big goals. ...
  8. Change your mindset.

How important is continuing education for your future success? ›

Continuing education can help you improve job performance. You'll also have special skills your colleagues don't, helping you stand out from the crowd when it's time for the boss to give out a promotion. Hard work is only one important part of climbing the career ladder.

What are the benefits of continuing education? ›

Here are some of the benefits of continuous learning for career advancement:
  • Maintain your relevance. Don't let yourself or your business down. ...
  • Increase your visibility. ...
  • Stay agile. ...
  • Shift your viewpoint. ...
  • Gain more confidence. ...
  • Grow to inspire. ...
  • Encourage career advancement. ...
  • New or updated credentials and certificates.

What is your future plans best answer? ›

My future plans are having a job I enjoy doing, finding good life-work balance, foster good relationships both at work and in my personal life, and simply enjoy every day as it comes and goes. Of course, I plan to continue working on my language skills, because I want to become better in my work.

How can I say willing to learn eager to learn in a cover letter? ›

For example: Before: I may not have all the experience you would prefer, but I believe that my enthusiasm and willingness to learn make me a strong candidate. Better: I believe that my enthusiasm and willingness to learn make me a strong candidate. Use strong, active verbs - avoid the passive voice.

How do you say eager to learn new things? ›

You could call them "curious".

How can I improve my willingness at work? ›

Here are seven ways to increase your motivation in your career if you're struggling lately.
  1. Find work that interests you. ...
  2. Request feedback from your boss or colleague. ...
  3. Learn a new skill. ...
  4. Ask for a raise. ...
  5. Remind yourself of your “WHY” for doing the work that you do. ...
  6. Lose yourself in service.
22 Nov 2016

What's another way to say I'm a quick learner? ›

Use synonyms so you aren't just saying “quick learner” over and over. Try “adept,” “capable,” “receptive,” “retain information,” and “able to quickly grasp new concepts.”

How do you prove you are a quick learner? ›

Other ways to say 'fast learner'
  1. Active listener.
  2. Adaptable.
  3. Attentive learner.
  4. Detail-oriented.
  5. Receptive to training.
  6. Research-focused.
  7. Resourceful.
  8. Versatil.
16 Dec 2021

What do you call a person willing to learn? ›

curiosity. noundesire to learn or know about anything. concern. eagerness. inquiring mind.

Why is lifelong learning important to your career plans? ›

It can help you discover your passions, boost creativity, reduce boredom, makes life more interesting, and can even open future opportunities. The world of work is ever-changing, and lifelong learning can be the key to enhancing your skills and employability.

Why is it important to continue learning throughout your life? ›

Continuous learning also helps us to keep pursuing our personal and professional development goals, and all the achievements along the way are a great source of happiness for many of us. It also helps us keep boredom at bay, which is another way of increasing our happiness.

Why is lifelong learning so important? ›

Importance of lifelong learning

It recognizes that humans have a natural drive to explore, learn and grow and encourages us to improve our own quality of life and sense of self-worth by paying attention to the ideas and goals that inspire us.

What are the positive impact of learning? ›

Through learning, employees can refresh skills or identify those they need to work on. They can choose to develop role-specific expertise, or they can develop soft skills, which are becoming increasingly sought after in the digital age.

Why is learning skills important? ›

It keeps you healthy

Learning keeps your mind engaged and body active. It helps you get new and knowledge-based perspectives on the world around you. It helps you gain new experiences, trains your brain to handle a wide range of challenges, and keeps your neural pathways active.

What are the benefits of learning new skills? ›

Here are some of the biggest benefits of learning a new skill – no matter what that skill is.
  • Your brain chemistry changes. ...
  • Your learning speed increases. ...
  • You make connections between skill areas. ...
  • You become a more interesting person. ...
  • It fights boredom. ...
  • You adapt better to change. ...
  • You could stave off dementia.
23 Jan 2017

What is most important for your career growth? ›

Your reputation is the most precious thing you own in developing a career. You must be known for being a reliable, professional, and helpful individual.

How do you want to grow your career? ›

Here are steps to grow in your career:
  1. Set clear goals about your expectations. ...
  2. Approach your goal with a step-by-step plan. ...
  3. Actively search for new opportunities. ...
  4. Discuss your career goals with a supervisor or colleague. ...
  5. Keep track of your progress.

How do you answer career progression questions? ›

You have two main objectives when answering the question, “What are your career aspirations?”: Demonstrate that your aspirations align with the company's vision and long-term goals. Show the interviewer how the role will help you gain the skills and experience necessary to achieve your career aspirations.

How do you say you have no experience but willing to learn interview? ›

A good response would be, “I don't have managerial experience, but I was allowed to take the lead on various projects where I delegated tasks to other co-workers and received specified results.

How do you demonstrate commitment to learning? ›

Commitment to Learning Tips

Commit to investing in your education. Allocate a budget for training, courses, and mentoring in areas you specifically require assistance. Discover how you best like to learn i.e. online courses, live events, reading, masterminds etc.

Why should we hire you answer best? ›

Show that you have skills and experience to do the job and deliver great results. You never know what other candidates offer to the company. But you know you: emphasize your key skills, strengths, talents, work experience, and professional achievements that are fundamental to getting great things done on this position.

How would you describe your learning attitude? ›

Learning attitude is a self-initiated, voluntary attitude stemming from natural curiosity & motivation & it's critical for both personal & professional development. Learning attitude for Professional development: Although qualifications can get us to interview, it's our attitude that decides the fate of employment.

What skills do you want to improve? ›

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Is being a quick learner a skill? ›

What are fast learner skills? Fast learning skills include a broad set of experiences in different fields. These can cover quick adaptability to new environments, the ability to pick up new technical skills, and the capability of tracking new industry developments.

What are your career goals and aims? ›

6 Common Career Goals + Examples
  • Advancing to a leadership position.
  • Becoming a thought leader.
  • Working toward professional development.
  • Shifting into a new career path.
  • Experiencing career stability.
  • Creating a career goal.
13 Jul 2022

What have I done to achieve my career plans? ›

How To Achieve Your Career Goals?
  • Define What You Want in Your Career.
  • Remind Yourself of the "Why."
  • Be Specific When Trying To Define Your Career Goals.
  • Choose 1-3 Big Goals.
  • Break Them Down Into Simple Steps.
  • Find "MentorsKeep"
  • Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People.
  • Read About Other Successful People.
11 Apr 2022

How can I improve myself everyday? ›

Here's a look at some ways to build self-improvement into your daily routine and let go of negative thoughts about yourself.
  1. Cultivate gratitude. ...
  2. Greet everyone you meet. ...
  3. Try a digital detox. ...
  4. Use positive self-talk. ...
  5. Practice random acts of kindness. ...
  6. Eat at least one meal mindfully. ...
  7. Get enough sleep. ...
  8. Breathe consciously.
24 Apr 2019

What is another word for willingness to learn? ›

eager to learn or know; inquisitive.

What do you call someone who is always willing to learn? ›

Inquisitive. An inquisitive person is intellectually curious, eager for knowledge, and likes to inquire, research and ask questions.

What do you call a person who likes to learn new things? ›

A philomath (/ˈfɪləmæθ/) is a lover of learning and studying.

How do you describe someone who is eager to learn? ›

eagerness to learn; studiousness; inquisitiveness; thirst for knowledge; appetite for knowledge.

What is it called when you learn on the job? ›

On-the-job training is instruction for employees that takes place at work. OJT typically involves a combination of observing others and hands-on experience completing tasks under the supervision of a training manager, coworker or outsourced professional trainer.

How do you say eager to learn new things? ›

You could call them "curious".

Why do I love learning so much? ›

Why do I love and value learning? These are a few of the reasons: Knowledge for knowledge's sake – it's enjoyable to learn things; to form connections, to master new skills. It boosts self-esteem.

What do you call a person who has a lot of knowledge? ›

polymath. noun. formal someone who has a lot of knowledge about many different subjects.

What do you call a person who shares knowledge? ›

A few more words for people who share knowledge: teacher, "teaching assistant", tutor, mentor, coach, guru, contributor, author, polyglot, blogger, Wikipedian, ...

How do you say you are willing to learn in an interview? ›

How to demonstrate your willingness to learn in an interview
  1. Ask plenty of questions. ...
  2. Demonstrate your passion for gaining new skills. ...
  3. Earn certifications and take additional courses. ...
  4. Request information about training and growth opportunities. ...
  5. Pitch new ideas based on your research.

How do you say you have no experience but willing to learn interview? ›

A good response would be, “I don't have managerial experience, but I was allowed to take the lead on various projects where I delegated tasks to other co-workers and received specified results.

How do you say keep me in mind for future opportunities? ›

For example, “I would love to stay in touch. Please keep me in mind if you have any other openings in the future that you think would be a good fit.

What is the love of learning? ›

Love of learning means a passion for learning, a desire to learn just for learning's sake. In fact, curiosity and love of learning are among the most closely related strengths in the VIA Classification.


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