PMIEF is proud to be a part of the New York City Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Scholars program. This innovative program aims to expose youth to growing, information-age professions over summer break. Program “interns” are given experiential opportunities in a variety of subject areas, including information technology, web development, design, and media and event production, then are asked to create a project in one of those fields.
For example, students who decide to pursue their summer “career” in web development and design are expected to build a website and flier for a non-governmental organization (NGO). This style of project-based learning bridges the gap between education and vital, real-life skills and experience. Beginning in 2011, leaders of the CTE Summer Scholars program have utilized PMIEF’s Project Management Skills for Life® as an educational resource. Empowering students to collaborate and manage their own projects, while learning technical skills like InDesign, Google Analytics, and coding, is at the core of the CTE Summer Scholars program.
At the end of the summer, student interns present their work in front of a distinguished panel. Jeff Barker, New York State President of Bank of America and David Fischer, Executive Director for Youth Employment for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York are two notables. The program gives CTE students the chance to integrate content learned in their CTE coursework into a simulated professional environment. Programs like NYC’s CTE Summer Scholars is one example of PMIEF’s mission to get project-based learning in classrooms into action.