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The return of high‐tech manufacturing to the United States, combined with a paucity of trained professionals in technical and engineering fields, has driven demand for career-specific training. Educational and other civic institutions have begun to reinvent the technical school and adult education facilities.

Panelists from the NYC Department of Education, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Industry City will explore how these pressures are shaping new and old CTE and adult education facilities. They will discuss how the integration of technology has changed the programing of these spaces, as well as the challenges that have risen in the development of these facilities. Speakers will also determine how a new generation of CTE and adult education programs can benefit underserved communities and students currently not well served by existing educational pathways.

John Widlund, Executive Director, Career & Technical Education for the New York City Department of Education
Clare Newman, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC)

Nate Broughton, AIA
Burck Schellenberg, AIA

John Widlund has over two decades of experience and expertise as a CTE educator, including 12 years as a principal of several New York City CTE schools. Through his various roles, Mr. Widlund has worked closely to bring partners into the classroom, developing numerous relationships with universities, unions and companies. He has worked to develop internship programs as well as college preparatory and placement programs for CTE students. Mr. Widlund has been instrumental in the development of the Brooklyn Navy Yard STEAM Center, a new CTE school developed as a partnership between the Navy Yard & NYC DOE that looks to create rigorous new CTE pathways. Throughout his career Mr. Widlund has emphasized collaborative professional development and sharing of strong practices, as well as services to meet students’ unique social and emotional needs. His time spent at the vanguard of CTE education in New York City has given him unique insights into recent changes and ongoing developments.

Clare Newman came to BNYDC from Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she was a senior leader on the Government Innovation team. In that role she led the Mayors Challenge, an international competition to inspire and incentivize cities to generate innovative ideas to solve major urban challenges. Prior to joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ms. Newman was a Vice President in New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC’s) Real Estate division. There she worked with government, not-for-profit, and private sector partners to lead development projects and other City initiatives. Ms. Newman is deeply involved in the planning and execution of the Brooklyn Navy Yard STEAM Center as well as the Navy Yard’s Workforce development. Through her past project portfolio, as well as her leadership role at one the of the largest industrial and business parks in New York City, Ms. Newman has developed a keen understanding of the needs of businesses, entrepreneurs, and the larger community.

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AIANY Architecture for Education Committee
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