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The Urban Assembly Career & Technical Education Team builds schools' capacity to deliver high-quality, state- and industry-approved programs that provide students with academic and technical skills that prepare them to join and excel in the 21st century economy.

The Urban Assembly's labor trend research and experience building external partnerships with leading organizations has enabled us to create quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) schools, providing more than one pathway for post-secondary success. We have created unique schools that are the first of their kind in the country, including The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management and The Urban Assembly Maker Academy. The Urban Assembly is also a central convener and leader in CTE, recently producing the 2014 CTE Symposium at NYU – a gathering of high profile practitioners, policy-makers and stakeholders (http://ctenyc.splashthat.com/).

The Urban Assembly CTE team supports CTE schools in the UA network as they design, implement, and assess their programs, which include courses, work-based learning opportunities, and certifications and credentials that align with industry standards. In support of the CTE programs, Urban Assembly staff members work with schools to establish and maintain strong industry and post-secondary partnerships that provide students with early college and career experiences while in high school. The team supports schools through these key strategies:

  • Provide professional development for CTE teachers and staff
  • Provide more work-based learning experiences, post-secondary opportunities, and industry recognized credentials for CTE students
  • Advisory board management and support
  • Track CTE students after graduation

When we make educational opportunity real, we make the American dream real.

Deputy Mayor Richard Buery speaking at The Urban Assembly CTE Symposium 2014

Team Members

  • Julissa Baez is a workforce development professional with intensive background in work-based training and skill development for entrepreneurs. As the Deputy Director of Career Readiness at the UA, Julissa is responsible for partnership development and compliance for our career and technical education schools. Before joining the team, Julissa led educational programming for Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC), the first and largest municipal initiative to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship. Prior to WE NYC, Julissa helped build training programs at higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations serving opportunity youth. Julissa holds a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University and a BA in Political Science from Baruch College.