ITC Graduates Represent P-TECH Program at the White House
Published on 8/27/18
District News ITC
Three ITC Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) graduates had the opportunity to show their civic readiness this summer as they met President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
In early July, Class of 2018 graduates Lilly La, Robert Felder and William DeJesus were invited to attend a panel discussion at ITC hosted by Ivanka Trump focusing on job-training programs. The students were asked to speak about their experience in the P-TECH program, which aims to help prepare students for careers in manufacturing and engineering.
“Enrolling in the P-TECH program prepared me for college and any career that I plan to pursue in the near future,” Lilly explained. “It offered free college courses, job shadows, and even job opportunities. I appreciate everything that P-TECH offers students, because it creates a pathway toward success.”
Later in the month, Ivanka Trump invited the students to the White House to represent the SCSD P-TECH program at an event where President Trump signed an executive order to boost workforce development.
“Being invited to represent the Syracuse City School District at the White House was an honor,” Lilly added. “The SCSD is commonly misrepresented due to how the media portrays the district and how it fails to highlight students’ successes. Being at the White House showed that students in the SCSD are capable of so many things!”
“I am Puerto Rican, and being able to go to the White House and meet with President Trump and Ivanka Trump was an exciting moment in my life that not many people of my race can say they had,” William said. “It was great to see what the government and companies are doing for minorities and women with the P-TECH program and technical education for young adults. Witnessing the signing of the executive order showed me that companies such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Walmart and FedEx care about programs like P-TECH and want to guarantee jobs for students like me right out of college. I will be finishing the P-TECH program in May 2019, when I will graduate with my two-year degree in Mechanical Engineering. The program has helped me gain the technical and career skills I will need to enter the work force, and I have gained so many skills!”
Prior to their appearance at the White House, Robert had the opportunity to take part in a live interview on CNBC, alongside Ivanka Trump. ITC P-TECH Coordinator Nick Lisi, who made the trip to Washington, DC with the students, said the entire experience was a positive one not just for the three students but also for the entire SCSD P-TECH program.
“The recognition from the White House shines brightly on everyone who works with our students,” Mr. Lisi said. “It is a testament to the cultural shift that Principal Formica has allowed to develop at ITC that embraces career ready training with the rigorous academic education and the welcoming of the business community to our school to regularly work with our students. Everyone at ITC has made this possible. I hope this shows the world the creative and innovative ways our students are learning to help them be their best!”
We are proud of these #SCSDCareerReady scholars for their professionalism in representing the district and its P-TECH program!