Newly selected NYC Department of Education Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza rounded out his tour of NYC public schools during the week of April 9 visiting schools in one borough each day. On Friday, April 13 Chancellor Carranza picked Aviation High School as his first tour of a Queens High School and he was amazed to see all the work the high school students were completing as they worked on earning their airframe and/or powerplant licenses, as well as a New York State Regents Diploma.

Chancellor Carranza stated, “These students know math in a very deep and profound way. We see some incredible things where students aren’t just sitting in classrooms in rows. They’re using their hands”, as he praised both the aviation maintenance and academic courses in the school. During his visit Chancellor Carranza observed a senior sheet metal course which reminded him of the sheet metal work he used to help his father with, a senior propeller class and the senior airframe classes held in the school’s onsite hangar. The Chancellor gave a brief press conference at the end of his tour stressing the great work the school was doing in the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the importance of promoting more programs like it.

Following his visit to Aviation High School, Chancellor Carranza toured and participated in classes at the Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria, Queens.

Carranza spent the week meeting with students, teachers and parents from all grade levels across the boroughs. “Learning should be fun. School should be fun,” Carranza said. “Now, it’s serious business. Kids have to learn to read and write, and we have to make sure they’re prepared for a 21st century.” He further added, “Students should have fun when they’re learning as well. They should want to come to school and be a part of it, and I’m seeing ample evidence across all five boroughs of students doing just that, having fun while they’re learning, and it’s been a great experience.”

Mr. Alba was previously Editor of the Airport Press for 12 years covering both local as well as global aviation news. Prior to this, Mr. Alba had Executive positions in Systems Engineering and Marketing with IBM World Trade, and had foreign assignments in the Far East and Latin America earning three Outstanding Achievement Awards. Mr. Alba also directed a new function dealing with Alternate Fuels for Public Service Electric & Gas company in New Jersey and founded a Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium consisting of car company executives and fleet owners, and NGV suppliers in New Jersey. Mr. Alba was a founding partner of ATA, an IT Consulting company which is still active in Central and South America. After leaving the armed forces, Mr. Alba’s initial employee was the U.S. Defense Department as an analyst.

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