About the Commission
The Graphic Arts Educational Advisory Commission is part of the Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education, a group chartered by New York State education law to advise the Department of Education on the development, administration and evaluation of policies and programs relating to Career and Technical Education.
HIGH LEVEL NETWORKING
For decades, the members of the Graphics Commission have been drawn from the major figures in the business community in New York: company founders, presidents and key executives as well as business journalists, investors, analysts and academics. Their strategic collaboration and wide-spread networks of contacts have kept classrooms and curricula relevant in the face of the revolutionary changes that have transformed the graphic arts.
Working closely with teachers and administrators from the Department of Education and educators from post-secondary institutions, the Commission meets four to six times per year in addition to special events like the Citywide Graphic Arts Competition and the Graphic Teachers Technology Conferences.
Members discuss current problems and solutions in schools that offer Career & Technical Education in graphic arts subjects, make connections with teachers and principals who need equipment, expertise or contacts, and develop strategies for the future of digital graphics education.
Our most satisfying efforts are the ones that directly help students and teachers during the school year, but some of our most important work involves long term advocacy and activism to ensure that CTE programs gets the attention, the funding and the respect they deserve.
Overall, CTE kids come from tough backgrounds – lower incomes, lower test scores, generally at risk – but they graduate more often and get better Regents test results than the general high school population. A New York City CTE student takes all five Regents exams that a regular student gets PLUS an extra 10 to 18 credits of specialized tech training plus a technical assessment exam. A lot of the graphics careers they pursue require pretty good academic skills, and many need some college time or other post secondary coursework.