C-Tech’s relationship with Queens Technical High School began in 2002 with the implementation of the Network Cabling Programs for both Copper and Fiber Systems. Additional programs in Telecommunications, Audio/Video Systems and Energy Management Systems were added in subsequent years. To date, Queens Tech’s students have achieved over 1000 Industry Recognized Certifications through C-Tech.
Queens Tech was first established in the 1920s as a continuation school for individuals who needed an alternative pathway to formal education. Since its inception Queens Tech has been implementing innovative training programs that align with current technology and workplace needs of NYC. Queens Tech strives to enable each of its students to become college and career ready. Several of their graduates have returned to Queens Tech to become career and technical education teachers. One such teacher, Peter Beninati, traveled to C-Tech this October to become a Certified Instructor of the C-Tech programs.
“C-Tech provided me with the practical hands-on experience that I could relate to the real world, said Peter. I loved going home and making my own Ethernet cable to run around my house, based on what I learned from the C-Tech programs.”
Peter took the C-Tech Network Cabling for Copper Based Systems as a student in 2008 followed by Fiber Optics Based Systems in 2009. “C-Tech provided me with the practical hands-on experience that I could relate to the real world, said Peter. I loved going home and making my own Ethernet cable to run around my house, based on what I learned from the C-Tech programs.” His instructor was Trish Ramedo, who is also a C-Tech graduate turned career and technical educator. Trish recalls her experience working with C-Tech, “What C-Tech did was it brought in a new type of technology that kids can get to know in a new age.” Peter grew up in Queens and attended public school his entire life, he was attracted to Queens Tech because of his interest in computer repair but later shifted his interests to electronics and pre-engineering.
“What C-Tech did was it brought in a new type of technology that kids can get to know in a new age.”
Peter went on to NYC College of Technology achieving his Bachelor’s Degree in CTE Education before returning to Queens Tech in 2016 where he will be utilizing the C-Tech Programs in his electronic pre-engineering class. Peter expressed to us that “C-Tech offers my students practical hands-on experience with a strong curriculum behind it so students understand the theory behind the work. The industry recognized certification they receive gives them an impressive addition to their young resumes. My students are prepared to pursue entry level skilled labor careers in network cabling, electronic repair, or have a strong foundation to pursue a computer science/engineering degree.”