Career Education Center

448 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019 (212) 262-0818 Fax: (212) 262-1421

CEC's Profile



Career Education Center (CEC) is an alternative high school educational program servicing homeless students residing in temporary housing and/or educationally disadvantaged "at-risk" adolescents. The school is based on collaborations between the New York City Board of Education under the auspices of the Alternative H.S. and Programs superintendency, and community based organizations, Department of Labor, Division for Youth, Department of Homeless Services, ACS, and hospital settings.


CEC, whose administrative offices are located at 448 West 56 Street, New York City 10019 in the High School for Environmental Studies, provides educational services to 32 sites throughout New York City's five boroughs. It offers an exceptional high school parallel leading to a diploma and GED as well as vocational programs which provide a vehicle for transition to the world of work.


Enhancing the CEC academic offerings are student led multicultural conferences focusing on racism, sexism and homophobia; cultural arts immersion; student art and photography exhibits. CEC students regularly attend theatre, dance recitals, concerts and sporting events. Culinary arts, literacy programs, counseling and college advisement, as well as peer mediation skills in conflict resolution, further empower CEC students with viable, systematic, yet creative alternatives in becoming law abiding, hard working and productive citizens.

Career Education Center was one of the first eighty centralized New York City Board of Education programs to opt to participate in School Leadership Team. Through this initiative, our parents, working with CEC's PTA, are directly involved in decision-making processes relating to their children's education. Parent Involvement Programs are unique in that most CEC students are themselves parents. Workshops are presented on issues related to parenting, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect prevention and school governance