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Report Recommends Vocational Schools Overhaul

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has released a report that recommends a major overhaul of the city's 21 vocational schools. It says technical schools haven't been meeting industry demands for highly skilled employees, and have been seen as a dead end by students.

The report's recommendations include: integrating academics with internships and hands-on experience, developing partnerships with industry to ensure that technical school programs remain relevant, and seeking private donations for pilot programs.

Mike Mulgrew of the United Federation of Teachers says career and technical schools are critical for the city's various industries that seek to hire students with specific skills.

MULGREW: It works for the City of New York because it's a major component of the economic development of New York City. So it works for the community, and it works for the students, so it's a win-win.

REPORTER: About 30,000 students are currently enrolled in the city's vocational schools.

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