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A diploma geared for work-ready students

April 4, 2014

In every high school’s graduating class, there is a population of students who want to join the workforce rather than to spend more time in school....

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Apr-05-14 8:08 AM

Career and Technical education students are more than capable of earning a Regents Diplomas just like the rest of the students in NYS. What benefits a CTE student when they graduate is a Regents Diploma as well as a certification in a career field. Take for example the student who earns his or her NYS Certification as a nurse assistant. Many wish to go on to earn a degree in nursing, therefore they still need the rigor of an academic program to be successful in college. It is very antiquated and demeaning to students who attend CTE programs that they are not college material. This is far from from truth. Many of these students want to continue their education upon graduating from high school and are very successful in their pursuits. What these students do leave high school with is a step up on a career and work skills as well as an academic program.

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Apr-04-14 11:13 PM

Amazing idea that has already been implemented in many states. Kids in our county run district (one elected Superintendent earning $135k and one 6 member elected school board overseeing multiple schools with a student population of near 90,000) can graduated high school with a medical assisting certificate, dental assistant, cosmetology certificate, mechanics, building trades including carpentry, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, etc...These programs have been instrumental in lowering the dropout rate, and significantly.

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Apr-04-14 2:24 PM

Another no-brainer, but will Albany i.e. State Ed. do it? Probably only if Pearson can write the exam. Astorino for Govenor.

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