New York is set to launch the first statewide effort in the nation using an innovative school-to-career program.
More than 6,000 New York students are expected to join the program in 2014. It teaches high school students additional workplace skills with the help of mentors. The program continues through community colleges and graduates will be "first in line" for jobs at certain companies.
The participating schools are in Ballston Spa, Binghamton, Troy, Hudson Falls, Syracuse, Peru, Byron Bergen in Genesee County, Rochester, Lackawanna, North Rockland, Kingston, Newburgh, Gloversville, Peru, Yonkers and Uniondale.
The Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn is already operating as a national model.
An organizing meeting today will include state Education Commissioner John King and an IBM Corp. executive.
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