Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi continued his statewide campaign for a career and technical education diploma Tuesday, telling members of the state Senate Education Committee that creation of the new career pathway would help lower the drop out rate.
Brindisi unveiled his 21st Century Education Initiative on Sept. 9 at the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer BOCES, where he was joined by a coalition of school district and college officials, labor officials and students. He pledged to take the campaign on the road, and also urged supporters of the plan to sign a statement of support for creation of a career and technical diploma for high school students.
Brindisi has kept his promise to build support for the plan, including speaking to the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council in Cooperstown, and as a guest on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter.
“Today, you can look at help wanted listings and see where the need for workers is,” Brindisi, D - Utica, told members of the state Senate Education Committee at a public hearing in Syracuse. “Welders, master plumbers, electricians, machinists, manufacturers, computer network specialists ... and the list goes on.”
“At the same time, we still have a significant number of students who don’t finish school,” Brindisi continued. “I believe one of the ways to help lower the drop out rate is to offer an alternative graduation pathway-and that’s where the CTE Diploma comes in.”
Brindisi said the comments and support he’s receiving from the public has been a big help in crafting legislation to create the specialized diploma.