Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit, and Rochester City Schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas hosted New York State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. and Regent Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch for a tour of Rochester’s 540-student Robert Brown High School of Construction & Design at the Edison Campus, where a Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum may provide a model for state-wide education policy.
“The students at the Robert Brown School are receiving an invaluable education, in which traditional classes in math, science and social studies are matched by practical applications in architecture, masonry, home construction and other trades that will provide a path to well-paying jobs in the future,” said Morelle, who sits on the Assembly’s committee on higher education. “A new diploma concept based on what happens here would be very good for New York’s students and economy.”
"The goal of the Regents reforms is to make sure every student graduates from high school with the skills to succeed in college or at work," King said.
"It's vital for our students' future, and our state's future. If New York is going to compete in the global economy, we need to replicate programs like the Brown School. It's a great example of a CTE program that lets students build the skills the workplace is looking for."
“We recognize that it is ultimately our responsibility to educate our students, but we cannot do it alone,” Vargas said. “Our partnership with UNICON was fundamental to the development of the Robert Brown School of Construction and Design. We are proud to showcase this school with the help of our local delegation and Commissioner King.”