Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DC embarks on training residents for "high-wage, high-demand" jobs

This from the mayor's comms staff:
Mayor Gray to Announce the Creation of Nine Career Academies in Partnership with the National Academy Foundation

WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Interim State Superintendent of Education Emily Durso, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) Chairman John "Skip" McKoy will announce the establishment of nine career academies designed to train District residents for high-wage, high-demand careers in the information technology, engineering, and hospitality industries. The academies will be housed in public schools.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Cardozo Education Campus
1200 Clifton Street NW (Note: General parking available at the former Meyer School entrance at 11th and Clifton Streets NW)

BACKGROUND: Mayor Gray and District officials will highlight the District’s Career and Technical Education Strategic Plan, note which DCPS and public charters schools will roll out the nine academies approved by the National Academy Foundation; and announce that all high schools will be able to offer Microsoft IT certification courses.

The Mayor will be joined by PCSB Executive Director Scott Pearson, Friendship Public Charter Schools Chairman and Founder Donald Hense, Workforce Investment Council (WIC) Executive Director Allison Gerber, University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) Dean of Workforce Readiness Kim Ford, members of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force, and industry partners.

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