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DOE Announces Plans For Three More Career Technical Education High Schools

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It's one of the most popular new ideas in education, and it started in Brooklyn: a new type of high school that is opening all over the country and is now set to expand even more within the city. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.

In a few years, 2,000 city students will attend high schools that don't just have grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, but also grades 13 and 14.

The first of these schools opened in 2011 in Crown Heights. Two more open next month, and plans for more were announced on Thursday.

"I'm very excited to formally announce plans to launch three more 9 through 14 schools set to open in September of 2014," said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.

Each school is partnered with either a corporation, hospital or professional association. The idea is that students earn not just high school but also college degrees, prepared for careers in fields like science and technology.

"It is a reinvention of high school in America," said Stanley S. Litow of IBM. "It's an incredibly strong opportunity to figure out how we can do things differently."

It even came up in the State of the Union in February.

"Now, at schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York City public schools and City University of New York and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's degree in computers or engineering," President Barack Obama said during his address.

"I want to go to college, go to IBM to work, and I love computer programming," said Kiambu Gall, a student at P-Tech. "And a free associate's degree? Come on."

One of the schools opening this fall is Energy Tech in Queens, a partnership with Con Edison and National Grid. The other, called HERO, will work with Montefiore Medical Center to train health care professionals in the Bronx.

Two of the three opening in 2014 will be in Manhattan: one in collaboration with Microsoft and New York Presbyterian Hospital to train students in health care technology, and the other with the American Association of Advertising Agencies, prepping students for new media careers. The third school is planned for Queens, focused on information tech in partnership with SAP, a major company in that field.

"The 9 through 14 model offers an associates degree at no cost to our students and our families," Walcott said.

The DOE and CUNY have agreed to share the added cost.

Years before the first graduating class, the model is expanding rapidly, and not just in the city. Chicago opened five 9 through 14 schools last year, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing to open 10 statewide.

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