Congressman Tom Reed today voiced his support for a new initiative to better prepare New York students to enter the workforce. The initiative announced this week by Governor Cuomo's office is a public-private partnership with IBM, aimed at creating ten new public schools in New York State that will allow students to graduate with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science through a six-year program.
"This program will create schools that are better equipped to prepare New York students with high-tech skills in manufacturing, technology, health care and related IT fields," Reed said. "With high school, college and career training all in one place, our students will fill these in-demand positions and become innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators here in our state."
Ten schools are slated to be set up -- one for each of New York State's Regional Economic Development Councils. The 23rd district spans three Regional Councils: in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Western New York.
IBM will partner with the new schools to provide mentors, internships and help graduates transition into the workforce.
"I am glad to see New York advancing this initiative and look forward to working with the Governor to better prepare our students for the high-skills jobs of tomorrow," Reed continued. "Workforce development is key to our continued global competiveness."
Reed has been closely involved in a number of initiatives promoting jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields including voting this week for the STEM Congressional Competition program, his support of the STEM Jobs Act and his work as co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus.