Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) recently joined his Minority colleagues at an education forum in the Hauppauge Legislative Auditorium to discuss high school diploma options that include opportunities for students on the career and vocational education tracks. “We need to clear the pathway for students who wish to pursue career and technical training by reinstating the career and technical education diploma that should have equal footing with the Regents Diploma,” said Fitzpatrick. “Highly-skilled workers like welders, machinists, electricians and other vocationally-skilled tradespeople are in high demand. Their skills are needed in the growing technology and manufacturing industries. New York should be supporting this, providing more of our young people with a solid career path in these sectors.”
Left: Paul Borowski of Hauppauge testifies at the public meeting.
Right: Advocates attend meeting held by Assembly Minority members on high school diploma options.