Palmesano pitches technical diploma

David J. Valesky

April 17, 2014

By James Post Mar. 23, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

ALBANY | Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, is co-sponsoring a bill that would create a new technical diploma in New York state.

The bill, “The 21st Century Education Initiative,” was created by State Sen. David J. Valesky, D-Oneida, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica.

It would create a new educational track through the Board of Regents that would culminate in a Career and Technical Education diploma.

Palmesano said the program would allow high school students to continue their apprenticeships after graduation, or choose to attend a college, university or technical institution for additional training.

“This common-sense measure will give students the skills to meet the growing needs of employers in the manufacturing and technical career fields,” he said.

He cited reports indicating the number of middle-skill, technical jobs will increase by 17.5 percent between 2010 and 2020

“It is imperative that we find innovative ways for students to develop the skills to be competitive in the new, global economy,” Palmesano said.