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ROBERT COY APPOINTED TO EDUCATION POST FOR APPRENTICESHIPS

 ROBERT COY APPOINTED TO EDUCATION POST FOR APPRENTICESHIPS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- State Education Secretary Donald M. Carroll today announced that Robert Coy, 36, director of the Office of Technology Development in the Department of Commerce, will become Special Assistant for Apprenticeship in the Department of Education.
 "Pennsylvania and the nation face the challenge of preparing young people for the world of work in the 21st century," Carroll said. "Youth apprenticeships create a direct connection between school and work, greatly expanding the opportunities for students not planning to go on to college."
 In the newly created position, Coy will develop and promote apprenticeship programs, improve ongoing programs, coordinate interagency activities and help monitor and analyze programs to ensure they meet the needs of students, communities and the Commonwealth. He also will review and make recommendations to the secretary on current and proposed laws, regulations, standards and practices relative to apprenticeship programs.
 Pennsylvania 2000, a business/education partnership created by Gov. Robert P. Casey in August, is studying expansion of youth apprenticeship programs statewide.
 The Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program, administered by the state departments of Commerce, Education and Labor and Industry, currently operates pilot projects in four regions and is expected to serve 150 students this fall.
 The projects involve four-year youth apprenticeships that teach students manufacturing and service skills while they earn a high school diploma. Students gain skilled worker status and may earn up to two years of college credit.
 Prior to joining the Commerce Department three years ago, Coy was special advisor to the Secretary of Labor and Industry and director of that department's Office of Policy, Planning Evaluation, responsible for overseeing the Benjamin Franklin Partnerships and Industrial Resource Centers, two of Pennsylvania's innovative technology assistance programs.
 He also was with the Pennsylvania Milrite Council for six years, including three as executive director.
 Coy received a master of arts in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts in labor economics and industrial relations from Penn State University. A native of Chambersburg, he makes his home in Dauphin.
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