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SCA TRUSTEES ANNOUNCE SUMMER JOB PROGRAM FOR 500 CITY HIGHSCHOOLERS

SCA TRUSTEES ANNOUNCE SUMMER JOB PROGRAM FOR 500 CITY HIGHSCHOOLERS
 NEW YORK, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- At the monthly SCA Board of Trustees meeting held today, Schools Chancellor Joseph A. Fernandez and Meyer S. Frucher, the trustees of the School Construction Authority, announced a summer jobs program for public high school students, a major step in the institutionalization of a construction industry training program which will work in conjunction with the New York City Public Schools.
 In approving an unprecedented level of commitment by a public sector agency, the trustees directed that the program be funded to provide employment opportunities for 500 New York City public school students. In the past two years, only a limited program consisting of 30 public high school students was funded. These young people will be offered real world experiences in architecture, engineering, construction management and other construction related fields which cannot be easily replicated in the classroom.
 As in the past, the participants in the program will be reflective of what Mayor Dinkins so often refers to as the city's "gorgeous mosaic." Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor Dinkins have supported the agency's efforts to link job opportunities with the education of the students of the public school system.
 This will be phase I of a two-phase effort to provide opportunities for the public high school students of this city. Phase II will be a larger scale implementation of a vocational education program which will include the construction trades as recently called for by Board of Education President H. Carl McCall.
 Over the past year, staff of the SCA and the BOE have been at work designing a program and have had meetings with several union leaders in an effort to guarantee a viable financial future for the graduates of the public school system.
 In approving this action Chancellor Fernandez expressed the hope that other public work agencies would rise to the challenge and join in the efforts to provide hope and opportunity to the young people of this city.
 Trustee Frucher noted specifically that all of these actions would be taken while remaining fully cognizant of the very tight market conditions which presently exist in the construction industry. Neither of these initiatives will supplant any employment opportunities being counted on by the industry. The internship program is meant to be an educational experience for the students of the city of New York. The programs will be additive and funded at a level to be established by the Board of Education.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Dawkins of SCA, 718-472-8020/ CO: New York City School Construction Authority ST: New York IN: SU:


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