The proposal would create two new types of diplomas: a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics diploma, and a Career and Technical Education diploma. Both would focus on skills Schumer said would help young people compete in high-tech industries such as nanotechnology and biosciences.
“As upstate New York’s economy switches gears toward the advanced industries of the 21st century, we need our students and education system to keep pace,” Schumer said Wednesday in a media release.
New York state’s Regents diploma track is a valuable option for many students, but it’s not for everyone. For many high school students, the option of being able to focus on these other disciplines would be a highly valuable experience, and one that can help them find employment in an evolving marketplace.
We urge the Board of Regents to consider this proposal at its upcoming meetings, and to consider implementing these new degree programs in September.