Latinos In Connecticut’s Technical Schools Graduating at Higher Rates

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Brian Woodman, Jr.
CTLatinoNews.com

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Latinos enrolled in the Connecticut’s technical school system are graduating at a higher rate than those in general schools and have a higher than general average rate of going on to college, according to the state’s new superintendent of the Technical High School System system, Dr. Nivea Torres.

Torres, who was appointed to the post by the state Board of Education in February and had previously served as the interim superintendent for the state’s 20 technical schools, credits the schools curriculum for its success.

“People have an antiquated view of technical schools,” she said. “We are providing a skilled, certified workforce.”

Kelly Donnelly, spokesperson for the CT Department of Education added that the emphasis on learning trades and putting education in a practical context provides unity at these schools that supersedes cultural differences, adding that the educational model provided at these schools is unique.

Donnelly said there were 36 occupational fields in which students could become certified while studying core subjects like writing and math at the technical high schools.

Torres said that while all the occupations were popular, students favored culinary arts, automotive repair and hairdressing; she said Latino students were consistent with this pattern.

Currently, in the technical school system…

(Featured Photo: Dr. Nivea Torres (left) and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman meet with students at a leadership conference at the Prince Technical School in Hartford.)

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