As City Prepares to Redouble Focus on Career and Tech Programs, Fariña Names New Leader

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Students at Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School. ( Photo by Jessica Glazer )

The longtime principal of “Coop Tech” is the city’s new head of career and technical education.

John Widlund is well-versed in the city’s programs mixing practical skills and academics, having started teaching electrical installation at just 19 years old through an apprenticeship program. Twenty years later, and after a seven-year stint leading the School of Cooperative Technical Education, he will be overseeing CTE programs citywide Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the teachers union have all promised to ramp up their support.

“One hundred and twenty thousand kids each year are touched by our CTE programs,” de Blasio said in June, “and we are going to strengthen them and we are going to make them available to even more.”

Read more about it here.

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