WORCESTER (AP) — Saluting graduates as they leave the safety of high school behind, President Barack Obama held up a revitalized technical school in New England on Wednesday as a model for the United States as the nation works to prepare youngsters for a global workforce that’s more competitive than ever.
At Worcester Technical High School, Obama praised students and teachers alike for giving more than just “lip service” to the idea of skills-based education. He said the graduates were finishing senior year knowing how to run a restaurant, fix a computer or manage a household — skills that he said would let them begin their careers right away.
“I want the entire nation to learn from Worcester Tech,” the president said.
Sixteen years ago, the Worcester campus was so outdated it was nearly shut down. Obama touted the school’s remarkable transformation into a school with a demographic and educational profile that makes it a model of achievement.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports