Saturday, December 15, 2007

Should Auto Mechanics be Scholars too?

"Yes," says Melissa Silberman, principal of Automotive High School in Brooklyn, NY, who has added AP classes to the automotive curriculum. Silberman is determined to reinvent Automotive High School as an institution that produces both great techs and scholars.

When Silberman got to Automotive High School, 80% of the entering freshmen class was reading below grade level. The school's library could only accommodate 20 students at one time. Silberman has relocated the library to a more spacious sunny classroom space that sends a clear message that academic success is as important as success in vocational training. The college center has also been relocated to a new central location that promotes a college education beyond the Automotive High School.

Learn more at:
Vassar Alumni stories
NY Times article - Vocational School Aims for Mechanics Who Can Write
H.S. 610 Automotive Career and Technical Education High School

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