Potential cut to program at Bronx trade school prompts pushback

Former and current students told News 12 Saturday that the school allows students who come from underprivileged areas of the Bronx to accel in trades when the graduate.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2020, 2:02 AM

Updated 1,365 days ago

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The future of the plumbing program at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy in Melrose is in danger of being cut.
Former and current students told News 12 Saturday that the school allows students who come from underprivileged areas of the Bronx to accel in trades when the graduate.
"I was able to give my family a different life,” says Sunelly Olivares Marte, a former student. “I was able to help my mom out. I'm able to see my sister through college.”
"If we are going to talk about Black Lives Matter…it's about jobs and job creation and making sure people out of school have an absolute opportunity to live the NYC dream," says program mentor Landon Dais.
City officials and program leaders are calling on the Department of Education and the school to reconsider the potential shutdown.
 
 


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