High school students train for technology jobs

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been pressing his idea of a "homegrown workforce" to feed New York City's tech industry, and it is one he is trying to foster in the city's public schools.

The Academy for Software Engineering, a high school in Manhattan devoted to computer science, opened in September, and the school received 1,400 applications for its next freshman class of 125.

Not a surprising showing to Gio Rascigno, 14, a current student.

"The world is pretty much dictated by computers and electronics, and you shouldn’t be ignorant about something that controls the world pretty much," he said.

Rascigno said he knew some code when he entered high school. But plenty of others did not. Any eighth grader can apply to the school, regardless of grades or computer science background, and students are chosen through a system similar to a lottery.

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