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For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 6, 2000
Contact:Darrell S. Pressley, 781-338-3126

Local Non-Profit Honored in National Commission on 21st Century Skills Report

Malden - Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll announced today that the Youth Tech Entrepreneurs (YTE) program, which gives high school students opportunities to apply their technology and entrepreneurial skills to community projects, has been cited as a national model for its work in combining technology, community service, and entrepreneurship education in public schools.

In a June report by the 21st Century Workforce Commission entitled, A Nation of Opportunity: Strategies for Building America's 21st Century Workforce, YTE's program, "In-School Business Model," which teaches students technology skills and employs these students to maintain and upgrade computer networks in schools and other local public institutions, was highlighted. The report notes that programs such as YTE serve not only the students and schools but also benefit taxpayers because these in-school IT teams often reduce the cost of setting up and maintaining school system computer networks.

Commissioner Driscoll said, "I am pleased with YTE's recognition in this report. This is a national model that reflects the innovation that is taking place in Massachusetts public education."

The Commission was established by Congress to review the information technology workforce around the country. The Commission was charged with studying and recommending to the President and Congress how best to ensure that American workers have the opportunity to prepare for and succeed in the IT jobs of today and tomorrow.

The findings and recommendations of the 21st Century Workforce Commission emphasize the success of programs such as YTE, that utilize partnerships among schools, businesses and government agencies. According to the report, the current and future health of America's 21st Century economy depends directly on how broadly and deeply Americans reach a new level of literacy that includes strong academic skills, along with thinking, reasoning and, teamwork skills, and proficiency in using technology.

Established in 1997, YTE prepares high school students for leadership and further education by helping them become computer teachers, technicians, and entrepreneurs in service to their community. In 2000, YTE will be in place in nine school districts, including Burlington, Concord-Carlisle, Everett, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynn, Malden, Medford, and Waltham.

For more information on the YTE program, call the Massachusetts Department of Education at 781-338-3300.

Last Updated: July 6, 2000
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