US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits Ella T. Grasso school | #education | #technology | #training

GROTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona paid a visit to Groton Friday where he toured a technical high school whose curriculum he championed as a model for schools across the country.

Joined by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut, the Biden Administration cabinet member stopped first at the Thames River Magnet before meeting with students and staff at Ella T. Grasso Technical School.

“It’s still the exception, not the norm,” Cardona said of the technical training offered at Grasso.

“We have to start thinking about what career and technical education options we give to our students at all high schools and the jobs are there  — with the infrastructure bill there are going to be more…high skilled, high paying jobs that are available that we need to make sure we are preparing our students for,” added Cardona.

With an enrollment drawing from 24 surrounding cities and towns, Ella T. Grasso offers an integrated curriculum based around training targeting 12 specific technologies including metal fabrication, Information Technology, and welding and ship-fitting.

The school also provides programs for adults seeking job training opportunities to develop new skills and switch career paths.

“This is an example of what we want to see across the country but we have beautiful facilities working not only with our K-12 students but with our adults after school — like these technical schools having a second shift, if you will, to provide opportunities for those who are looking to re-skill, those who want to get jobs,” Cardona said.

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