Mayor Daley welcomes students back to class

January 5, 2010 6:12:31 AM PST
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley welcomed Chicago Public Schools students back to school Monday after their holiday break. He also joined public schools officials to announce a restructuring of the CPS career and technical education programs.

Two hundred fifty non-standardized career programs will be reorganized into 80 "college and career academies" at 35 high schools over the next seven years.

The first 30 college and career academies will open in 11 high schools in the fall.

"In today's economy, it's essential we graduate students with the skills they to go directly into a good job. I mean directly into a good job and long term career," said Mayor Daley.

Also, for the first time, a citywide application process will allow students to access career programs outside their own neighborhoods.