Charter School for Applied Technologies

A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.  Dream it, Do it WNY educates high school students about the broad range of  careers available in the industry.

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About 200 community members turned up in a school auditorium in Watertown Thursday night in a showing of regional support for Fort Drum. The event was billed as a “listening session” for the Army, to inform a process of personnel cutbacks and reorganization currently affecting military installations around the country.  

A recent report claiming there are enough qualified Americans to work in the tech industry without  expanding current work visa programs, has drawn criticism.

On Wednesday the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) issued a report that undermined arguments proffered by the technology industry for additional guest workers to meet industry demand. 

The EPI argued its data shows there are more than enough workers in the U.S. with the appropriate STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - skills to fill the worker shortage. Those workers are just being displaced by the lower salaries of guest workers, the report says.

But the tech industry is calling the report's findings flawed.

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Central New York's congressman has marked his first 100 days back in office by laying out a blueprint for jobs and the economy.

Rep. Dan Maffei, a Democrat from the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt, returned to Congress this year after serving one term and then being ousted for one.

The unemployment rate for recent high school graduates has nearly doubled since the recession began, leaving almost a third of them without work, according to a report from an economic think tank.

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute found that 29.5 percent of recent high school graduates that aren't going on to college don't have a full time job. That's up from 17.5 percent in 2007, before the recession began.