December 10, 2009

Gillibrand: Congress Set To Give Final Approval For $150,000 To Help Steer Brooklyn Youth Towards NYC's Waterways

Federal Dollars Will Give Public High School New Maritime Programs, Marine Technology

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Congress is set to give final approval  for $150,000 to the Urban Assembly New York Harbor High School. Funding will be used to steer Brooklyn students towards a maritime career using the latest marine technology and a rigorous maritime-based curriculum. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"During these tough economic times, we need to continue investing in environmental education to prepare our students for the new green economy," said Senator Gillibrand, a mother of two young sons. "We must continue to support programs that are creating the next generation of environmentalists by giving children a hands-on education that connects them with the environment."

Located in Bushwick, Brooklyn and home to more than 420 students, the Urban Assembly New York Harbor High School is designed to successfully prepare students towards a career path built upon New York City's maritime experience. The school's curriculum covers a broad range of sectors including Marine Technology, Commercial Diving, Coastal Piloting and Seamanship, Marine Engineering, and Scuba Diving and Fisheries Management. In 2010, the school will relocate to Governor's Island, located in the heart of New York's harbor.

New York Harbor High School will use the $150,000 federal investment to improve its comprehensive curriculum through technology upgrades and its internship program which pairs students with professionals in their chosen field.

The House and Senate have each passed their version of the appropriations bill, and today Senator Gillibrand announced that the funding was included in the final, combined version.