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Yonkers Trade School Education and Certification

Saunders Trade and Technical High School
Saunders Trade and Technical High School

According to the National Student Clearinghouse “Mechanic and repair trade programs saw an enrollment increase of 11.5 percent from spring 2021 to 2022. Enrollment in construction trades courses increased by 19.3 percent, while culinary program enrollment increased 12.7 percent, according to the Clearinghouse. Meanwhile, enrollment at public two-year colleges declined 7.8 percent, and enrollment at public four-year institutions dropped by 3.4 percent, according to the Clearinghouse.”

How is the Yonkers School District addressing this trend in America?

Yonkers School District needs to expand the trade and Culinary programs. The City government along with the Board of Education and our trade schools need to strategize on how to assist our students who may want to enter the trades program.

The City of Yonkers needs to increase funding to Saunders Trades and Technical High School, so that more students may certify to work in the trades.

The City of Yonkers needs to expand the apprentice programs with all City of Yonkers Trade Unions.

The City of Yonkers is continuing to experience a renaissance among the oligarchy of our City. The time has arrived to have our young Latino/a talented men and women enter the trades and participate in todays “Guilds.”

“More young people who are choosing trade school over a traditional four-year degree say that they are doing so because it’s much more affordable and they see a more obvious path to a job.” National Student Clearinghouse.

There are 24,000 students in the Yonkers Public School System. The racial composition of students in Yonkers City School District is 60% Hispanic, 17% of students are Black, 15% of students are White, 5% of students are Asian, 2% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are American Indian.

We need to reach out to these students and offer them a comprehensive trades program, so that those that do not want to attend college at this point in their lives have options available to them.

Yonkers City Hall you can do better!!



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