Mike Bloomberg stresses the importance of technical skills for the future job economy.
New York mayor Mike Bloomberg announced in his State of the City address that a new Software Engineering Academy will open its doors in September. The high school is funded by venture capitalist Fred Wilson and is a response to the growing career trend of tech start-up companies.
The Software Engineering Academy will be located in Union Square, a prime location and home to a growing tech community, including Yelp and General Assembly. Bloomberg explains that:
Those are the kinds of companies we want our students to work for or to start. And to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs in every field, we’ve launched a pilot program for 2,200 students who are developing business plans with other students around the world.
Bloomberg plans to open at least 12 new career and technical education schools in the next two years.