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.

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