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City schools struggling to keep vocational programs afloat after abrupt funding cut

January 13, 2020

For the 130 students in the business program at Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island, the opportunity to design and run their own company has been life-changing.

The students are part of a class called Virtual Enterprise – a four-year high school business curriculum where students learn industry skills by creating a mock company. The course is offered in dozens of schools across the city through the Education Department’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) office.

“It’s such a great experience — there’s nothing like it,” said 17-year-old senior Sukhraj Singh, who was part of a team that won first place in a citywide competition last year, plans to study business, and recently received a college scholarship from a mentor he met through the course.

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