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U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Visit New York Harbor School on Governors Island

Visit to Spotlight President Obama’s Call for Strengthening Career-Tech Education

Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: February 22, 2013 11:15 am - 01:15 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School Friday on New York's Governors Island, showcasing the school's unique career technical education program. While at the school, Duncan will observe students building underwater robots, repairing a boat, practicing water rescues and even breeding oysters.

The tour follows President Obama's proposal in his State of the Union Address to strengthen America's federal investment in career and technical education to better align programs with the needs of employers and demands of higher education.

Located in the heart of New York Harbor and accessible only by ferry, the public Harbor School offers a distinctive, on-water learning experience for its students. They learn to build and operate boats, spawn and harvest millions of oysters, design submersible, remotely-operated vehicles, conduct real-life research, dive underwater and learn from experts in science and industry.

Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Dennis M. Walcott, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education
Ed Biederman, principal of the New York Harbor School
Murray Fisher, co-founder of the New York Harbor School
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, New York
What : Visit to the Urban Assembly’s New York Harbor School, showcasing the school’s unique career technical education program
When : Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
11:15 a.m. – Water taxi departs Manhattan.
12:30 p.m. – Press availability.
1-1:15 p.m. – Water taxi departs Governors Island for Manhattan.
Where : New York Harbor School, Governors Island, 550 Short Ave., New York
(Note: Reporters will board water taxi at Pier 16 of the South Street Seaport for the five-minute ride to Governors Island)