Currently the school offers young adults ages 16 through 21 the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. Beginning this school year, Borough President Oddo has helped orchestrate a “re-envisioned” Concord HS through new partnerships with Coop Tech, Adult Education, and the development of a Young Adult Borough Center (YABC), in order to offer all residents of the community additional pathways to continue their education.
“Concord High School has always been a unique member of our educational community,” said Borough President Oddo, “and the enrichments being announced today represent a quantum leap in what they can provide to those young men and women – and adults - in such dire need of programs like these.”
“It is so gratifying,” he continued, “that together, Borough Hall and the Department of Education are creating opportunities for all residents of Staten Island.”
Since its redesign in 2002, Concord High School has successfully assisted thousands of young adults to become successful by earning their high school diploma, providing a warm, caring and welcoming environment for all students and families. The school also provides students with an opportunity to research college and career pathways and offers career internships to become better prepared for the workforce.
The School of Cooperative Technical Education is a citywide program that offers students hands-on training in a variety of in-demand, cutting-edge trade areas. Coop Tech serves approximately 1,500 students, 17 to 21 years of age and who represent a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, or as post-graduates who have already obtained a high school diploma or high school equivalency.
The program features a carpentry course teaching basic residential and commercial construction skills, such as blueprint reading, proper use of hand and power tools, mill work, building, framing and finishing. The course utilizes geometry, measurement, and all aspects of cost and estimating, as well as the opportunity to receive their 30 Hour Construction OSHA certification.
Additionally, advertising and design courses teach students about all aspects of design, and the concepts and process of using various Adobe programs to build a professional portfolio of their work.
The career and technical education (CTE) programs help students enter into union jobs and encourages transition into college and post-secondary programs. Coop Tech currently has agreements with various CUNY schools across the five boroughs.
Concord will also begin offering students who need additional credits or have daytime adult responsibilities the opportunity to attend the Concord Young Adult Borough Center (YABC). This will allow community members the opportunity to earn a high school diploma by attending school in the late afternoon and evening. There will also be a new Adult Education program which may open the door to college or other career aspirations.
Adult community residents will also be able to benefit through a new Adult Education program. This program offers adults the opportunity to take the TASC Exam and earn their High School Equivalency. Adults can use their High School Equivalency to improve their quality of life by opening the door to college and additional career aspirations.
“Over the years Concord High School has served students who needed it the most with a wonderfully caring, supportive, and rigorous academic program,” said Paul Rotondo, Superintendent of Citywide Transfer High Schools. “Today, under the leadership of Borough President Oddo and the NYC DOE, we see Concord High School once again transform itself to meet the ever-growing needs of our children on Staten Island...both students and adults may now take part in comprehensive programs and classes that promote success in college and careers.”