NEW YORK — A U.S. Senate appropriations committee has approved $150,000 for the Urban Assembly New York Harbor H.S. to help open career opportunities for youths in the maritime industry, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced.
Located in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, the school offers its 420 students a career path built upon New York City’s maritime experience, Gillibrand said. The grant will be used to attract students from nearby Queens to maritime jobs, she added.
“During these tough economic times, we need to continue investing in environmental education to prepare our students for the new green economy,” Gillibrand stated. “We must continue to support programs that are creating the next generation of environmentalists by giving children a hands-on education that connects them with the environment.”
The senator, who is from upstate New York, said the school offers maritime career training programs using the latest maritime technology and a rigorous maritime based curriculum. Her announcement of the grant approval said she aggressively lobbied the Appropriations Committee to approve the funds.
Gillibrand said the school’s curriculum includes marine technology, commercial diving, coastal piloting and seamanship, marine engineering, scuba diving and fisheries management. In 2010, the school will relocate to Governors Island, which is located in the heart of New York’s harbor, she said.
The appropriations bill containing the grant for the Brooklyn school must now be approved by the full Senate and then go to President Barack Obama for consideration.
For more information on the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, visit http://www.newyorkharborschool.org/.