A local state lawmaker is continuing his push to get the State Department of Education to create a specialized technical diploma for high school students.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi was at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES today, where he was joined by area educators, students and labor representatives.

Brindisi's effort is called the 21st Century Education Initiative.

The Assemblyman says the CTE diploma would boost graduation rates and teach students the skills they need to attain manufacturing jobs like welding. plumbing and electrical work.

Brindisi will be delivering "Statements of Support" for his proposal signed by local educators to state education officials in Albany.

from Assemblyman Brindisi's Office