Ny High Schoolers May Be Able To Count Culinary Construction Classes Toward Graduation

05.21.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Students in New York could soon count classes in construction, culinary arts, and engineering toward their graduation requirements. The Board of Regents is considering a plan that would allow kids to forego some traditional subjects so they can study things they're more passionate about. The board will host a panel discussion tomorrow on proposed changes to the diploma requirements. As it stands now, students must pass 5 regents exams to graduate, including ones in English, History, Geography and Math. Yet 41-percent of students in the nation say they aren't ready for college. Under this new plan, they would be able to pick from a list of classes outside school to count toward their diplomas, and in some programs, students could graduate from high school with professional certificates they could use to work immediately. The first panel discussion on this plan will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Brighton.