(WKTV) Not everyone is cut out for academics and college life, but that doesn't mean they can't earn a good living.
That's the theory a local state assemblyman is advancing as he fights to create a career and technical education diploma in New York's high schools.
It's similar to a regents diploma, except it would involve course work in the trades or IT fields in preparation of Nano Utica.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says the need is out there in the workforce, and he's trying to equip local high school students to fill that need.
"What we're finding in New York State over the next five to 10 years is most of the jobs are going to be in what's called 'middle skills' jobs," Brindisi said. "Jobs that require more than a high school diploma, but less than four-year degree, so they're advanced manufacturing."
Brindisi and members of the state education committee will host a public hearing on this at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The meeting is open to the public and will be at the State Office Building in downtown Utica.