A program designed for high school students and adult residents of city housing projects is preparing graduates for the well-paying New York construction industry and has placed 750 in apprenticeship training since 2001. The program is strict, with one unexcused absence resulting in dismissal, but students who take three hours of classes weekly in the spring and seven hours a day for a month in the summer, move to the front of long waiting lists for construction apprenticeships.

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