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In some respects, the senior class at Chicago Tech Academy is no different from soon-to-be-graduates of other public high schools. The 70 seniors (the school’s first since the academy debuted in 2008) have asked a Top 40 personality to speak at their graduation ceremony, and they are thinking about doing a goofy dance before they walk onto the stage to accept their diplomas.

The comparisons mostly end there. These inner-city seniors will take with them something that only a small percentage of students acquire in high school: deep skills in computer coding and a strong sense of career direction thanks to internships and other close contact with tech-company personnel.



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