Bloomberg announces another tech school as part of his vocational ed. push

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Carnegie Mellon will open its fourth new applied sciences program, the Integrative Media Program, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in August 2015, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday.

Bloomberg has made vocational, particularly technical education, a top priority of his education agenda; he announced a $1.6 million contribution from AT&T to expand software curricula in city schools just last week

The Integrative Media Program is the fourth winning project of the New York City Economic Development Corporation's (N.Y.C.D.E.C.) Applied Sciences NYC Initative.

With its creative focus, the new project is somewhat of a departure from the three existing programs; a Cornell science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, an N.Y.U. applied sciences center in Downtown Brooklyn, and a Columbia center for data sciences and engineering. 

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The Integrative Media Program "will focus on research and education in film, gaming, social media and big data, interactive computing, performing and visual arts, and urban planning," according to the Mayor's Office. 

It will be funded by a $3.5 million contribution from the city, and an unspecified "multi-million dollar anonymous gift" from Carnegie Mellon. The program will graduate 40 students and ten visiting students annually. 

The total economic impact of the Applied Sciences NYC Initiative is now estimated at $33.2 billion over thirty years.