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Menino Will Outline Vocational School Reforms In Address

Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, will deliver his unprecedented 19th annual State Of The City address Tuesday night from Faneuil Hall.

This year, one of the mayor's priorities will be the transformation of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury.

Career training for Madison Park's 1,200 students ranges from cosmetology to Web development. The mayor wants to build more partnerships and change the school schedule so that students have more time for internships.

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Baez, a senior studying business marketing, already does that. He interns at a downtown Boston law office.

"It's a step in the door, you learn a lot of things about the legal field and just experience a lot of new things," Baez said.

As part of the overhaul, Menino will be seeking broad authority to make the school a job training institution for teenagers during the day and adults in the evening.

WBUR-FM will rebroadcast the address at 9 p.m.

This program aired on January 17, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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Delores Handy was formerly a host and reporter at WBUR.

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