WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address for a Massachusetts high school, the latest in a string of honors for a school whose demographic and educational profiles make it a model of achievement.
Obama will speak to the Worcester Technical High School graduating class in a week devoted to his education policies. Obama has promoted programs that break from the traditional classroom format or that are designed to improve the nation's science and technology workforce.
Air Force One is expected to touch down in Worcester around 3:30 p.m. This is the only high school commencement address the president is scheduled to give this year. He reportedly reached out to the Worcester Tech principal in March. The White House said he selected it because the vocational school boosted its graduation rate to 95 percent and has put in place cutting-edge programs.
The Worcester school stands as an example of a triumph against the odds.
Six out of 10 students at the high school are underprivileged and qualify for free or reduced meals; two out of 10 have special needs. Last year, it was one of the Education Department's 286 national blue ribbon schools.