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Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology Opens

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The Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (CAAT) opened its doors on Sept. 8, 2009. The academy is the result of an effort to fill the need for skilled IT workers and tech-savvy executives at Chicago companies and within city government.

"We want to see our graduates getting great jobs, then going into management, going into ownership of companies, starting new companies and driving the creation of the new kinds of businesses that we'll see in our future," says Matt Hancock, executive director of the Center for Polytechnical Education, a nonprofit that's operating CAAT.

The school will train students in multiple science and engineering subjects, including robotics, computer programming, biotechnology and Web development — along with the conventional subjects that are required by state law. CAAT graduates will leave the school with various IT certifications, industry experience and know-how before they ever step foot inside a university classroom.

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