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State and Buffalo school leaders are moving forward with a plan to convert Burgard High School into a career hub for students interested in advanced manufacturing.

The Buffalo school board is expected to sign off on the final agreement at its meeting tonight.

The plan, which was unveiled in December as part of the Buffalo Billion, calls for creating a partnership with Alfred State College that will enable students to graduate within five years with both high school career certification and an associate degree in manufacturing-related fields.

Students would be able to study fields such as auto technology, welding and machine tool technology. The school is slated to open in the fall.

It is estimated that there will be more than 17,000 vacancies in local advanced manufacturing jobs in Western New York between now and 2020.

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