BROOKLYN - A program aimed at helping at-risk students in Brooklyn and the city is set to graduate its 5,000th student this month.

The ?Learning to Work? program offers students a combination of traditional academic teaching and job training, including paid internships. It is offered at a number of sites citywide, and it?s earning praise from city leaders.

?Chancellor Klein and his team at the Department of Education have done a superb job of offering thousands of these young people new opportunities and new hope,? said Mayor Michael Bloomberg during press conference touting the 2-year-old program.

The program focuses on providing small, individualized learning environments.

To be eligible for the program, students must be enrolled in one of the city?s GED programs, Young Adult Borough Centers or transfer high schools partnered with ?Learning to Work.?

To see full coverage of the press conference on graduation from Innovative Career Development Program, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra. - Related information:NYC Department of Education: Learning to Work Program