Students Experience Skills - Become College & Career Ready
Houston, Texas: Galena Park Independent School District (GPISD) Career & Technical Education (CTE) students from North Shore Senior High School (NSSH) and Galena Park High School (GPHS) recently participated in the Regional SkillsUSA competition held at San Jacinto College Central. Over 30 GPISD students took part in Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice, and Welding events. The mission of SkillsUSA: “To empower students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens”. GPISD Career & Technical Education Director Laura Mann said, “Competitions such as Skills USA intrinsically motivate students to pursue their career interests, and inspire them to continuously improve their communication, interpersonal, teamwork and time management work skills.” Her words echo the thoughts of the CTE Department's mission of “Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow.”
Students in a number of CTE programs will represent Galena Park ISD in the upcoming SkillsUSA contest that will be held in Corpus Christi March 25 - 28.The students' projects will be judged, students will present and perform tasks in hopes of becoming the best in Texas. CTE competitions such as SkillsUSA ignite student's ambitions, allow them to define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study, and in turn gain employment that can help pay for tuition.
Instructors James Elliot, Damon Starr, Joseph Gaul, and Ken Fisher agree, whether students are applying to college or entering the workforce upon graduation, this type of experience will help them prepare for the future. In fact, many college-bound students are often able to gain employment because they have a competitive edge over non-CTE graduates.
Elizabeth Lalor, Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, added, “In GPISD, we strive to ensure our students graduate college and career ready; the benefits students receive by gaining not only a solid foundation in academics, but also hands-on technical experience and the ability to prove their know-how through competitions like that of Skills USA is invaluable and will ensure they are successful while pursuing their future career endeavors.”
Pictured: Replicas of the “Twin Sisters” cannons, built by the Galena Park High School welding class, will be on display at the state SkillsUSA competition March 25 - 28. (pictured l/r):Jose Perez; Dominic Gonzalez; Adrian Yado; Joseph Gaul, Instructor; Alberto Porras; Aldo Cortez; Samuelle Mendoza; and Erick Perez.
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