125 Students Embark on 4-year Journey
Houston, Texas: It's coming – the first year for Galena Park ISD's Career and Technical Education Early College High School (CTE ECHS) is days away from opening. Beginning on August 24, 2015, 125 students will enter the new high school, located at the San Jacinto College North Campus, to begin earning a high school diploma along with an associate's degree or an industry certification.
“This is our first year of existence so everything here is a first – the first class, the first student council, the first 'first day.' We're making history here,“ said a very enthusiastic Dr. Hutchinson, CTE ECHS Principal. The planning process has been long, with many decisions to make along the way. “There's a lot that goes in to opening a new school. We had to register with the TEA (Texas Education Agency). We had to pick school colors and a mascot. (The students voted on school colors and the mascot. They chose blue and silver for their colors and the lion as their mascot.) Then we interviewed and hired staff, and on and on.” Hutchinson said. Understandably he is excited to hear the students roar into action on the first “official” day of school; although he has already had opportunities to meet his students. On August 11-12, the students attended “Lion” Camp, an on campus orientation so the students could familiarize themselves with the campus and expectations for the school year. Hutchinson describes CTE ECHS students as drug free, hard workers who are eager and willing to learn and committed to their future.
Pictured: Students, teachers and administrators of the GPISD CET ECHS gathered at San Jacinto College North for Lion Camp.
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