GPISD Continues Focus of Producing College and Career Ready Graduates
Houston, Texas: Because of their continuing commitment to cultivating college and career ready graduates, the Galena Park ISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) program hosted its second semi-annual District Advisory Committee meeting of the school year on February 24, 2016. Participants included business and industry members, CTE instructors, and student and parent representatives.
Partnerships with local businesses and industry are an important part of the program's success. Through the partnerships, students receive access to valuable insights and services such as: feedback regarding current and changing business and industry needs; guest speakers and hands on demonstrations; facility tours; and donated materials for project based learning. Laura Mann, Director of Career & Technical Education stated, “Approximately 150 CTE students are interning with business and industry partners in positions closely related to their chosen career pathway. These internship opportunities are directly aligned with the mission of our program, to prepare highly skilled, adaptable, creative, and equipped college and career ready students who are successful in the global market place.” Mann also introduced new CTE program partners, who included Dr. Deborah Burns of Beltway Animal Hospital, Cajun Industries, LLC, Turner Industries, Lincoln Electric, and Paul Mitchell.
Committee members were challenged to refine each program's curriculum by reviewing certifications currently offered to students and aligning classroom instruction not only with Texas college and career-readiness standards, but also with the present-day needs of business and industry. Laura Mann noted, “Whether students decide to enter the workforce upon graduation or attend a post-secondary institution, we want our graduates to have a competitive edge. The feedback from business and industry serves to ensure our goals are aligned with our vision and mission.” The committee members took the task to heart and enthusiastically planned how best to provide students with a curriculum that would effectively integrate academic and technical content along with strong employability skills. In addition, participants developed a series of work-based learning experiences that will enable students to connect and apply classroom instruction with work shadowing and internship opportunities.
The GPISD CTE program is actively seeking new business and industry partnerships. For more information on how to partner with GPISD, or hire a student, please contact Dr. Melissa Botkin at email@example.com or 281-635-4550.
Pictured: Instructors, students, parents and business and industry partners meet to discuss how best to produce students who are college and career ready.
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