Sam Houston MSTC
Plumbing and Pipes Trades teacher Raul Ortega has been named one of 50
finalists from across the nation for the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
Prize for Teaching Excellence.
The award, which
was started in 2017 by national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools founder Eric
Smidt, recognizes outstanding instruction in skilled trades in U.S. public high
licensed plumber, is entering his ninth year at Sam Houston MSTC. Ortega’s
hands-on classroom includes bathroom and kitchen simulators where students
learn to install fixtures and piping systems using curriculum from the National
Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER). Students enrolled in
the program also perform basic plumbing repairs for homeowners in the Sam
Houston MSTC community and learn directly from local employers who visit
Ortega’s classroom regularly to hire graduating seniors.
Editor’s Note: The HISD Board of Education is hosting a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 to gather feedback on beginning the process of becoming a District of Innovation, as designated by the TEA. More information can be found here.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education at
its virtual meeting on Thursday voted 7-2 in favor of a resolution to initiate
the process of designating HISD as a District of Innovation.
By adopting District of Innovation status, HISD could exercise greater local
control over decisions impacting positive educational outcomes for students.
The resolution approved by the Board of Education outlines specific exemptions
from state law that the district would seek, including:
HISD’s Career Readiness department will be hosting a virtual
townhall next week for high school seniors interested in entering the workforce
“Seniors to Success 2.0” will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 20 and will highlight career training programs and other career
opportunities for HISD seniors. Nearly 20 local employers, including Goodwill,
H-E-B and Allegiance Staffing, will be on hand to discuss interview strategies,
tips for success and current job openings with pay ranging from
$10-16 an hour.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday approved a comprehensive, districtwide facilities assessment designed to aid administrators as they prepare to address aging infrastructure across the district.
Facing more than $4.7 billion in deferred maintenance needs,
the assessment data will be used to drive the district’s response to
maintenance issues, safety concerns, student population growth, and building
capacity needs, as well vertical curriculum alignment and educational equity.
Coding helps students solve problems, use logic, and think creatively, and it gives them a foundation for success in 21st century careers. The activities in these three calendars for elementary, middle, and high school include lessons such as designing web pages with HTML, creating a virtual pet, developing interactive art, and even teaching a robot to make crepes.
Students interested in learning about career training programs and other career opportunities packed the HISD Educational Learning Center on Tuesday for the district’s second annual Ready to Work Career Fair hosted by HISD’s College and Career Readiness Department.
The Ready to Work Career Fair gave more than 700 HISD seniors from 30 high schools the opportunity to explore different career options through hands-on experiences and information sessions.
“What is so cool about today’s event is that it gives our students a chance to learn about career training programs,” Assistant Superintendent for College Readiness David Johnston said. “This is a special opportunity for those students who want to go and obtain a certificate or enter a workforce program.”
Moving carefully around his assigned aircraft, high school senior Christian Colon of Sterling Aviation High School diligently checked the fuel tank valve, cabin and wing flaps as part of the required pre-flight checklist prior to takeoff.
After two reschedules, a day filled with clear and sunny skies finally arrived for Colon to complete his first solo flight at the Pearland Regional Airport as the first among six students moving a step closer to receiving a pilot license.
Colon along with his peers are a part of Sterling’s long-standing aviation program, which allows students to graduate with an associate’s degree from Houston Community College, as well as a Level 1 pilot’s certification.
The Office of Strategy & Innovation has planned a variety of October events for the second annual College & Career Readiness (CCR) Month with the theme “Take Control: Explore. Design. Launch Your Future!”
CCR Month is a fun and creative way to engage students and introduce students to a variety of college and career options.
HISD’sCollege Readiness Department is visiting high schools all month and continuing through Nov. 15 to assist seniors and their parents fill out their applications for financial aid. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting many different types of financial aid for school, and finishing the FAFSA early is the best way to maximize college award packages.
As a young boy, Jorge Rubio, a sophomore at HISD’s Austin High School, idolized his father and dreamed of one day following in his footsteps. Now, thanks to a new CTE partnership, Jorge has a chance to live out his dream.
Jorge, along with 24 other students from Austin and Milby High Schools, participated in a commitment ceremony on Wednesday at HCC’s Southeast Campus for the district’s new dual credit, two-year construction certification program in partnership with MAREK, a specialty construction company.
“This opportunity means a lot to me and my parents,” Jorge said. “My dad is a construction worker and he is my inspiration.”