Rising sophomores get tips from former Futures Academy students and EMERGE fellows
The journey from high school to college to a career can be challenging, but HISD’s Futures Academy is helping students develop the skills they’ll need to get there.
The Summer Bridge Program is arming rising high school sophomores with critical knowledge in the areas of time management, team building, communication, and money management. Four sessions are scheduled for June and feature classes taught by Futures Academy and EMERGE alumni.
“One way we thought this message would resonate with students is by having former HISD Futures Academy and EMERGE students returning from their first year in college lead the sessions,” said Michael Love, assistant superintendent of the Futures Academy. “This allows the students to learn directly from peers who recently walked the same hallways as them.”
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Scarborough High School students tour the Houston ISD data center, March 12, 2014. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)
In today’s digital world, the value of technical computer know-how cannot be overstated.
That’s why HISD is giving students a leg-up in that industry by offering classes in networking and computer administration through the Futures Academy at Scarborough High School.
Scarborough is one of eight district campuses offering a specialized course of instruction designed to give students a strong foundation in traditional subject matter, as well as the technical knowledge they need to land jobs in high-demand fields right after graduation.
Arthur Wilson, UPS South Texas division manager, and Trey Wyre, Katy branch manager, told the students about their educational and career paths on Jan. 16. They also offered insights into the company and the careers it offers in a field that’s expected to grow by 22 percent in the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median salary in the field is more than $80,000.
Sterling Futures Academy students can earn an associate’s of applied science degree along with their high school diploma and industry certifications, and are exposed to information and opportunities in the logistics and global supply workforce as part of their education.
Both UPS representatives told Futures educators that they would be interested in helping to mentor Sterling students.
Challenging program lets students work in the field, earn college credit
The Futures Academy of Petroleum Engineering Technology at Furr High School is preparing students to pursue college degrees in fields such as engineering and business administration at four-year universities.
The academy was designed to train students to work as engineering technicians in the downstream and midstream petroleum industry. Students complete coursework in areas such as hydrocarbon safety, oil exploration and drilling and receive career training as part of a partnership with the Houston Community College and companies in engineering.
When America’s first confirmed case of Ebola was diagnosed last month in Dallas, many Houstonians sat up and took notice, as that north-Texas city is located only about 240 miles away.
But students at HISD’s Jones Futures Academy have turned their alarm into action by launching a “Wipe Out” campaign to collect hand sanitizer, bleach, antibiotic wet wipes, gloves, and antibacterial soaps for shipment to Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries in Africa.
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