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Opening up students’ eyes to a world of opportunity

2013 February 26

At HISD, our single most-important task is preparing young people for college and careers. In both cases, a big part of that job revolves around increasing student awareness. Some kids don’t realize that with all of the resources available, secondary education isn’t just a dream, while others simply haven’t been exposed to all of the career possibilities out there.

That’s why HISD held its annual Career and Technical Education showcase (now known as the ‘When I Grow Up’ Expo) last Saturday, and I am pleased to report that hundreds of students and their families came to learn more about the many exciting opportunities that await them.

HISD has been offering specialized instruction in a number of areas for years, such as automotive technology, culinary arts, and agriculture, but the launch of six academies last fall is helping even more students get a head start on their careers.

Students who complete one of those four-year programs can graduate with a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree, plus valuable industry credentials that can lead to rewarding careers in high-growth technical fields such as engineering, pharmacology, and computer networking.

The college credits earned by these students can also be transferred to any public Texas university, saving them money and time if they choose to forego an immediate career to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

I am excited to see so many young people taking advantage of these opportunities, and I look forward to hearing more about how our students have benefitted from them.

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