Career-based programs prove successful to Dallas ISD students

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By Jaime Resendez
District 4 Trustee

The Dallas Independent School District’s (Dallas ISD) mission is to educate all kids. Simply put, that is what we do. As an education advocate, we must ensure our students are positioned for success when they enter the real world.

Dallas ISD’s Career and Technical Education program is a way to further explore a career field. Not only do students receive high school credit for courses under the CTE umbrella, but they also get hands-on experience in a given career field of interest. District 4 is home to some of these career pathways.

But even better, the number of career certifications received by Dallas ISD students has increased by more than 3,500 percent over the last six years. That’s exciting! Between 2009–2010 and 2015–2016, the number of career certifications received by Dallas ISD students rose from 177 to 6,438. This news suggests our programs do work to prepare students for a given career field of interest, if we continue to tap into students’ interests.

Earlier this month, H. Grady Spruce High School CTE students from the automotive program attended the Mecum Car Auction where they took a firsthand look at the car industry. But what if our program is what propels one of them to become a master technician for a company like Porsche? It’s definitely possible!

We know much of the CTE growth can be attributed to House Bill 5 that was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013. In essence, HB5 requires students to earn an endorsement while they are in high school, and most of the endorsement options are CTE related. This is a program with great potential, and it highlights one of the many ways Dallas ISD provides opportunities for students to succeed.

District 4 at work

By now, I hope you’ve heard about my passion for parent and community involvement to support our schools. District 4 has some awesome events and quite frankly, we need your help. Volunteers are needed for the Fall Carnival at Richard Lagow Elementary School from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17.

Seagoville North Elementary will need additional hands to help facilitate Thanksgiving Dinner from 9:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18.

John Quincy Adams Elementary needs at least 15 volunteers each week to tutor students in reading. The school’s first-, second-, and third-grade Eagle Readers will be ready to receive the help anytime Monday to Friday, for a couple of hours.

In the coming days, we’ll have a chance to spend time with our families, but let’s remember to reflect on all of the things we can be thankful for. I am District 4 proud, I am Dallas ISD proud, and I am grateful you have entrusted me to provide a voice as an advocate for our students.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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