Houston Independent School District unveiled a $4 million proposal aimed at helping secondary students land jobs in the refining and globalÂ transportation industries, which are experiencing growth in the city, according to a recent Houston Chronicle article.
HISD plans to launch â€œintensive career training programsâ€ at five high schools next year. Those programs would put students on a path to earn an industry certification in a trade and an associate’s degree fromÂ Houston Community College.
“Nationally there’s a lot of talk about college and career readiness, but college is what’s emphasized,” said Alisha Hyslop, an assistant director at theÂ Association for CareerÂ and Technical Education, in the article. “This effort really seems to blend both in a seamlessÂ manner.”
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