We must work together to keep students in school

Editor, the Advocate:

In reference to the article in the Victoria Advocate March 15, "We must work together to get students in school."

Wow, part of my political campaign for County Commissioner Pct. 1 includes some of the concepts mentioned in the article. Namely, to offer expanded vocational training opportunities to those who are not college bound. The vocational programs at VISD need to be increased with many more fields of study and to develop intern programs for the chosen vocation during the summer months as well as the evening hours during the school year. In working with juvenile delinquents, experience has shown me there needs to be more support for the G.E.D. as well. At some point, the high school educators should realize where the student is and assist the youth in attaining the G.E.D. Continuing education, when the youth is no longer in high school, is a problem. Vocational school fees are not affordable by most of the juvenile community. There are very few scholarships for the trades. The city, county, state and individual citizens should work together to develop funding for scholarships and establish many different trade schools in Victoria. We can work together to get the juvenile delinquent off the street and help him be a productive citizen with high self-esteem. Our youth is our future.

Tony Mallette, Victoria