Education advisory committees to meet about career pathways

  • If you go

  • • WHAT: VISD CTE Programmatic Advisory Committees

    • WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

    • WHERE: VISD Conference Center, 2909 Miori Lane

    • FOR INFORMATION: Call Lauri Voss at 361-788-2802 or Melissa Correll at 361-788-9288.

A better workforce is what industry leaders are looking for, said Randy Vivian, Victoria Chamber of Commerce president/CEO.

In an effort to build a more qualified workforce, the 2014 Career and Technical Education Programmatic Advisory Committees will meet with members of the chamber for a kickoff event Tuesday.

To meet the needs of the area businesses and industry growth, the Victoria school district, the chamber and members from the community are joining forces to give students an advantage in the workforce.

"This is a preparation to educate the young people who are coming out of school," Vivian said.

Victoria has a myriad of avenues available to teach students the skills necessary to fill the positions that will be open in the future, he said. Fields including engineering, health care and welding are some of the programs offered to the students.

"We can help them choose the courses to get ready for those careers," he said.

The committees are looking for community members to participate in the pathways program.

"We want to educate the community about the program and the committees," said Melissa Correll, Career and Technology Institute principal.

The committees are made of people in the industry who have the experience to determine if students are doing what is necessary to prepare for the workforce or secondary education, and each program has a committee.

It's a program that she said creates a "seamless transition" to post-secondary education or earning a paycheck after graduation.

With the help of the committees, students can even take classes and earn specializations that prepare them for what lies ahead.

"Many of the students use the certifications they receive to earn money for college," Correll said. "Some are able to work immediately after school."