Education Celebrations: New course offers to help train students

By Diane Boyett
Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2014 at 7:19 p.m.

On Thursday, our board of trustees heard a report on new course offerings for our high school students next year.

In partnership with Victoria College, the number of dual-credit courses available will increase significantly next school year. Our students will be able to earn more college credits in areas of math, science and social studies. VISD students will be able to begin firefighting careers at our Career and Technical Institute with a two-year course offering taught by Victoria College personnel.

And new courses of study will be offered in the coming year through the Career and Technical Education program that were designed locally to meet the needs of our expanding labor force. Students will be able to take courses in digital fundamentals and DC circuits, as well as introduction to process technology and safety, health and environment that address workplace safety and processes. These innovating courses were developed with input from the VISD staff, Victoria College staff and local industry representatives.

Victoria ISD seeks to be responsive to the needs of our local employers in providing early training programs that offer certifications to directly enter the labor force or offer the foundation work that leads to post-secondary degrees and certifications. The local economy benefits, and our students benefit by getting the education they will need to be successful members of our community.

A well-trained workforce is also key in attracting new industry to the area to maintain a strong economy.

We truly appreciate all the partnerships that make it possible for our schools to offer meaningful courses for students.

Providing the opportunities to help our students become productive members of society also means teaching them how to be responsible.

We were excited to share in the celebration that the recycling program Torres Elementary School earned national recognition. In a nationwide contest that promotes recycling, Torres earned a second-place finish for the first semester and will receive $1,000. Rowland Elementary received an award for a two-week period and will get $50 plus another $100 in merchandise.

As of last report, Torres Elementary is in second place nationally, Smith Elementary is in sixth, and F. W. Gross is now eighth in the nation in their size bracket. Excellent news. We appreciate very much the support of the Environmental Services Department of the city of Victoria for its efforts to promote recycling in our schools.

The world, or at least our corner of it, is a better place when we are mindful of how our actions affect the environment. Our students are learning valuable lessons, having a good time and developing positive lifelong habits - another reason to celebrate in Victoria ISD.

Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Contact her at



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