Members needed for VISD job-related committees

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

July 29, 2014 at 2:29 a.m.

To build a better workforce, the community needs to support the students who will fill those positions, said a Victoria school district official.

Members of the Victoria Partnership group heard from Tami Keeling, president of the school board, and Robert Jaklich, district superintendent, as they talked Tuesday morning about the need for employers of area industries to join the Career and Technical Education Programmatic Advisory Committees.

"It's a new time for VISD and for education in Texas," said Keeling. "We need to get more people involved in the committees, making sure that the kids know what it takes to work in those positions."

Several of the committees were brought back and adjusted to reflect the VISD courses available for students and the jobs they might fill in the future, Jaklich said.

Because committee members are employers and representatives who are familiar with the positions that need to be filled, he said they are often the best people to ensure the program is relevant, addresses industry standards and evaluate the courses that guide students into those fields.

"One of the great things is that they are comprised of our employers who can help educators develop and design the Career and Technical Education programs," Jaklich said. "They can allow us to see if the course really meets the needs in the real world."

The committees meet twice a year, he said, once each in the fall and spring to go over courses and offer members a chance to share the different aspects of the industry, including what kind of classes or certifications are required for the job.

"That doesn't mean they (committee members) can't be a part of the classes or become a mentor," Jaklich said.

Eventually, he said, they are working to create a committee for firefighting courses that would lead students from high school to the Victoria College Fire Academy.

"It's a great example of the business community, the school district with Victoria College coming together. It's a win-win-win situation," he said.



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