Academies lead to direct employment
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Early College High School is receiving part of $7.1 million in grants for innovative academies. Only 19 high schools in the state received funds via the Texas Industry Cluster Innovative Academies initiative. The academies provide educational opportunities for students that lead to direct employment in high-demand occupations. These occupations include advanced technologies and manufacturing, as well as aerospace and defense. Biotechnology and life sciences, energy, information and computer technology, and petroleum refining and chemical products are also on the list.
“Providing tools for future generations to succeed in the workplace is essential in building a brighter future for the State of Texas,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “By uniting employers, educators and local leaders, Texas students have even more opportunities to gain the skills they need to excel in the economy of tomorrow.”
The Texas Industry Cluster Innovative Academies initiative launched in Sept. 2016. The grant is awarded by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.