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New PISD career center set to open

Construction of the Pasadena Independent School District’s new career and technical high school is nearing completion, with the campus scheduled to open next month.

To be located on a 32-acre plot of land at the corner of Beltway 8 and Genoa Red Bluff, the school is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

“It’s an exciting adventure for us,” said PISD spokeswoman Renea Ivy-Sims. “Not everyone will go on to college, but everyone who’s going to work will need some kind of special training.”Career and Technical High School

Funding for the new campus was approved by voters in November 2011 as part of a $270 million bond. The school will be approximately 246,000 square feet in size. Construction cost is estimated at $37 million.

All PISD students between ninth and 12th grade are eligible to attend the school. The campus will provide a full-day learning program, with students returning to their home campus for athletics and fine arts. Between 1,500 and 1,700 students are expected to attend the new facility.

A joint venture with San Jacinto College, the campus will allow participating students to graduate with a high school diploma, receive a professional certificate or license and earn college hours by taking dual credit courses, advanced placement courses or by gaining articulated credits.

The campus will be divided into six separate academies: business and human services, health services, agriculture, transportation and shipping, manufacturing and construction and technology and engineering.

The business and human services academy will offer training in hospitality, culinary arts, cosmetology, child guidance and management and criminal justice.

The health services academy will offer training to help students become a certified nursing assistant, dental assistant, emergency medical technician or pharmacy technician.

The agriculture academy will offer training in floral design and presentation, turf management, horticulture and how to become a veterinary technician.

The transportation and shipping academy will offer training in automotive technology, transportation/distribution/logistics, automotive collision repair and maritime.

The manufacturing and construction academy will offer training in engineering, robotics, welding, construction technology, HVAC and electrical.

The technology and engineering academy will offer training in information technology, computer maintenance, computer networking, audio/video production, arts/audio video technology and animation and graphics.

Former Pasadena Memorial High School Assistant Principal Steven Fleming will serve as principal of the new school.

“We are very excited to see the new career and technical high school come to life,” Fleming said. “The opportunities and experiences this new campus will provide for our students, parents, district and community are unlimited.”

This sentiment is echoed by PISD Superintendent Kirk Lewis.

“We are very excited about the career and technical high school opening,” Lewis said. “We know that the 21st century workforce must have education or training beyond a traditional high school diploma. The students served by the career and technical high school have a unique opportunity right here in Pasadena to explore and prepare for career pathways and individual programs of study unique to this generation. Depending on the goals of the individual student, graduates of the career and technical school will be fully equipped on graduation day to successfully enter a career or college campus. This is truly a great opportunity for our kids and our community.”

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