More than 120 Hays CISD parents and students gathered on Tuesday for “Planning for Tomorrow…Today,” the first such districtwide event aimed at assisting students in taking the step from high school to college.
An army of student career counselors, campus administrators, Austin Community College representatives, even volunteers from the new Kohl’s Department Store, answered questions to help the students and their parents plan and make decisions about post-high school education.
“Hays CISD must take bold step to prepare our students for the future,” said Dr. Kirk London, Superintendent of Hays CISD. “According to a report from the Texas Comptroller’s Office, the number of jobs requiring technical training, certifications or associate degrees is outpacing the number of people available to fill them despite the fact that many pay above-average salaries.”
He said the US Department of Labor reports that the “hottest” jobs projected to open by 2016 will require a higher education step above high school. He listed three ways for students to prepare for the workforce: be academically prepared, know the steps of applying for financial aid, and know how to choose the right college or post-secondary training.
“By coming tonight you have made a commitment to a better education for your children,” he said.
Ray Hernandez, Executive Director of the Kyle Chamber of Commerce, told the audience that employers he works with on a daily basis, including Seton, Loew’s, Kohl’s and HEB, “require that you have a higher education. It is some kind of proof that you have a commitment.”
Charlotte Winkelmann, Hays CISD Director of Career/College Readiness and Guidance and Counseling, urged the students and parents in attendance to take advantage of the night’s opportunities to help navigate the college application process.
Students and their parents may obtain any of this information at the Career and Counseling Centers at Hays High School and Lehman High School during the school day.
— JULIE JEROMEEmail | Print