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Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00

Specialized Technical School in TX Preps 8th Graders for Automotive Education

The Victoria Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Department (VISD), in partnership with the Alcoa Foundation and the Victoria Business and Education Coalition, hosted the “Dream Big STEM Expo” on January 7 and 8. The event was located at the Victoria College Health Science Center in Texas.

According to, this is the first year that the expo will have a career and college readiness session, presented by Melissa Robinson, Victoria College director of pre-college programs and recruitment and Martin Sanchez, VISD career and technical education counselor.

The Dream Big STEM Expo was created so teachers and other faculty could connect with their eighth-grade students about future careers in technology, engineering, math and science. Each middle school has two hours to learn from industry partners such as Alcoa, Dow, Formosa, Invista, Caterpillar, GE Water, South Texas Electric Co-op, Testengeer, DeTar Hospital, Citizens Medical Center and Victoria College, according to These experts share success stories and present career opportunities, while providing a cause of action.

The following courses are available to VISD high school students through CTE offerings: engineering, graphic design, education and training, business, health and medical, information technology and agriculture science.Industry-trained programs such as robotics and automation, instrumentation and electronics, process technology, oil and gas, welding, automotive technology, collision repair and refinishing, computer technician, cosmetology, architectural design, video game design, construction technology, law enforcement, and firefighting, as well as advanced courses for academic graduation credits including forensic science, anatomy and physiology, advanced animal science, engineering design and problem solving, and engineering math are accessible to student as well.

In preparation for the Dream Big STEM Expo and the upcoming course preregistration for the 2015-16 school year, eighth graders are counseled by the career and technical education department through a program called Career Cruising. This agenda provides students with information that will help them make decisions about their future studies and career.

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