Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 11, 2014

Meetings to explain new high school graduation requirements set

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Students in eighth grade and their parents will get a peek at their futures by attending one of three meetings being held Tuesday evenings through Feb. 25 and hosted by Corsicana ISD.

The point is to explain the changes in state law regarding graduation, and to help kids pick a direction before they get to high school. The graduation requirements change for the Class of 2018.

The state legislature changed the rules to allow more flexibility in math and science credits, and to allow more opportunities for career preparation. Those certification programs were around before, but what the experts have found is that some kids never get another shot at that training if it’s not offered in high school, explained Marti Shaner, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at CISD.

To prepare for that, CISD is going to be partnering with Navarro College to get high school students a shot at oil and gas worker certifications, and expanding opportunities in health and business, Shaner said.

“I think one of the things we’ll be able to do is add more in the business area in terms of finance and marketing and entrepreneurship, engineering and health sciences. So we’ll be able to expand beyond our (Certified Nursing Assistant) program to look at pharmacy techs and perhaps even medical records.”

Having those courses will give students a variety of options, from the student who wants to do that as a career to the students intent on becoming doctors or pharmacists, who will be able to work within their fields in college.

The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 11; 6 p.m. on Feb. 18; and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the cafeteria at Corsicana High School. There will be a briefing about the changes in the law, then students and their parents will be encouraged to attend one or two breakout sessions on the different areas or endorsements, such as arts and humanities, business and industry, public service, etc.

Then they’ll be asked to make an appointment with a school counselor for a private session, during which they’ll have a graduation plan drawn up.

“Part of the new law is that every child will have a graduation plan,” Shaner said.

“This is an exciting time for incoming freshman.  Program electives will allow students to explore potential career interests while in high school and receive credit for their work,” said Susan Johnson, executive director of Communication.

“Education is no longer ‘one size fits all’.”


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