Business partnership helping student graduates

RAYMONDVILLE — When Angel Soria graduates in June, he’ll have a job waiting for him.

Since January, Soria and 20 classmates have been working toward jobs as nursing assistants at RetamaManorNursingCenter.

The program is part of a new partnership between RaymondvilleHigh School and the nursing home to train more residents to meet the growing demand for nursing assistants in the area.

“It puts me ahead of other people,” Soria, 18, said yesterday.

The program has forged a unique partnership between the school district and business sector, said Benjamin Clinton, the Raymondville school district’s special programs director.

“We’re doing something big for the community,” Clinton said. “There’s a need and it’s great experience for our students. For a lot of them, this is the career they’re getting into.”

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