Harlingen school district looks to needs of the marketplace

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the next installment in a series of articles on the Harlingen school district’s plan to redesign its Career and Technology Education program.

HARLINGEN — Trades such as mechanics and welding are among those that will undergo a redesign in the Harlingen school district.

“One of the things that we’re doing as we’re redesigning the CTE (Career and Technology Education) program is looking for opportunities to imbed credentials,” Superintendent Art Cavazos said.

“That means getting some kind of credential while they’re going through our program. Several areas that we’re looking at are the welding program, that’s part of manufacturing.”

They already offer certifications but are adding more.

“We’re refining based on workforce needs,” Cavazos said. “They will change according to workforce needs.”

He said the district may possibly do an assessment each year to determine how the workforce has changed and what certifications it should offer.

“Our goal is to align ourselves and our redesign of these programs to current and future economic and workforce development needs,” Cavazos said.

The district is also placing a very strong focus on the STEM classes and professions.

“When I talk about a STEM focus, what I want to highlight there is that there are several pathways that fit under that, including architecture and construction,” Cavazos said. “There are a lot of pieces under construction, like plumbing, HVAC, electrical. And so when I say we’re going to have a STEM focus, that means that we’re redesigning those pathways.”

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