Gregg County launches workforce initiative, first in Texas

Longview ISD

POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 6:21pm

Gregg County is preparing its students for the work force in a way no other county in Texas is doing. Wednesday, they launched the state's first work force initiative. The program is a partnership with the company that designs the ACT test. It aims to prepare students for the workforce based on individual strengths and weaknesses. The first schools in the state to adapt the program are Longview High School and Kilgore College.

Students will take aptitude tests to measure individual strengths and do other exercises to develop skills that match job requirements. Students will be ranked based on their skills sets and training to receive college credit and certifications.

Longview I.S.D interim superintendent Andrea Mayo says she's excited for the program.

"We want our students to go out and become successful, we want them to be career ready,work ready..we want them to be able to go out and become productive citizens. this gives them an opportunity to asses the skills they have..based on the teachings we provide..and then when they leave us..if they choose to go to the path of work, career..they have a credential..they have an opportunity that says I'm ready to go to work."

The certifications and credit students receive from the program are recognized not only at colleges but also at many different companies. 

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