John Tyler High School construction science seniors, Elian Rodriguez and Jesus Rodriguez, plan to begin their pursuit of a construction degree at Tyler Junior College in the fall of 2019. To help them both achieve their goals, they were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship through a grant originally awarded by the Tyler ISD Foundation.
Earlier this year, the Tyler ISD Facilities Services Department received a $5,000 grant through the Tyler ISD Foundation to support Career and Technology Construction and Architecture students by giving them opportunities to observe, research, collaborate, create, and solve real-world problems through the 2017 Bond projects at Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools.
“The 2017 bond projects for Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools serve as a great teaching platform for the students to learn through real-world construction experience,” Cherie Jones, Tyler ISD construction project manager, said. “From this initiative, our Facilities Services Department created a Construction Certificate Program that will allow students to explore a career in construction and build skills that relate to the construction work environment.”
A major incentive of the Construction Certificate Program is to provide a scholarship to a Lee and/or John Tyler graduating senior in the program who plans to further their education in the construction, or related, field of study either through a trade school, certificate, associate or bachelor program. If the student decides to do a trade apprenticeship, the funds may be used to purchase supplies, equipment and training material upon proof of employment.
“We continue to see additional support for the program through various subcontractors and professional consultants we work with on these projects,” Ms. Jones said. “Because of the initial grant and the additional support, the CTC Construction and Architecture students are being exposed to incredible opportunities for learning, networking, and building a career path in construction after graduation.”
*pictured: CTC Construction Teacher Sam Becze, Tyler ISD Construction Project Manager Brady Beddingfield, Elian, Jesus, Tyler ISD Foundation Director Betsy Jones and Project Manager Cherie Jones.