RRISD partners with ACC, Round Rock Chamber for HVAC, Plumbing career training

More skilled professionals should hit the Central Texas job market thanks to a new partnership.

Round Rock ISD has partnered with Austin Community College (ACC) and the Round Rock Chamber to start an HVAC and plumbing career training program at Round Rock High School (RRHS).

The organizations signed a memorandum of understanding for the program, which will begin this summer in the back of the RRHS 500 building. The program was created to meet the demands for individuals trained in HVAC and plumbing in the Central Texas community. Courses will be held for free to District students and employees.

CTE Month Spotlight: Westwood Health Science Academy leads students to certification, careers

For students in the Westwood High School Health Science Academy, the interactive skills offered within the four branches of study lay a strong foundation for certifications, college credits and a pathway to a health science career. The four pathways consist of Biomedical Science through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Health Science Theory and Practice, Health…

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CTE Month Spotlight: Stony Point Business and Industry Academy offers interactive career preparation

In Stony Point High School’s Business and Industry Academy, students have the opportunity to spend their day learning interactive skills like raising animals, developing business plans and earning certifications all within the campus. The Business and Industry Academy offers 17 programs of study, including agricultural mechanics and metal technologies, floral design and digital media. The…

CTE Month Spotlight: Round Rock Public Service Academy prepares future public servants

CTE Month Spotlight: Round Rock Public Service Academy prepares future public servants

Future police officers, lawyers and teachers and educators at Round Rock High School are in the midst of training for their prospective professions, taking advantage of hands-on courses as part of the school’s Public Services Academy. The academy consists of four programs of study — Education and Training, Marine Corps JROTC, Law Enforcement and Law…

CTE Month Spotlight: McNeil STEM Academy, tech industry partner to build strong student engineers

CTE Month Spotlight: McNeil STEM Academy, tech industry partner to build strong student engineers

McNeil High School’s location in the middle of a slew of tech industry partners offers a unique opportunity for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy to network with professionals and become better prepared for careers in engineering industries. Students in the STEM Academy, which includes engineering and computer science paths, actively…

CTE Month Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Academy Ambassadors share CTE mission

CTE Month Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Academy Ambassadors share CTE mission

Navigating the five academies of Cedar Ridge High School is standard practice for the campus’ 75 Academy Ambassadors, who collectively help hundreds of prospective students, community members and business partners throughout the year to learn more about academy offerings. Academy Ambassadors work closely with Cedar Ridge Academy Specialist Rachel Sotelo to keep an open dialogue…

McNeil senior earns recognition for engineering

McNeil senior earns recognition for engineering

McNeil High School senior Brandon Vo is one of 1,300 students in the nation to be recognized by the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) for his achievement in engineering. Brandon excelled in his PLTW coursework which included Introduction to Engineer and Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and…

Cedar Ridge, Baylor Scott & White Health partner for professional panel

A panel of nine health care professionals visited Cedar Ridge High School as part of a question-and-answer session aimed at informing Health Science Academy students about the path to a career in the healthcare field. The panelists from Baylor Scott & White Health included a surgeon, physical therapist, dietician, orthopedist, primary care physician, finance manager,…

41 teachers complete RRISD, Round Rock Chamber externship program

41 teachers complete RRISD, Round Rock Chamber externship program

Secondary teachers from across Round Rock ISD and members of the Round Rock Chamber gathered to celebrate the completion of and a record-breaking year for the summer externship program on Aug. 12. The program allows secondary teachers the opportunity to spend three days shadowing a local business/organization and interviewing the employees to get a first-hand…

RRISD students find success at DECA International competition

Students from four Round Rock ISD high schools led the competition at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference. A total of 46 students from Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Round Rock and Westwood high schools competed in the international event, held in April in Nashville. Eight students placed within the top 20…

Westwood teacher, students win national computer science awards

Westwood High School Computer Science Teacher Deborah Kariuki and 10 of her students have been named recipients of The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing awards. Westwood students Michelle Liu, Noelle Rivera, Garima Singh, Kavya Ramamoorthy, Emily Chang, Saumya Prakash, Varshinee Sreekanth, Sunny Tian, Tyra Macharia and Roshni Rawal, were…

Westwood, Round Rock students earn top spots at Texas SkillsUSA contest

Westwood and Round Rock high schools students earned top prizes at the Texas SkillsUSA competition, with a total of 10 students advancing to the national competition. Texas SkillsUSA is a non-profit youth organization which facilitates trade and industry education, enhances curriculum and involves students as they develop essential skills, such as communication and teamwork, according…

RRISD and UT professors partner to study indoor environmental quality

Round Rock ISD staff and 10 students from each district high school are working with professors from the University of Texas Environmental Engineering department to study indoor environmental quality. The professors received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study indoor environmental quality with Central Texas schools. Equipment is placed in five classrooms in…