Meet Angie Gillikin, Career Readiness Manager for the HISD Office of College & Career Readiness. Angie is a tenacious educator and noted professional, with 16 years of experience in Corporate America. Angie comes to us from Katy ISD, where she worked as a business instructor, teaching business education as well as industry-specific courses. In addition, Angie worked as a Career & Technical Education Specialist for HISD before becoming a manager, serving eight HISD high schools.
Angie’s day-to-day work is anything but typical. She coordinates student events, solicits new partners for campus CTE programs, collaborates with sponsors and teachers who teach Career Prep and Practicum courses, and works with partner organizations that provide scholarships and employment opportunities to HISD students.
As we work to continue connecting with business partners to support our programs, it is our goal to give students repeated real-world exposure that relates to their CTE courses. Additionally, CTE programs offer students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications and/or complete college courses through dual-credit enrollment. Together with teachers, curriculum, and partners, our students graduate equipped for success in a career after high school.
Angie attended Sam Houston State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a minor in Agribusiness. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Leadership at the University of Houston-Downtown. Recently, Angie coordinated HISD’s 5th Annual “When I Grow Up” Career Expo, giving HISD students the chance to explore and enjoy a variety of career opportunities and activities.
The 5th Annual “When I Grow Up” Career Expo was held Saturday, April 22 from 10am – 2pm. 90+ organizations, businesses and college programs came to present engaging, hands-on activities for students and parents. Campuses participated in competitions and won prizes from sponsors for their campus CTE program classrooms. ACE Mentors hosted their annual year-end competition, and the City of Houston kicked off its summer Hire Houston Youth initiative by the Mayor’s office, with an on-site hiring event! The day was a great success, and we look forward to the 6th annual Expo in 2018.
Angie’s work impacts thousands of HISD students daily, and from the events she coordinates, to the CTE programs and initiatives she supports, Angie knows that every student is capable of achieving the extraordinary.
HISD offers so many great programs through our high schools to equip our students for high-paying, high-demand jobs. When students enroll in CTE courses, they aren’t just “taking a class,” they are gaining valuable academic, technical and employability skills that they will use for the rest of their lives!