On Wednesday, May 10, HISD’s Office of College & Career Readiness recognized two exceptional high school seniors: Jalesha Bass (Yates HS) and Jesus Cortina (Barbara Jordan HS). The students provided testimonials on why Career and Technical Education (CTE) course offerings are important for HISD students. Jesus Cortina has this to say:
My welding instructor really motivated me to persist, pursuing welding after graduation from high school. But more than that, he taught me the importance of setting life goals in general. I truly believe I can make a career out of this pathway, and am grateful to have had his support along the way.
Jesus will attend HCC in the Fall to pursue a technical certification in welding, and Jalesha will attend the University of Texas at Austin– while at Yates HS, Jalesha studied both Communications and Maritime. She was also a dual credit student, who completed the Logistics & Global Supply Chain Management Specialist certificate at Houston Community College (18 semester credit hours).
Both Jesus and Jalesha were surprised with a $500 scholarship, to support them as they begin their academic careers.