CEN Special Programs
CEN Texas Regional Pathways Network
CEN is excited to serve as the intermediary in two Texas Regional Pathways Networks. In February, Roscoe Collegiate ISD received funding from Texas House Bill 1525 to plan a renewable energy pathway network with Roscoe Collegiate ISD, Hamlin Collegiate ISD, and Floydada Collegiate ISD. They also received funds to implement an advanced manufacturing pathway network with Roscoe Collegiate ISD, Hamlin Collegiate ISD, and Throckmorton Collegiate ISD. The grant for both initiatives totaled $1,125,000, the bulk of which will be used to create advanced manufacturing labs with state-of-the-art equipment, furniture, and instructional materials. Funds have also been set aside to build a mobile manufacturing lab to provide training to teachers as well as exposure to students in elementary and middle school. Nearly $100,000 is allotted to the purchase of renewable energy training materials.
These two Texas Regional Pathways Networks are intended to be a collaboration of school districts, higher education, and industry in order to create all-encompassing pathways meeting the needs for students to learn employability and technical skills in renewable energy and advanced manufacturing. The initiative is intended to be industry-led. Therefore we invite the feedback of our industry partners each month. We encourage the schools to plan work-based learning opportunities with employers. The schools also create pathways that will culminate in an industry-based certification, level 1 or 2 post-secondary certificate, associate degree, and bachelor’s degree thus providing multiple levels of opportunity to students.
CEN TWC Youth Robotics Program
In June, CEN received notice that we would be receiving a grant award in the amount of $402,741 from AmeriCorps to help eleven schools in the CEN network implement our proven model. Since then, we have been working to recruit, train, and implement our first cohort of AmeriCorps service members who began on September 19. The CEN AmeriCorps project places members in different schools within our network as Instructional Support Specialists or Career Exploration Specialists. Instructional Support Specialists will work directly with school staff and faculty in a support role to assist in the instructional aspects of the model. Career Exploration Specialists will work with the community partners, businesses, and industry to support the career and college aspects of the model. We are extremely excited that the CEN AmeriCorps project is providing us the opportunity to provide additional support directly to our districts. Our first cohort placed members in Hamlin, Roscoe, and Cumby. We are still looking to fill member positions in Venus, Floydada, Iraan, Sunray, Bellville, Spurger, Lytle, and Freer.
For more information about CEN AmeriCorps, contact Kendall Riggan, AmeriCorps Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.