FISD Career Days Align with Intent of HB5 - Focusing FISD students on Future College and Career Plans

Students at Floresville South Elementary were all abuzz yesterday as they had the opportunity to learn more about career options in our area. Presenters ranged from Doctors, Engineers, and Taxidermists, to DPS officers, HEB truck drivers, Journalists and Chefs – just to name a few. In addition to informing students of the many options, some of which require college graduation, and others that do not, presenters stressed the need for good character. Dr. Wade Krause told students it was important to be kind, caring and trustworthy, he said patients want a doctor they can trust. San Antonio Fire Fighter, Steven Ibrom, stressed the importance of making good decisions – because bad decisions as a youth could possibly impact your career options later in life. While I was visiting classrooms, one student asked me if she could fly a car. My response was, “well first you need to design it!” FSE, FMS and FHS are all scheduled to have career days in the spring which have intentionally been designed to get our students thinking about their future college and career plans – the intent of House Bill 5.

In January 2014, the Texas State Board of Education established the rules that govern House Bill 5 (HB5) and the Foundation Graduation Program requirements for the 2014-2015 freshman class. The bill provides more flexibility for high school students to pursue either higher education or a career pathway. It received widespread support among educators and several business groups that are experiencing a need for skilled labor as the Texas economy continues to grow and diversify. House Bill 5 Graduation Plan created a foundation diploma that all students are expected to meet and offers several endorsements in areas such as business and industry; science, technology, engineering and math; public services; the arts and humanities; and multidisciplinary studies, which is a variety of advanced courses.  An Endorsement is an area of focus designed to have a positive influence on our students’ future college and career plans.

The Foundation Graduation Program also allows individual students to receive Performance Acknowledgments on their transcript/diploma. During high school, a student may earn a performance acknowledgment for outstanding performance: in dual credit courses by earning 12 or more hours of college credit, in bilingualism and bi-literacy, on an AP test with a score of 3 or better, on the PSAT, the SAT, or the ACT, or by earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license. Any current 10th or 11th grade FHS student interested in moving from the 4x4 Graduation Plan, to the HB5 Graduation Plan, should contact their counselor.

In conclusion, students are encouraged to take rigorous coursework that supports their college and career goals. The Foundation Graduation Plan with an Endorsement will help students be college and career ready upon graduating from high school.  To learn more about the Foundation Graduation Requirements, see information at the following link: http://www.fisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=193900&type=d&pREC_ID=548555