“I want to help young people learn the skills for now and the future...you don't do this by being lucky, you do this by a systematic approach."
— from our Roscoe Collegiate High School Profile
This statement, made by one of Roscoe Collegiate High School’s industry partners, underscores a point we believe is critical: in order to ensure all students have access to economic opportunity in a rapidly changing world, schools must have a strategic vision for career readiness.
If you visit Roscoe's campus in rural Texas, you might see a student dressed in scrubs, scrutinizing an x-ray of a dog’s spine. Or two students huddled over a drone, repairing damaged wires inside the machine. Or a student in a lab coat deep in conversation with a scientist from Texas A&M University, discussing the next steps for bovine in-vitro fertilization. Each of these work-based learning experiences at Roscoe Collegiate is driven by the school's vision and carefully designed in collaboration with partners to ensure students develop the knowledge, skills, competencies, and dispositions they need to be successful in life after high school.
This month, we dig deeper into how partnerships, when aligned with a school’s vision, can help all students access authentic learning experiences, be supported in developing the necessary competencies for career and life success, and connect with adults outside the school who can serve as role models and mentors.
Roscoe Collegiate is one such example of how strategically designed partnerships can advance a school’s vision for a career-ready graduate. In our latest school profile, we explore how Roscoe designs and leverages partnerships to make its vision a possibility for all of its students.
Roscoe’s vision is for all students to have:
The competencies needed for in-demand jobs in the region and continued higher education. By partnering with local industries and postsecondary institutions to understand what students need in order to be successful, Roscoe is able to better support students to develop in-demand academic, technical, and cross-sector competencies through coursework, aligned project-based learning, work-based learning, and capstone research projects.
An associate degree in one hand. Roscoe wanted to ensure students achieve a degree beyond the high school diploma, as most high-opportunity jobs require additional degrees and credentials. By partnering with a community college, Roscoe now offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree while still in high school.
An industry-recognized credential in their other hand. To address the STEM workforce shortage and set students up for in-demand jobs, the high school created biomedical (specifically agriculture and veterinary sciences) and engineering pathways. Through these pathways and the related work-based learning experiences via industry partnerships, students can gain the necessary skills and earn industry-recognized credentials.
Read the Roscoe Collegiate School Profile to learn more about how the school works to make its vision a reality for all students.
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All the best,
The Educator Networks Team