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In La Marque High School’s first year to compete at District SkillsUSA in Health Science, the school swept the First Aid CPR contest. Dazhanae Holmes, left, won Gold and Aaron Logan, center, won Silver. They both will advance to State SkillsUSA Friday through Sunday in Corpus Christi. Alberneisha Midkiff won Bronze. Their health science teacher is Jacinta Urps.

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Career and technical education has changed dramatically in schools to meet the country’s education and skill needs. Many students will graduate from La Marque and Texas City high schools with the education and hands-on training they need to kick start great jobs and careers. Some CTE students will go on to earn four-year degrees while others can be successful with a combination of postsecondary education and industry-recognized credentials.

Not only are students actively participating in district CTE programs, but they are demonstrating much success. Here are a few of our most recent success stories this year:

Forty district culinary arts students earned their food handlers certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services. They can use this certification for entry level employment in the restaurant and hotel industry.

The Texas City High School Texas Association of Future Educators had 11 students qualify for the Teach for Tomorrow State competition. They competed against 1,500 other students. They won four first place ribbons, one second place ribbon and three medals.

Three Texas City High School Business Professionals of America members placed at the Regional Leadership Conference to qualify them to compete in Administrative Support Team and Fundamental Desktop Publishing at State.

The Texas City High School Health Occupations Students of America Bowl team placed third and qualified them for State. In addition, two health science technology students recently passed their Certified Nursing Assistant certification.

Two Texas City National FFA Organization Veterinary Medicine teams placed at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The junior team placed fourth and the senior team placed ninth.

The programs detailed below competed at the District SkillsUSA competition in February and qualified to compete at the state contest Friday and Saturday in Corpus Christi.

In their first year to compete in Health Science at SkillsUSA, La Marque High School swept first aid/CPR and the gold and silver medalist will compete at State.

The Texas City High School Cosmetology students won 20 ribbons and medals to qualify for State including Best of Show and second place Quiz Bowl team.

Texas City High School Forensics had 18 projects that received Superior ratings that qualified them for the State competition and several team competitions. Two students won Best in Show. Also competing at State will be the Forensic Science Bowl and Community Service Team.

All five Texas City High School Robotics and Engineering projects qualified for state and 18 students competed in eight contests winning five gold medals. Besides this competition, students also compete in the VEX Robotics where they dominated during their season, placed first in State and qualified again for the VEX Worlds.

Four Texas City High School welding projects are advancing to State and one student won Best of Show. Welding I students also placed in individual skills contests.

Three district carpentry students qualified for State. Our students swept the skills competition and two students won Best of Show for their project.

Architectural drafting will have one student competing in skills at State.

Congratulations and good luck to our award-winning students. We look forward to more success in CTE.

Melissa Tortorici is Director of Communications for Texas City ISD.

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