Fluor Construction presents a check for $10,000 to the Lewis Career and Technical High School at the CTE partnership breakfast. Pictured: Board of Trustee assistant secretary Nelda Sullivan, construction instructor Guadalupe Garza, board secretary Marshall Kendrick, Dan Hamrick, Fluor director of craft training and development, Superintendent Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Lewis CTHS principal Steven Fleming and Barbara Jones, Fluor senior manager of community relations and public affairs.
Sarah Wrobleski, CTE executive director, presents a slideshow with photos of CTE students who have excelled in the program.
Nearly 100 Houston-area business representatives gathered April 27 at the Lewis Career and Technical High School for Pasadena ISD’s third annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) partnership breakfast.
The event recognized local volunteers, donors and community partners who have dedicated their time, energy and resources to enhance the educational experiences of students in Pasadena ISD.
“In Pasadena ISD, we are well aware of the importance CTE places on the lives of our students,” Sarah Wrobleski, CTE executive director said. “The experiences that we are able to offer our students are a result of the support of our partners, and that's really what prepares our students for careers of their choosing.”
Attendees were comprised of Board of Trustee members, district and campus administrators, along with representatives from LyondellBasell, Performance Contractors, Shell, the U.S. Coast Guard, IFC, Gulf Coast Educators FCU, and MOD Pizza, among others.
Guests had an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of CTE students from each high school during a special presentation, showcasing how the partnerships have benefited students and are helping to shape tomorrow’s workforce.
“Our partners understand that we are educating a workforce for them,” said Greg Mitchell, CTE business partner liaison. “These opportunities are beneficial for both sides.”
At the end of the breakfast, representatives from Fluor, a local construction company, presented a $10,000 check for the Lewis CTHS construction program.
The partnerships between Pasadena ISD and the business community come in various forms, from student scholarships, on-site work experience, mentoring, job skills training and workshops.
The district works with nearly 300 business partners to help the Pasadena community continue to grow.
“These opportunities encourage students to stay in the community and contribute their knowledge and talents to enhance the quality of life among residents,” Wrobleski said.
Pictured: Jimmy Spence, aerospace marking manager of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, Bernadette Marsh, Dobie counselor, Greg Mitchell, CTE business partner liaison, Paul Chapman, Albemarle Corp., and radio personality Chris Duncan of Service Radio.
Gulf Coast Educators FCU representatives Julia Arceneaux, Jessica Rodriguez and Caylee Smith enjoy breakfast prepared by Lewis CTHS students.
Lewis CTHS Junior Academy students perform several songs for guests.
Lewis CTHS culinary arts students take a break after serving guests for the partnership breakfast. The students began cooking at 5 a.m. that day.
Business partners witness CTE students in action as Lewis CTHS hospitality students serve breakfast.
Partnership Breakfast Album