From staff reports

HALLSVILLE — Business and industry leaders across East Texas met at Hallsville ISD this past month to celebrate February’s National Career and Technical Education Month.

Hallsville ISD CTE teachers joined district staff, administrators and business and industry partners for a CTE meeting centered around the theme of, “Career and Technical Education — Inspire, Innovate and Influence,” Hallsville ISD CTE Director Kathy Gaw said.

Kilgore College’s Dean of Industrial Technologies D’Wayne Shaw kicked off the meeting by sharing a story about the importance of taking CTE classes as well as CTE dual credit classes while students are still in high school. Shaw talked about how taking CTE classes while he was still a high school student opened doors to careers that previously did not previously exist at that time.

Hallsville High School’s Agricultural Science teacher Josh Shafer joined the school’s Business and Technology teacher Kelly Graff to recognize student organization state qualifiers.

Hallsville High School CTE teacher Robert Best introduced a new program during the meeting. Emergency services will be offered at Hallsville High School at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Best also said Hallsville ISD will be working with Kilgore College and Hallsville Fire Department to offer Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technician programs.

Gaw said the Texas Education Agency is now requiring every district that receives Carl D. Perkins funds to complete a local needs assessment.

Business and industry partners completed a survey during the meeting that addressed the assessment topics to be reviewed with CTE teachers and staff.

In recognition of National Career and Technical Education Month, Hallsville High School Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Amber Daub offered encouragement and inspiration to CTE team members, focusing on the importance of the work they do within CTE classrooms for East Texas students.