Grant Money Allows ECISD and Odessa College to Create New Career Tech High School

Grant Money Allows ECISD and Odessa College to Create New Career Tech High School

By: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The Ector County Independent School District and Odessa College received a joint grant from the Texas Education Agency, the higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission. It's all to start a new career technical education school for the district.

"These students are going to be taking very rigorous courses involved in rigorous academics and career tech courses. So it's going to take up a great deal of time. The commitment they have to make to their studies is going to be a very integral piece to the success in the program," Byrne said.

Many advanced classes at a typical high school lacks the career technology classes students can take. This new school will be called O-C-TECHS for Odessa Career Technology Early College High School. It'll be located on the Odessa College campus and the high school students selected to attend will be able to take college courses as well.

"Math, English, History and Science, the four-core. Those areas, students will be taken for dual credit. So while they're taking the career and technical side, they are also taken the college hours for their requires high school courses (English, Math, Science and Social Studies). That's how they're obtaining so much college credit towards an actual A.S. degree, so they're knocking out both," Byrne said.

After going through the new school they could be graduating with both a high school degree and an associates degree on the same day.
There is still a lot of work that will be done this up coming school year, before the new school will open for the 2015-16 school year.  
The district is asking freshmen in the fall of 2015 to consider this career technology school as an alternative to Permian or Odessa high.

"To set foot everyday and get that college going experience is huge, they might not otherwise have that. Saying I'm here I'm really doing this, Byrne said.

During the first year that the school is operating, only freshman will be enrolled.

If you have any questions about enrollment in OC-Techs you can call Carla Byrne at 432-456-8911.