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Keller ISD Partners with US Department of Labor for Apprenticeship Signing Day, May 3

Keller ISD Partners with US Department of Labor for Apprenticeship Signing Day, May 3

Several students will sign commitment letters to apprenticeship programs as part of Keller ISD’s Apprenticeship Signing Day on Friday, May 3, demonstrating the school district’s commitment to pathways from education to career.

The Keller Center for Advanced Learning (KCAL) – KISD’s career and technical education campus – is a registered apprenticeship site through the U.S. Department of Labor and will host industry partners for the Apprenticeship Signing Day event beginning at 2 p.m. KCAL’s industry partners include: RECARO, Park Place Motorcars, TDIndustries, and Christian Brothers.

Students completing the program will graduate with both a high school diploma and a certificate of completion from a registered apprenticeship program which is a national, portable, and stackable credential.

“We are so proud of our students and have been looking forward to Apprenticeship Signing Day, as we are one of the only school districts in the state of Texas offering a registered apprenticeship program while students are in high school,” Leslee Shepherd, KISD CTE Director said. “The program provides our students with the skills and on-the-job training that helps better prepare them for their future careers.”

The registered apprenticeship program is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor and Project Lead the Way (PLTW), providing a comprehensive apprenticeship skills and knowledge framework that schools and industry can customize to meet local apprenticeship needs.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S., with pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Keller ISD offers the PLTW elementary school engineering program, LAUNCH, the middle school program, Gateway, and the high school engineering program that includes Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development.

The PLTW National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards – which were developed in conjunction with the information technology, engineering, and biomedical sectors – facilitate a much easier and faster implementation of a registered apprenticeship program, and can be adopted and used by PLTW schools and business partners to engage PLTW high school students in apprenticeship opportunities.

Apprenticeship Signing Day will take place at KCAL located at 201 Bursey Road, Keller, Texas 76248. If you are interested in covering this event, we are happy to coordinate photo opportunities and interviews. Please contact Keller ISD Communications at 817-744-1021 or Communications@KellerISD.net for more information.