Work-based learning on agenda

An interlocal agreement between Ector County ISD and the City of Odessa to implement work-based learning opportunities for Career & Technical Education students will be up for consideration by the ECISD Board of Trustees during their 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the first floor board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.

Examples of work-based learning sites are the Odessa Animal Shelter, Odessa Fire & Rescue, and Odessa Police Department.

Supplemental agenda material says the agreement allows students to work directly at sites affiliated with the City of Odessa learning directly with employees on site.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for real-world application of learning, improved resumes, and networking that would naturally lead to possible post-secondary employment,” the material says.

This agreement will be in effect from Dec. 14, 2021, until terminated by either party with a thirty-day notice.

Trustees also will consider a partnership with University of Texas Permian Basin STEM Academy.

Through ECISD’s Call for Quality Schools, UTPB STEM successfully completed a rigorous process conducted by a diverse committee that included: application screening, partner capacity interview, and overall evaluation using a TEA model rubric, the material said.

ECISD and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin have a strong partnership represented by student dual credit offerings, Opportunity Culture collaboration, talent pipeline support and CTE offerings.

“This innovative partnership with UTPB STEM will allow ECISD to expand high quality choice offerings to students in the district with an opportunity to learn on the campus of our local university,” the material said.

Some of the other items on the agenda are:

>> Recognition of Ysmael Lujan, TASSP (Texas Association of Secondary Principals) Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

>> Introduction of students’ artwork for trustees’ Christmas card.

>> Take action on superintendent’s recommendation to probationary contract of Jovan Jacob Lopez Pando.