Kilgore exploring career-focused high school

Published on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 12:25 - Written by

(MCT) -- Kilgore ISD and Kilgore College are working to create a career-focused high school.

"(If ) we can get a grant (from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) to help us get it started, then I can continue to work to get other monies and whatever we need to sustain it, instead of having to find the money to get it started and sustain it," KISD Superintendent Cara Cooke said.

The career and technical education (CTE) Early College High School would target students at risk of dropping out, Cooke said. Initially, the school would offer special instruction in health science, welding, automotive and law enforcement, she said.

Students could earn college credit toward an associate’s degree in applied science. The school would be housed in either KISD’s former Maude Laird Middle School or former Kilgore Heights Elementary School, Cooke said.

The grant would be worth between about $750,000 and $1 million, Cooke said.

Kilgore College is partnering with KISD in seeking the grant.

"With numerous examples of shared ventures and inter-local agreements, Kilgore ISD was the logical choice to serve as the lead institution and so the planning grant was filed, naming KISD as the partner," KC President Bill Holda wrote in an email.

"Whether or not the planning grant is approved, Kilgore College plans to move forward very aggressively with the establishment of Early College High Schools within the service area," Holda wrote.

"If nothing happens with this, we're going to try to move forward with some other ways to make it happen," Cooke said.