Bridgeport High School focusing on career tech programs

By Racey Burden | Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Bridgeport High School is looking at implementing new career tech programs.

Principal Jaime Sturdivant told the school board Monday night the high school is working with the Texas Workforce Commission to decide how to set up the programs. Sturdivant said the school has talked about adding a firefighting academy and a drone pilot program.

The Workforce Commission held a meeting for the schools and local businesses in Bridgeport last week.

“We learned a lot through the Workforce Commission about stackable resumes, meaning you get skills that you can use right out of high school,” Sturdivant said. “You can work and make good money, and if you decide to go to college, you can pay for college with some of that money you’re earning, so you don’t come out of college with a lot of debt.”

Sturdivant said they’d like to start the drone pilot program next year, making Bridgeport the second school in the state to train FAA-certified drone pilots.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in a short amount of time,” she said. “[The Workforce Commission] has got $49 million in grants that they’re trying to spend, so we want to be their No. 1.”

The high school is also considering partnerships with local businesses for welding apprenticeships and adding a law enforcement course under School Resource Officer Lee Snodgrass.

During Monday’s meeting, the school board also:

  • recognized Elena Flores of Bridgeport Elementary School as employee of the month.
  • heard a presentation from students in BES LINC about their program to welcome new students to the school.
  • recognized Cole Barton, a Commended Student under the National Merit Scholar program.
  • recognized the principals for National Principals Month.
  • heard reports from the administrators, including a report from Bridgeport Middle School that out-of-class discipline placements are down to four students and four placements for the first six weeks from 35 students and 51 placements last year. BMS has implemented new discipline strategies to get to the root of the students’ behavior.
  • submitted Ray Cook as the district’s nominee for the Wise County Appraisal District board of directors.
  • approved the hiring of a new kindergarten teacher.
  • discussed the Wall of Fame and Bull Memorial Stadium Monument nomination process.

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