Cedar Valley College and Mountain View College
Texans Can Academies operates 11 charter high schools across the state, serving students who have struggled in traditional school settings. It became one of the first 20 charter schools in Texas in 1999, growing from the expansion of Dallas Can Academy, which was founded in 1985 to serve juvenile offenders with remedial education.
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Career training programs for students who have recently completed a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
Program for recent GED completers to pursue industry-focused career programs at Cedar Valley College. A previous partnership between the college and Texans Can Academies delivered an accelerated GED certificate program to students who had been unable to complete their high school education due to life circumstances.
Texans Can Academies approached Cedar Valley to provide students with training leading to industry certification for meaningful employment opportunities at a “living wage.”
The contractual agreement for $132,000 for a one-year period provided access to career-focused training.
A major challenge is allowing students to fulfill family obligations while pursuing career and educational goals. Class sizes are kept small to give as much individual attention as possible.
Training and certification are provided in career-focused fields. Partners hold strategic meeting sessions to discuss student interests, program needs of Texans Can Academies and resources available to ensure student success.
Cedar Valley trained more than 50 students of Texans Can Academies in courses leading to national or state certifications in their respective fields last year. Programs included Automotive Technology; Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology; Certified Nurse Aid; Dental Assisting; Pharmacy Technician and EKG Technician.
Encouragement is often all that is needed to motivate students. Scheduling around obligations and offering hands-on training invites greater participation and promotes networking skills which can be used in the workforce.
“ The partnership between Dallas Can Academy-Pleasant Grove Campus and Cedar Valley College has been challenging, fruitful and uniquely life-changing. About seven years ago, we began our effort in forging a meaningful and cooperative partnership that primarily served the students’ needs as well as met the academic rigor inherent in the college and workforce-readiness program that we were establishing. One of our former students, Nico Gray, was in the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program at Cedar Valley in the spring of 2011. Upon graduating from Dallas Can Academy in 2011, Nico was accepted into the Aviation Institute for Maintenance. He told me that his experience in the HART program at Cedar Valley gave him the understanding of how systems work in an integrated fashion. Nico graduated at the top of his class and has 12 assorted industry certifications... [He] told me that his experience in our partnership provided the knowledge, skills and confidence so that he could take on any challenge that he put his mind to. ”
Cedar Valley College
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Alternative Teachers’ Certification for individuals with bachelor’s degrees seeking a career change to become full-time schoolteachers in the state of Texas
Mountain View’s Alternative Teachers’ Certification (ATC) program, the only one in DCCCD, partners with North Texas school districts, charter schools, private schools and individuals to provide certification, internship and state testing for Texas teacher certification.
Texans Can Academies chose to partner with Mountain View because of its reputation for meeting or exceeding Texas Education Agency (TEA) standards for coursework, internship and certification for the Texas Teacher Alternative Certification program. Through the program, Texans Can Academies’ charter school lay teachers will become fully certified teachers. The college also has training partnerships with Jacksonville ISD, Tyler ISD, Mount Pleasant ISD, American Professional Jobs de Mexico and International Leadership of Texas Charter Schools.
A contract training agreement for $99,999 over two years by Texans Can Academies covers full tuition, instruction, books and internships for participants in the Alternative Teachers’ Certification program.
Since the agreement was initiated in September 2014, 10 students enrolled in fall Alternative Teachers’ Certification classes.
Texans Can Academies approached Mountain View to enhance existing teacher skills and to train newly recruited teachers not holding a Texas Teachers’ Certificate. The Texas Education Association’s website stipulates that “to fulfill the No Child Left Behind federal requirement to be highly qualified, charter school teachers must demonstrate content mastery in their assignment … and competency in the same manner as teachers in public schools.”
This is the first contractual agreement between an institution and DCCCD to train teachers for alternative certification. Traditionally, students have entered the program individually with tuition paid by their employer.
Charter schools are a new market for DCCCD teacher certification training, with organization training contracts an attainable goal.
“ It has been a distinct pleasure to work with Mountain View’s alternative certification program. Texans Can Academies has been able to partner with them to provide state-of-the-art training and preparation for our teachers. ”
Mountain View College
Workforce and Continuing Education