Bridgeland seniors win first place at HOSA conference | #education | #technology | #training


Bridgeland High School seniors Puneet Pahl, Sarvani Nookala, Jennifer Lin and Dathri Gundhappa took home first prize for their public service announcement during the virtual HOSA International Leadership Conference last month, a CFISD press release announced.

HOSA, an extracurricular program, helps students develop into future leaders in the health care field.

By placing in the top three for their public service announcement, the team of seniors will now move on to compete at the international conference.

“I am so incredibly proud of these students for what they have accomplished,” Denise Bishop, Bridgeland HOSA sponsor, said in the press release. “They started working and planning for their event very early last school year. These competitions are so competitive and placing at the regional and state level is quite an amazing accomplishment. For them to place first at the international level against students from all over the U.S. and several other countries is the perfect reward for the dedication and hard work these students have demonstrated throughout their years at Bridgeland. I am so very proud of them and happy that they will one day have careers in the medical field.”

-Contributed by Cy-Fair ISD

CTE students get reimbursements

A total of $41,819 in reimbursements has been provided to 1,099 career and technical education students in Cy-Fair ISD, a district press release announced. The reimbursements are to help with certification exam costs.

“In 2019, the Texas Legislature amended the Texas Education Code permitting the state to provide a one-time reimbursement to CTE students that passed a certification exam and earned a certification from a state-approved listing of advanced certifications,” states the press release.

CFISD currently offers over 50 certifications and intends to add more certifications in the near future.

“I am often asked why students should pursue and earn the certifications made available through the CTE courses they are taking,” Denise Kubecka, director of career and technical education, said in the press release. “My simple answer is, ‘why would they not?’ Having an industry-recognized credential on their résumé when they graduate from high school could be the edge they need to set themselves apart from others as they apply for what comes next. As a bonus, getting certified through CFISD happens at a fraction of the cost of doing so through an outside agency. Again—why would you not?”

-Contributed by Cy-Fair ISD

College offers electronics program

Lone Star College-CyFair is encouraging students to register for its Industrial Electronics Technology program offering a one-year Field Service Technician Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree.

“One of the most valuable aspects of the Electronics Technology program was the ability to hit the ground running and being a valuable technician quickly,” program alum Andrew Granger said in a college press release.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2019 with the certificate and degree, Granger accepted a part-time internship at CAE Dallas West training facility as a flight simulator technician. In five months, he became a full-time employee. According to the press release, such a promotion typically takes at least a year.

Highlights of the LSC program for Granger included the hands-on learning opportunities and the mentorship of his professors.

Granger hopes to continue developing as a technician and leader. He came back to Houston and LSC last year to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy, Manufacturing and Trades Management, which he anticipates receiving in spring 2022. He was also recently hired as an electrical technician for a major hospital system, according to the press release.

“Again, with the advantages afforded by LSC’s value, scheduling options and proximity to home, I am able to continue working full-time, while gaining education and experience simultaneously,” he said in the press release. “That’s the best part about my experience at LSC — their ability to meet me wherever I was and provide what I needed.”

To learn more about the program, contact Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Michael.L.Young@LoneStar.edu or program professor Mohamad.M.Hishmeh@LoneStar.edu.

LSC-CyFair is registering students for the upcoming semester. Class start Aug. 30. For more information, visit LoneStar.edu/registration.

-Contributed by LSC-CyFair



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