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On Thursday, April 14 business and community leaders got an opportunity to learn about Kingwood High School’s Moonshot program, which connects students with the business community. They also received an update on the proposed Humble ISD bond election.

The Kingwood BizCom meeting, held at the high school and hosted by the Partnership Lake Houston, also featured presentations on improving the health of members of the Kingwood community as well as improving the area’s economic health through highway construction projects.

Dr. Michael Nasra, KHS building principal, outlined how the school was working to connect students to industry and to connect the student’s academic experiences to the real world. He noted that in one such project students are building a miniature house on the campus, as part of an initiative to provide housing for veterans.

“We’ve partnered with veterans and we’re building tiny homes to allow for their living quarters. It’s a huge effort. Students are the architectural designers, the engineers, the actual construction managers,” he said. “They’re not simply doing renderings on a piece of paper for a grade.”

Courtney Peterson, KHS assistant principal, outlined the school’s Moonshot program, which calls for all graduates to complete at least one internship related to their personal career path. The program’s goal is to expose students to career experiences and to prepare them for college, career and life after high school.

Peterson introduced three students representing the school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, who outlined the various CTE initiatives designed to introduce students to real-world jobs.

“All Kingwood High School graduates will have some exposure to their career of the future,” Connor Sniderwin, one of the CTE ambassadors said. This exposure could take the form of an internship, an extended job-shadowing program or just a day to see what their job would potentially be like, he said.

Humble ISD Deputy Superintendent Roger Brown gave an update on the district’s bond election, which proposes the sale of $775 million worth of bonds to finance school construction and technology upgrades. The board called for the bond election in a vote in February.

Residents of the district will vote on two propositions. Proposition A calls for the issuance and sale of $730 million in bonds, to finance construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of school buildings and other capital improvements. Proposition B calls for the issuance of $45 million in bonds to finance the acquisition and upgrading of the district’s technology infrastructure and systems.

Passage of the bond issue would not raise the district’s tax rate. The interest and sinking tax rate, which is used to finance the bond issue, will remain at 35 cents, where it has been since 2008, Brown said.

Projects to be funded through the bond issue will include the construction of an 11th middle school in the district, the construction of new campuses to replace existing Foster Elementary and Ross Sterling Middle schools and the construction of a permanent Mosaic Campus for special education programs. Other proposed projects include renovations at all elementary school playgrounds, the installation of outdoor fitness equipment at middle and high schools and the addition of turf to Atascocita, Kingwood, Kingwood Park and Summer Creek High schools.

HCA Houston internal medicine program

Another type of learning experience is being offered at HCA Houston Healthcare’s Kingwood campus, where patients can be seen by resident physicians who have graduated from medical school and are pursuing a three-year education program in internal medicine. Dr. Rajeev Raghavan, internal medicine program manager, said the program is focused on increasing the representation in the medical field of minority groups and those who come from economic and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Over the next four years, we’re going to have 100 medical students rotating through our hospital and through our clinic,” Raghavan said.

He noted that the program offers particular opportunities for women training to become part of the medical field. “Here’s one amazing stat: 20 percent of surgeons in this country are female. This past July, we had an all-female class of interns in our surgical residency program,” he said.

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