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Today’s most sought-after jobs include aspects of technology and customer service unheard of just a decade ago. Hands-on experiences, mentoring opportunities, interactive student discussion during the school day and corporate volunteerism are the best ways to prepare today’s learners—who are tomorrow’s workers—for success.

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Richardson ISD is bolstering its Career and Technology offerings for students. But we need your help, to help you.

As employers, you want to hire and retain smart people who hit the ground running. More than 10,000 high school students engage in our classrooms each day and we make every effort in RISD to provide them an advantage through programs aimed at broadening their scope with hands-on training.

Some industries that project to have large workforce shortages over the next few decades include finance and business services, media and telecommunications, healthcare and manufacturing. The district’s CTE program allows students to study methodologies within these areas—and others—in the classroom while also gaining invaluable experience in the field.

Thanks to existing partners, we have been successful. Through our partnership with Methodist Hospital, hundreds of students are working in the highly competitive industries of medicine, research and technology. More than 12,000 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade will begin helping Texas Instruments next year shape the future of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through a TI partnership grant. And RISD has teamed with UT-Dallas to introduce coding for our students from prekindergarten to high school.

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Ensure a VIABLE FUTURE WORKFORCE to support a strong economy

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Increase your
TALENT PIPELINE

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Improve college and career readiness of 39,107 STUDENTS

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Enhance your organization’s IMAGE AND VISIBILITY by providing valued community service

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Identify, nurture, and recruit HIGH-QUALITY TALENT, EARLY

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Teachers are superheroes, BUT THEY CAN’T SAVE THE WORLD ALONE

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Gain opportunities to STRENGTHEN, TRANSFORM AND LEAD RISD

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Obtain a CURRENT VIEW OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

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Receive TAX BENEFITS for equipment and supply donation

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Help create a
SHARED VISION AND MISSION FOR RISD

WAYS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AT YOUR WORK

  • Compensation: Unpaid
  • Duration: 12 weeks during the school year
  • Credit: One semester for advanced credit
  • Grade Level: Senior year
  • Transportation: Responsibility of student
  • Contact: Amanda.Gulley@risd.org
  • Compensation: Paid
  • Duration: 8 weeks during the summer
  • Credit: No high school credit given
  • Grade Level: Junior and Senior year
  • Transportation: Responsibility of student
  • Contact: Beth.Brown@risd.org
  • Compensation: Unpaid
  • Duration: Full-year internship during school year
  • Credit: Two semesters for Career and Technology credit
  • Grade Level: Junior and Senior year
  • Transportation: Provided by District
  • Contact: Bobbie.Weir@risd.org
  • Compensation: Paid, part-time (15 hours/week minimum)
  • Duration: Full-year course
  • Credit: Two semesters for advanced credit
  • Grade Level: Junior and Senior year
  • Transportation: Responsibility of student
  • Contact: Beth.Brown@risd.org
  • Compensation: Unpaid, clinical observations
  • Duration: Full-year course
  • Credit: Two semesters for advanced credit
  • Grade Level: Junior and Senior year
  • Transportation: Provided by District or student
  • Contact: Sari.McCoy@risd.org

WAYS TO ENGAGE THE DISTRICT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

  • Support schools and initiatives through volunteerism and donations
  • Volunteer to tutor, read, judge competitions, mentor, present at career days, engage with PTAs, and assist with bilingual translation and outreach
  • Donate school supplies, sponsor field trips and bolster teacher appreciation initiatives
  • Visit with students at an RISD campus
  • Present at a campus career day
  • Provide job-training opportunities
  • Opportunity for students to observe a professional
  • Reverse job shadowing: share experiences with teachers and students
  • Fund programs that provide student scholarships, innovative teaching, and grants for professional development, technology and special programs
  • College or career scholarships for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students
  • Scholarships for CTE student organizations and competitions
  • Donate materials for classroom and lab use
  • Host a field trip at your company for RISD students
  • Buddy system to provide life skills and workplace skills for middle and high school students
  • Tutor student in specific academic subjects
  • Provide summer learning opportunities for teachers
  • Opportunity to provide input for CTE courses and curriculum
  • Unique experience for RISD teachers and industry professionals to meet and share experiences
  • RISD students who have completed a pathway or internship with your company are guaranteed an interview for employment
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Contact Us

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Masud Shamsid-Deen

Executive Director,
Career & Technology Education

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Mary Worthington

Community Relations
Manager

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Maria Conroy

Executive Director,
Excellence in Education Foundation

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