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Los Mesteños Career Academy Gets Ag Grant

October 3, 2013   ·   0 Comments

Los Mesteños Career Academy works to build the future’s workforce.

During the last legislative session, the Texas Legislature moved to streamline high school graduation requirements and better prepare students for life after graduation. Recognizing that there is a critical shortage of skilled workers, we also created a graduation pathway that will allow for students to learn a trade and leave high school with a certification to get a good-paying job and have a lifelong career.

There are many groups in South Texas that are helping to train the next generation of highly-skilled workers. One of them is the Los Mesteños Career Academy. This school, located in Falfurrias, draws students from across South Texas into their programs. They currently offer programs to train electricians, nurses and in computers. Recently, Los Mesteños received a $115,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Parallel Pathways to Success Grant Program. In fact, Los Mesteños was the only South Texas grantee to receive an award.

Parallel Pathways was designed specifically to meet the workforce needs of rural Texas communities. “By ensuring our future workforce has the skills employers need, we are encouraging economic development in rural communities,” said Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. This award speaks to the academy’s hard work and efficacy in training tomorrow’s workforce leaders. “We have…come up with innovative ways to help the kids get on a good path,” noted Lavoyger Durham, vice president of the Rural South Texas Economic Development Corporation.

The greater South Texas region is poised for tremendous growth and opportunity as we benefit from increased trade with foreign nations and more domestic energy production. I applaud Los Mesteños for their work in this endeavor and am proud of our community for receiving this grant.

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