The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted a community meeting for U.S. Department of Education Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin and local educators, employers and community based organizations that focused on career and technical education.  This event took place on the campus of SAISD’s Fox Tech High School on Thursday, September 15.

The visit, which was a part of the week-long U.S. Department of Education’s seventh and final Back to School Tour, celebrated progress in communities and states across the country. The “Opportunity Across America” tour kicked off on Monday, September 12 in Washington DC and ended Friday, September 16. More info on this tour and the other cities on the tour can be found in a recent press release.

“We were pleased to host the Assistant Secretary in San Antonio to showcase all the amazing work our partners have been doing to strengthen career and technical training in the region,” said Richard Perez, President & CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

“The level of strong partnerships between members of the San Antonio community around training young people to be economically competitive and successful is truly inspiring,” said Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. “The next step is really to see increased opportunities for students to have that on-the-job experience many of us had when we were young,” said Uvin.
Prior to the visit, Assistant Secretary Uvin toured the Health Professions Institute located at Fox Tech High School to learn more about that program along with the newly launched Advanced Learning Academy and the soon-to-launched CAST Tech High School, a partnership between SAISD and H-E-B.

“Fox Tech is quickly becoming  the breeding ground for amazing and innovative ways for teaching young people and educator training and preparation,” said Pedro Martinez, Superintendent for SAISD.  “This campus which had no more than 500 students a few years ago is now projected to have close to 2,000 students in just a few years,” said Martinez.

Community partners who participated in the convening included representatives of Toyota Texas, SA Works, Alamo Academies, My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio, Open Cloud Academy, Project Quest, and Goodwill Industries of San Antonio.
For more information on the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, visit their website.

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