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Crosby ISD approves course that gives special needs students more employable skills

January 23, 2019

There will be a new course for certain Crosby High Schoolers next school year.

Kind of.

At the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the board approved the implementation of the Innovative Course, General Employability Skills.

Todd Hicks, Crosby ISD’s Executive Director of Secondary Education explained that it’s a course that will be offered to certain special education students to complement their being placed with local businesses.

Crosby ISD already has a course that teaches employability skills to special education students, but it was locally created. This new course is approved by the Texas Education Agency, so it will count toward graduation credit requirements.

“The kids probably won’t recognize much of a difference,” said Hicks. “We might have more focus on certain skills before they go into their workplace setting, but the transition is going to be very smooth because they’re already accomplishing what this course is designed to do anyway.”

He explained that the Innovative Course designation is a way that the TEA adapts courses that are not part of the standard educational program but which they still see value in for school districts to use.

“This course is designed to educate students on the skills that are considered essential in any employment situation, including personal appearance, job-related social skills, working as a member of a team, organization, and work ethic. Students learn and apply basic knowledge of what is expected in the workplace to prepare for future career success,” reads the description of the course from the Texas Education Agency’s website.

Hicks said that there is the potential in the future to open up this course to any interested Crosby High School student.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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