Providing students with a Map for Their Future is vital to their success and essential for a strong economy. We just wrapped up another College Week. This may be the only time students consider their future possibilities in some school districts. In Wylie ISD, though, we consider this more of a celebration regarding the great things already happening in our classrooms each and every day.
We take the Wylie ISD School Board’s goal of “Preparing our students for a successful life beyond high school” very seriously.
For many, that is post-secondary education. College Week is a K-12, district-wide event exposing all students to what college is all about. For some students, this means learning college lingo like FAFSA, choosing a major, or speaking with a college representative about the next steps in the application process. Our teachers, staff, and Wylie ISD alumni are encouraged to share their college experiences with students. So many fun college-themed activities happen on our campuses, from morning announcements about cool college facts, college bingo, and college trivia to college-themed door decorations and college photo booths.
Our students are exposed to all things college and are given the opportunity to consider why college may be their next best step after graduation. For example, the University of Texas at Austin visited Wylie East High School Thursday, March 16. UT surprised a future attorney at law, Mikalah Hodge, with a full 4-year scholarship. How cool is this?!? We are so proud of her and the example she sets for others destined for greatness.
Tyler Tracy is a 2014 graduate of Wylie ISD. His love for welding started in our career and technology labs and grew to a degree from the Tulsa School of Welding and a $120,000 career as a Welding Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager that takes him all over the United States.
Devin Chaky is a National Merit Scholar and an Electrical and Computer Engineering major at the University of Texas pursuing a career in Firmware Engineering. Devin was a state robotics champion in high school. We educate our students on careers from an Awareness, Knowledge, and Preparation approach that has increased the number of students going to college from 50% in 2011 to 80%+ today.
PREPARING YOUR KIDS FOR COLLEGE, THE WYLIE WAY!
Want to know more about how our kids feel about preparing for college in Wylie? Listen to our Achieving Kids Podcast.