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Texas Workforce Commissioner visits RECHS Health Careers Academy


Posted Date: 04/23/2021

Texas Workforce Commissioner visits  RECHS Health Careers Academy

Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez toured the Raymondville Early College High School Health Careers Academy. Students use state-of-the-art equipment while earning an Associate of Science degree, nursing certification, and up to 60 hours toward a bachelor’s degree.  RECHS was designated a P-TECH Campus in 2020. 

Raymondville ISD has increased student participation in College Courses and industry certification since 2017.  The college courses taken in the past two years have saved Raymondville families approximately $1.4 million in college expenses.

Commissioner Alvarez officially presented RISD with a $171,855 check for the JET grant.  

Grant funding from the Texas Workforce Commission has allowed
RISD to purchase equipment like:

•    high-fidelity manikins that students use to practice nursing skills
•    life-like anatomy and patient models for hands-on learning
•    hospital beds to create a skills lab

RECHS students demonstrated how to use the equipment, and guests from the Texas Workforce Commission got hands-on experience.  
Richard Mesquias, TSTC Foundation Senior Field Officer, was so impressed that he  announced 12 graduating seniors from the Health Careers Academy would receive scholarships to TSTC.