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Educators, business leaders attend North Texas Workforce Development meeting at Aledo ISD school

November 28, 2023

Business and education leaders from the North Texas-area gathered at Aledo ISD’s McAnally Middle School in late November for a North Texas Workforce Development breakfast focused on educating the future workforce. 

Hosted by the North Texas Commission, the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce and the Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, more than 60 people attended to start these important conversations. The event was sponsored by CORE Construction. 

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“We are proud of the fact that we are expecting that about 42% of our graduating seniors this school year will leave us with both their diploma and at least one Industry Based Certification,” Bohn said.

Representatives from neighboring school districts Azle ISD, Lake Worth ISD, Denton ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Plano ISD and Dallas ISD attended the meeting as well as representatives from the offices of State Representative Glenn Rogers, State Representative Craig Goldman and State Senator Drew Springer. Many Aledo ISD Trustees and several local business owners also attended.

North Texas Commission President and CEO Chris Wallace moderated a panel made up of Patrick Lawler, chief operations officer of ZacTax, Kelli Stumbo, Keller Williams real estate team leader and East Parker County Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman of the Board, and Forrest Collins, Aledo ISD Board President. They discussed fast-growth in Parker County, emerging industries in the county, investing in CTE and producing a skilled workforce, the real estate market, the Aledo ISD community, and more. 

After the panel, educators in attendance rotated tables to have open discussions with business and community leaders about ways to support workforce development and to connect with school districts to benefit students. 

Aledo ISD offers 18 programs of study and has added programs based on workforce market data projections for the region, focusing on pathways that are both high need and high wage. In the current school year, Aledo ISD added three new programs: aviation, architecture and cybersecurity.

“I’m so happy Aledo ISD has invested in the CTE side so that we can put a skilled workforce out there,” Lawler said. “[In] Aledo … we are raising very capable, very smart and very intelligent human beings who are going to advance technology of tomorrow.”