COLORADO CITY, Texas - Colorado ISD officials said they are getting ready to start a career readiness and college readiness academy within their high school.
The district was awarded a grant from the federal government for about $3.5 million over the next four years. That money will be used to create the academy among other things.
Students will get to choose between taking classes for college credits or career training for one of seven different pathways. Pathways range from nursing to welding to mechanics.
The academy is partnering with 17 businesses including hospitals, banks, and oil field companies to get students trained for jobs.
"What does it mean for students? A great opportunity to get real world experience when they're in high school. Job shadowing, go to on-the-job training, all of it paid for, all the transportation paid for," said Colorado ISD Superintendent Reggy Spencer.
The grant will also pay for tutors to help students in college classes.
"Our freshman will actually start taking college classes next year and if you're in school, that's great too, it pays for all the classes, books, tuition and fees," said Spencer.
"College is really expensive and being able to do it here, that helps a lot," said Colorado High School student Cassie Sutton
The money will also pay for new laptops for all the students.
"The laptops I'm really excited about because our computers we can't just take them home and we basically have to get everything done during the week," said Sutton.