ECISD’s new coordinator of put up secondary schooling Rico Enriquez is working to steer college students towards a college-going tradition even beginning on the elementary degree.
Enriquez replaces Elizabeth Grey, who’s now the social emotional studying coordinator for the district. He can be serving to college students with every little thing from making use of to school to monetary help and enrollment.
“… We have now to convey these alternatives to these children and that’s why I’m on this this position now. Liz did an important job of speaking that out to households, to our graduates, our alumni and our present college students. However we’re continually rising, and our wants are rising, so we’ve got to deal with that,” Enriquez mentioned.
He added that it’s not simply present graduates or college students that they’re engaged on rising the college-going tradition with. It’s serving to college students even six years out and letting them know that in the event that they want help, assist is accessible.
“… It’s an incredible process. It truly is,” Enriquez, who earned his grasp’s at UTPB, mentioned. “… We’re … exhibiting them the chances and making an attempt to encourage them to seize maintain of the alternatives which are accessible …”
Certainly one of his objectives for this system is doing extra outreach with economically deprived college students.
“It’s actually about informing, participating and eradicating limitations for our college students, our households and our alumni,” Enriquez mentioned. “… As our, as we develop as our group grows, these wants are continually altering, so we’ve got to continually be in search of new methods to have interaction and to develop.”
He’s planning a FAFSA and apply to school night time from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in room C9 at George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa. There can be a collection of those nights within the coming months.
There can even be a UTPB Falcon Showcase at Permian Excessive Faculty April 13 and one at Odessa Excessive Faculty April 20. Each can be in entrance of the faculties from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Texas Tech College additionally will will convey its Centennial cell tour at 1 p.m. March 28 at Permian Excessive Faculty.
“These are some issues which are instantly occurring,” Enriquez mentioned.
He famous that the district has nice partnerships with UTPB and Odessa Faculty.
“That’s that’s invaluable to us as a result of we’re all working collectively. We wish the identical issues for our group. We all know that the extra we have interaction our college students in school enrollment and getting educated and getting licensed in one thing, the higher alternatives and probabilities we’ve got for our workforce,” Enriquez mentioned. “For those who have a look at labor market indicators … our workforce in three, 4 years we don’t have sufficient folks to do the work. We’re on this enterprise of getting to outsource. We don’t have the housing” as soon as they get the roles, both.
Enriquez mentioned it is a mixed effort of all departments resembling put up secondary and steering and counseling and curriculum and instruction.
“Everybody’s a part of that effort. … We’re built-in. We meet on a regular basis about it. What can we do to enhance our efforts? We’re continually centered on that mission and it’s focus, I believe,” he added.
Traditionally, college students have thought they didn’t have to complete highschool. They may simply go work within the oilfield.
”It’s a beautiful choice really with what they’re paying within the oilfield, however so is getting an schooling and … following your profession pursuits; not simply following a job, following a profession curiosity,” Enriquez mentioned.
“One of many issues that I believe helps me as I’m discovering this job is is my background in CTE (Profession and Technical Training); working with college students on growing profession pursuits, as a result of profession curiosity ought to be the start line as a teenager goes by college. Earlier than we begin speaking about school, we discuss profession curiosity, which leads into the place you’re going to go to school, the place you’re going to get your schooling,. We don’t simply go to school. We develop profession pursuits, so we’ve got some issues in place that tackle that by our by our ACCESS careers. program that we’ve got,” he added.
Enriquez has been with ECISD since 2003. He was at Midland ISD earlier than that. He has been a instructor, counselor and assistant principal.
He grew up in Midland and graduated from Lee Excessive Faculty and served within the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He earned a bachelor’s diploma in English language arts from Texas Tech College. He additionally has a principal certification and grasp’s diploma in counseling schooling.
He’s an authorized secondary counselor, an authorized principal and has a lifetime English instructor certification.
He added that he can converse to college students who’re interested by becoming a member of the army in a “possible way” as a result of he served.
“… The alternatives now within the army are large so far as profession. It’s not only a means to get (the) GI Invoice. It’s a profession choice for for anyone, actually. I’m in shut contact with our army recruiters. That’s one other a part of the CCMR (Faculty, Profession, Army Readiness) that we’re making an attempt to develop as a result of our college students must know that. You may get the GI invoice that may pay in your tuition and costs. However not solely that, as a Texas veteran, you may get Hazlewood Act, which is 150 free school hours. It’s free to college students, but it surely’s 150 school hours that you should utilize paid for by the college by state legislation … They soak up the fee. … If the veteran chooses to cross that on to their organic kids they’ll try this. …,” Enqriquez mentioned.
Generally that’s very interesting to college students, he added.
“They wish to expertise the world of labor and get a profession going, however then have the choice of go to school. It’s a reasonably good factor. We’re making an attempt to develop consciousness in regards to the alternatives within the army for our college students and even our” alumni, Enriquez mentioned.
He determined to enter schooling as a result of he loves working with college students and serving to them enhance their lives for the higher.
“… I got here from a household the place not too many people had school levels. My father was a really inspiring individual to me as a result of he was a highschool dropout. Then after Marine Corps when he acquired educated, he acquired the diploma. For lots of our … households … of poverty, it’s a method to a greater life and it additionally leads them to with the ability to contribute to their group and add worth again to their communities,” Enriquez mentioned.