Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu addresses grantee conference in Washington DC
Last week in Washington DC, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu personally highlighted Galveston ISD in his remarks to the inaugural group of Youth CareerConnect grantees. Lu joined Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton to welcome school and district representatives from across the country who gathered to discuss how to redesign the high school experience to prepare students for next generation careers. Galveston, along with only one other ISD from Texas, is being awarded $4 million as part of the program. Overall, 24 Youth CareerConnect awards across the country will provide $107 million to high schools and their partners as they redesign the teaching and learning experience for students to more fully prepare them for a successful future. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, will help prepare Galveston students to succeed academically and graduate career-ready in high-demand fields such as information technology, engineering, and health care. Convened by a backbone organization, Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance, the winning collaboration is a groundbreaking partnership between K-12 education, higher education (Galveston College), the local workforce investment board, and the business community.