Bridging For Tomorrow Invests in Future Leaders

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at Klein Forest High School provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals and enables them to connect their education to career success in tangible ways. Students have the opportunity to study fields like criminal justice, culinary arts, cosmetology, business, floral design, or engineering. Studies have also shown that juniors and seniors who complete CTE courses are more likely to graduate on time and less likely to drop out.

Over the past four years, Bridging For Tomorrow has partnered with Klein Forest to provide CTE certification exam scholarships. CTE certification exam fees vary, but one exam can cost up to $250. This amount is prohibitive for many families in our community. Students who pass these exams are then able enter the work force with proof of their skills and will have access to higher paying jobs in their field of interest. For students who are college-bound, these certifications enable them to help pay their way through school. Many of these students use their CTE certification to obtain college credit while they are still in high school.

In order to receive a scholarship, a student must complete an application and demonstrate that he or she is volunteering in some way in their community. A committee at Klein Forest then uses additional criteria like financial need, school attendance, and academic performance to select the winners.

This year, we awarded 89 scholarships. What we love about the CTE program is that it invites students to think about their future goals and imagine new possibilities. Whether they plan to enter the workforce after high school or pursue higher education, this program equips them for success. We believe that investing in the future of these students will make our community stronger.

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The scholarship program is important because many of these students are going to use these scholarships for certifications that will allow them to go into industry and workforce right away, and for some of them college is not a first opportunity. It also allows them to get experience straight out of high school in fields that don’t require a four-year degree.
— Amanda Simmons, Teacher at Klein Forest High School