Competitive Courses for WFISD Students

The Wichita Falls Independent School District is working hard to prepare students for life after high school.

Leah Tunnell, the Career and Technical Education Director for the WFISD, is excited for the new changes. "We've worked together with the community over the past several years to try to make our students in our district more workforce ready when they leave high school," she says.

The district created and revamped 7 courses focusing on financial planning and fashion marketing to sports and entertainment--all to keep kids involved in education.

"We really don't have anything like that right now. They are real oriented to occupations and careers and that's something we really need," says Kris Gossom, a College and Career Facilitator for Wichita Falls HIgh school.

"They are student driven and if there aren't students in the courses, we can't make the courses. Because we can't fund the teachers to have the course and we get our money from the state and the federal government based on how many students we have in each course," explains Tunnell.

At least 15 students need to sign up in each of the 3 Wichita Falls High Schools for the course to be offered. For some, the opportunity will be hard to pass up.

Hunter Wood, a student at Old High, wants to work in the entertainment business and is excited about the sports marketing class. "It seems really beneficial and I think it will help me a lot," he says.

"I think they are going to find out, wow, this is an interesting course, and interesting way I might want to go," elaborates Gossom, "A field I might want to get into or direction I might want to go as a career."

Starting Wednesday, students at the Wichita Falls High School will be briefed on all the latest course offerings. They have until February to decide what courses they would like to take.

To Tunnell, the programs will bring students one step closer to succeed after school.

"We just are trying to keep on top of it," she says, "So our kids can be ready to face the workforce when they leave high school."

New state education guidelines have eliminated the computer requirement for high school students. Tunnell plans to utilize those educators to teach the newer course offerings.

Mary Moloney, Newschannel 6