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Press release courtesy of BAHEP

BAY AREA HOUSTON, TEXAS  – GISD has become a member of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. 

Within GISD there are several departments that make up the educational system. One of those is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department. Within the CTE Department, students are taught workforce skills in areas including: Welding, AV Production, Commercial Photography, Graphic Design, Construction, Automotive, Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary, Cosmetology, Biomedical, Computer Science, Business/Entrepreneurship, Health Science (CNA/PCT/Phlebotomy/EMT), Distribution & Logistics, Engineering, and Networking/Cybersecurity. GISD is currently working on establishing a Maritime program with Galveston College and Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Brian Freedman, BAHEP president, welcomed GISD saying, “Education, in its many forms, is fundamental to the advancement of our community.  For many years, BAHEP has championed career and technical education in Bay Area Houston’s independent school districts and within higher education institutions as well. CTE programs offer very accessible paths to lucrative careers. We strongly support GISD’s CTE initiatives and welcome them to BAHEP.”

Jennifer Edenfield, director of GISD’s CTE and Advanced Academics, said, “The general public may not be aware of BAHEP’s enormous work regarding workforce and economic development, but many of us in academia are very aware of it. For years, BAHEP has engaged with regional ISDs and colleges to offer diverse career paths that provide tremendous opportunities. It’s a privilege to join with BAHEP in this important work.”

About GISD

The City of Galveston governed Galveston schools from 1884 until 1949 when the Texas Legislature established the Galveston Independent School District (GISD). GISD is located in Galveston County and covers 94.82 square miles, including all of Galveston and a portion of the Bolivar Peninsula. The school district is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency. GISD has 6,708 students across 13 campuses.

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