The future generation of Clark County is getting “Futureready.” Futureready Industry Tours is the name of the first in a series of tours connecting CCSD high school students with industry leaders.
The tours allow the Clark County School District to showcase its magnet programs, which will give students a chance to prove they have what it takes to professionals.
“It’s a good feeling knowing there are people watching us and knowing we’re capable of doing something outside of school,” said Skylar Lao, student.
CCSD teamed up with Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LGVEA). The company attracts, retains and expands companies.
Knowing what businesses want out of an employer, LVGEA is helping connect students like Lao to what they need.
Lao is a senior at Southwest Career and Technical Academy, but he has already enlisted in he Navy as a machinist mate.
“Anything in the Navy that moves on the boat, I learn how to take it apart and fix it,” Lao said. “I’m already learning most of that stuff here.”
Engineering isn’t the only focus of magnet schools. From communication and creative arts to fashion design — CCSD has 36 magnet schools equipping students with the skills they need to get into a career or college.
“What I’m totally impressed with is their social skills and their ability to come up and approach us to tell us about their projects,” said Byron Goines, Business Engagement Specialist for Workforce Connections.
The tours create opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, and careers.
“These students will have the career and tech ed credits that go with them, and certifications that allow them to walk into the job and be able to be successful on the first day,” said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.
Four more tours are planned at various CCSCD magnet schools.