Ernest Cox has been the Director of JISD Guidance and Counseling for years and his many contributions are known around the state in many other school districts. The Texas Counseling Association has recognized Mr. Cox's work being selected to receive the 2015 Texas Counseling Association Outstanding Counselor Award. This is the TCA's way of celebrating his body of work to the profession over the years and acknowledges his innovative perspective in counseling. He will be formally recognized at TCA's Awards Ceremony on November 5, 2015 during the 59th Annual Professional Growth Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Ernest Cox has been a leader in his field and many counselors across the state have looked to him as a great resource for ideas and pathways to more effective ways of working with students and their families towards success. We congratulate Mr. Cox for this achievement.
The PREP program is a unique academic opportunity for secondary students that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)...in fact the acronym PREP stands for Prefreshman Engineering Program. It gives kids the chance to pursue some great abilities and aptitudes they have and helps them flourish and grow. This ceremony was sponsored by the Judson ISD Board of Trustees and was hosted at the JISD Performing Arts Center. It recognized those participating in the PREP Year 1 and included medals to reward their accomplishments in the program. We congratulate them and look for them to continue on to further develop their talents.
In the coming years you are going to hear a lot more about CTE programs. That's Career and Technology Education. The reason, there are so many companies that are looking for skilled people to fill a growing need in the business and techology world. One of the real pillars of the CTE program in Judson ISD is Julian Acevedo. He has been a great leader and motivator to CTE students at Kitty Hawk Middle School for a long time. Well now he has been elected by his peers to serve as the President of TIVA...that's the Texas Industrial Vocational Association.
Mr. Acevedo has been recognized by the JISD Board of Trustees many times for various awards and his students have always been very successful in SkillsUSA contests around the state. He is an awesome teacher and we congratulate Mr. Acevedo for his willingness to share his experience and leadership with other teachers through this TIVA position.
Mr. Acevedo is seen here with student Eliana Parada. Both recently attended a summer leadership conference in Canyon of the Lakes in Burnet, Texas
Technology is a growing industry with an impact in virtually every walk of our modern life. Education has certainly been affected and Judson ISD's Technology has proven to be a leader in innovation among not just public education, but in general public sector applications as well. JISD's Tech Department recently was awarded a Best in Texas Technology Award by the Center For Digital Government. It was a selection as "Best In-House Developed Application," for the district's Parent Center. The Parent Center is an application that keeps parents informed about important areas such as grades, assignments, attendance, library books, discipline, lunch accounts and more. And it's all in one place that's accessible from multiple devices.
The popularity of this tool has been growing with usage up across the board for administrators, parents and especially students. All this was developed in house by the innovative folks from the JISD Technology Services Department. They are a "Best In Texas" Selection...Congratulations .