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Vocational group seeking public’s input with survey
by Joe Baker
Oct 20, 2013 | 85 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES COUNTY – Efforts continue to move forward toward establishing a new vocational training center for students interested in energy industry related careers, and those involved in this effort are asking for the public’s help in completing a survey as part of the process of achieving that goal.

The Karnes County Eagle Ford Vocational Center Board has established a comprehensive timeline with a goal to begin both dual credit and vocational classes for all Karnes County students and the general public. The proposed vocational center plans to provide space for employee training for area industries and will be centrally located in Karnes City.

“During the next few weeks, our goal is to conduct a survey of the general public,” said D’Ann Williams, Eagle Ford Vocational Center board facilitator. “Your input is important!”

Citizens and industries in all four towns within Karnes County are being surveyed including all jr. high and high school students, their parents, county and city leaders, the general public and all industries with ties to Karnes County.

“All surveys will be conducted anonymously and all results will be published back to the public,” Williams explained.

The survey will ask all area students if they are have an interest in the center, and if so what types of courses they would be interested in taking for both immediate workforce entry after high school and/or the ability to also go onto college to further their education. Area industries will also be surveyed to gain perspective on the types of training that are needed for both immediate and long-term workforce needs.

County leadership and the general public’s input is also very important to gauge overall Karnes County interest in this project and advice on how the Eagle Ford Vocational Center should be funded.

All area students will be surveyed during school. Parents and the general public can find a link to the online survey by going to each of your school district’s main websites and finding a link to the online survey. You can also find a link via KCISD Education Foundation’s website at www.kcisdfoundation.org.

Hard copy versions of the surveys are available at local school district offices or can be obtained by calling 830-780-2321 ext. 200.

Industry and other local leaders can receive a copy of the survey by emailing info@kcisdfoundation.org.

“These survey responses will be invaluable in helping us develop our academic and building direction,” Williams said. “This board is comprised of Coastal Bend College employees, Karnes City ISD administrators, vocational industry professionals, oil corporations and board members from the Karnes City ISD Education Foundation.
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