Education, State Officials to Visit GPISD’s Nursing Academy

This week, industry, education and state officials came to Grand Prairie to learn about the newly established Nursing Academy, an Industry Cluster Innovative Academy (ICIA) grant recipient (the ICIA grant is managed by Educate Texas) at the Early College at Grand Prairie High School. At the Early College students can earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Nursing Degree within five years of enrolling in the District’s Nursing Academy as a 9th grader.

On Wednesday, students welcomed officials from the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordination Board to demonstrate components of the school’s Smart Hospital Lab. One of only three Texas high schools chosen as showcase schools for the ICIA grants, the Nursing Academy is changing the lives of students and the future of nursing.

“Within this dynamic economy, Industry Cluster Innovative Academies are creating pathways for all students to not only meaningfully engage in today’s workforce, but meet pockets of pressing industry needs across our state,” says George Tang, managing director of Educate Texas. “We are committed to ensuring our students are college and career ready.”

About Industry Cluster Innovative Academies
Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) are open-enrollment secondary schools that offer applied learning opportunities for students in high-demand career pathways statewide. Launched in 2017, ICIA campuses partner with businesses, community colleges and universities to strengthen high school preparation that leads to opportunities in thriving local industries. The ICIA program is a Tri-Agency initiative: a collaboration between the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board and the Texas Workforce Commission.

About Educate Texas
Educate Texas, which oversees the statewide Industry Cluster Innovative Academy program, works with partner agencies the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Board of Education and the Texas Workforce Commission, to connect with and convene industry partners, drive thought-leadership around new educational models, and assess impact and continuous improvement opportunities.