2015 Nov 18: RISD’s CTE OSHA Certification Recipients

Vocational Education has always been a part of Rockdale ISD’s education program, however in the last decade the emphasis on this important aspect of education has taken a lesser role. Thankfully, in the last few years the pendulum has swung back to revitalize vocational education under the umbrella of Career and Technology Education. Rockdale ISD is very fortunate to have Sari McCoy as our CTE Director, so CTE has this week’s focus.

The weather is changing, jackets are finding their way out of the closet, and we are entering the season of celebration and thanksgiving. It is no different in Rockdale ISD. We have so many things to be thankful for and to celebrate! I would like to take a moment and share just one with you.

This year, in Career and Technology Education (CTE), we offered the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification for the first time. We have just under 100 students sitting for this certification. Mind you, this is not a “modified version” of training, but the actual course that many industries require from their employees.

According to CareerSafeÒ, “The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry provides training for entry level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights.”

On October 23, 2015, we celebrated with David Costilla and Marcos Gonzales as they were the first two Tigers to receive their OSHA 10 certification. We are so proud of these two students and all of our CTE students who challenge themselves to be authentically prepared for postsecondary education and the 21st Century workforce.

The OSHA 10-Hour General Industry certification transcends all industries. Ms. Commerford, Principal of RHS, shared with me recently that one student received an advancement at work because they are now OSHA certified. The education RISD offers is truly life applicable. What a great example of this truth!

I am excited for all that RISD CTE program offers our students and am anticipating significant growth in the future. Thank you for your support of CTE and of RISD. It’s a GREAT day to be a TIGER!