Written by Dr. Osakue
Dr. Shishodia, Dr. Sodipe, and Dr. Osakue from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (COSET) visited the Blanson Center for Technical Education, a campus of Aldine ISD (Independent School District) in Houston on April 8, 2021. The visit was in response to an invitation from Mr. Higgins, the Director of Technical Education for Aldine ISD.
The team did a short presentation to Aldine team about programs in COSET that Aldine ISD students could benefit from. Dr Shishodia and Dr. Sodipe explained the various summer programs being organized at TSU currently and possible future developments that Aldine ISD students can benefit from. Dr. Shishodia emphasized the possibility of the students getting stipends for participating in the TSU Summer Programs. Mr. Higgins and Ms. Ardoin-Bailey of Aldine ISD were happy to know about the programs and indicated great interest.
Blanson Center offers health profession programs such as physical therapy, nursing assistant, dental assistant, and many more that are college ready with state-of-the-art equipment and curriculum. The team visited their science department, robotic Lab, architectural and mechanical design drafting lab, manufacturing lab, welding lab, and construction technology lab. A highlight of the visit was a demonstration on a construction site simulator. It focuses on certificate programs such as robotics, inventor, certified nursing assistant, certified dental assistant etc. These certifications ensure that the graduates are probably job-ready in these disciplines. Higher education is an attractive option for the graduates in order to maximize their life-long income and enhance their economic and social wellbeing.
Aldine ISD is already pursuing cooperative efforts with Lone Star College and Houston Community College System in dual credit system. COSET offered its cooperation and partnership that will provide the advantages of a 4-year college. Aldine ISD appears to be interested in working on the idea.
COSET has invited Mr. Higgins and his team to bring their students for a visit to TSU, probably in the Fall of 2021. There was enthusiasm on both sides and an understanding for the need to continue talking to foster a great relationship between Texas Southern University and Aldine ISD. It was a wonderful experience and productive visit.