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AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re a teenager in Texas and you’re interested in the career options available to young adults with a passion for education, you’re in luck.
The state of Texas has launched a career opportunity that is geared toward youth.
Texas YouthCare will be a five-year, $10 million initiative that will offer high-quality education and career opportunities to the state’s growing population of high-achieving students.
AUSTIN — The Texas YouthCare program is designed to create an array of career opportunities for students, including internships, apprenticeships, and career technical training.
It is expected to lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual economic benefits for the state and its citizens.
“We know that high-school graduates are in high demand for jobs in the economy,” said Dr. Mark Schulz, executive director of Texas Youth.
“We need to ensure that our young people are able to find and retain employment in the state of Houston.
We believe this new program will be the catalyst to make this possible.”
The program is part of the state budget, and the goal is to expand the workforce by 1 million in the coming years, creating an even more vibrant workforce.
Students enrolled in Texas Youth’s programs are eligible for up to three years of training and experience and may apply for any of the available opportunities.
To apply, students must: be a high school senior or a student at the time of application, have a high GPA, a high SAT score, a 3.0 GPA, and have no more than two years of college experience; and be currently enrolled in a state or local school district that is not affiliated with a school district.
Applications for the program are due by May 1.
If approved, the next step is for the Texas Department of Education to determine the best and most appropriate placement for the students.
If selected, the program will begin in 2018 and will provide the students with up to six years of professional training.
Students will have to meet a minimum of four academic and career goals, which include completing at least two credits per semester, completing at a community college or university, and completing a two-year internship or other program that they are actively involved in.
The program’s first cohort of volunteers will start in 2019.
The program will expand to more students each year.
The total cost for the project is expected be in the billions of dollars.