Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Academy of Finance Inducts New Members

More than 140 Spring Branch ISD students were inducted into the Academy of Finance and the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism last month at a ceremony at the Westin Memorial City.

Local entrepreneur Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale challenged students during his keynote address to find a career path that excites them and motivates them, that our work is what gives us purpose in life.

Students, teachers and parents filled a ballroom at the Westin to listen to McIngvale and Grace McDougall, vice-president, MHS Academy of Finance, and to watch inductees become part of the Academy.

The Academy of Finance is a customized program for Spring Branch ISD high school students interested in careers in the financial industry. Students take courses taught by business teachers with specialized training, leading to a Certificate of Financial Studies from the Texas Council on Economic Education upon completion of courses and an approved internship of at least 160 hours in a financial or business setting.

The community, employers and local colleges assist the Academy in many ways, such as serving as business partners; providing mentoring, job shadowing and/or study trip opportunities; providing 160-hour internships; enhancing curriculum by serving as industry resources or guest speakers; and providing financial support.

Students in the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism complete a one-year internship at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside, and can earn college credit from the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

Academy students who complete certain requirements are eligible for a trip to New York City the spring of their senior year, where they tour the financial district and other points of interest.

Visit SBISD Career & Technical Education - Academy of Finance for more information.


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