Affiliated with Ford Next Generation Learning and RGV LEAD, La Joya ISD held it’s first induction ceremony of The Academies of La Joya ISD where over 700 students and their parents were in attendance.

The Academies were created by the district to strengthen partnerships with potential employers, offer students internship opportunities, and be college and career ready. The unique connection between classroom curriculum and real world experiences are what makes the Academies truly meaningful!

Beginning in this current school year, inducted students became a part of a team, (who for four years) will venture on a pathway to discover their passion. Academy freshmen choose and apply from within 5 academies: STEM, Business & Industry, Public Service, Arts & Humanities, and Health Science Professions.

“We now have a sustained direction in our lives – and going to school with a purpose. I’m grateful to La Joya ISD for making these academies possible,” stated Palmview HS student speaker, Servando Salinas, in his address.

Belonging to the Academies of La Joya ISD not only raises student expectations, but also develops more rigorous study habits while instilling valuable leadership skills. Academy students learn the importance of planning for the future and how to take the proper steps to get there.

“It has been almost 3 months since we started our journey with the academies. It may sound very little, but we have accomplished a lot. We are eager to show how successful we can become,” added Juarez- Lincoln HS student, Leslie Marquez.

As the district embarks on this new and challenging endeavor, this first induction ceremony is the first of many more to come;  providing students with the opportunity to get a head start on their future.