TISD: Don Ringler Toyota, Chevrolet joins Temple Independent School District to ready students for jobs

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No time to idle: Don Ringler Toyota, Chevrolet joins Temple Independent School District to ready students for jobs

TEMPLE, TX, July 10, 2018 – High school seniors in the automotive program at Temple Independent School District get to engage in industry-specific job-site training thanks to a new partnership with Don Ringler Toyota, Chevrolet. The partnership was unanimously approved by the board of trustees.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 76,000 automotive mechanics are needed each year to fill gaps left by those retiring or leaving the industry.

Director of career & technical education, Denise Ayres, recognizes the industry need and aims to prepare students for workforce by increasing the relevance of classroom learning with real-world experiences provided by industry partners like Don Ringler Automotive.

“Relevant education happens best in collaboration with work-site experiences,” Ayres said. “By giving students learning experiences outside the traditional educational walls, they are able to apply their skills and thus learn more quickly.”

Dealer principal, Donnie Ringler, said, “Our goals are to be an asset to TISD and to help bridge the gap for students looking to enter into a career in automotive technology.

Ringler is spearheading the collaboration with Temple ISD.

“We feel that by participating, the students involved will better equipped and accustomed to the workplace environment and the skills needed to succeed. By doing this, we hope to enable members of our future workforce to maximize their potential, which is beneficial to our dealerships and our community,” Ringler said.

“The partnership not only highlights the support we have from our local businesses, but the commitment to ensure our students receive relevant educational experiences,” said Dr. Bobby Ott, superintendent for Temple ISD. We are truly thankful for Don Ringler and look forward to a continued partnership.”

The Temple ISD automotive program is just one of more than 75 courses across 15 different career clusters for high school and middle school students which target training for high-skill, high-wage, in-demand jobs.

About Career & Technical Education at Temple Independent School District

The Temple Independent School District (TISD) Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department educates today’s students to become leaders in tomorrow’s workforce using integrated instruction and curricula, current technologies, workforce aligned equipment, and, most importantly, business partnerships to create learning environments that empower students to enter the constantly changing workforce. TISD CTE courses integrate academic rigor, technical, and employability skills thus preparing students for the highly technological and competitive workplace of the 21st century.

Denise Ayers, Director of Career & Technical Education