MCALLEN, Texas – As students head into the winter break some are walking the stage. Those include the first students of the McAllen ISD S.T.R.I.D.E.S Program.
This morning the students with the Supported Transition and Road to Independence Program celebrated as they were given their personal certifications in floral design, cake decorating, and photography.
Dr. Silvia Ibarra, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, “We had this vision to provide opportunities through South Texas College and through the classes that we offer here. Also in partnership with Workforce Readiness Solutions.”
The McAllen S.T.R.I.D.E.S Program is in its first semester. In the program, students receive guidance and instruction, all geared towards independent living. The certifications are provided in partnership with South Texas College and Workforce Solutions, who provide job readiness skills.
Maribelle Elizondo, Special Education director, “It’s very rewarding, it’s very exciting because this is the first ever here in McAllen ISD. We’re going to be able to not only be able to go out and get a job but live independently if they choose too.”
Assistant Superintendent Silvia Ibarra, who began the program says they are very grateful to the community, partners and school board in making the program a success. “It feels amazing. We’re very proud of our students and our goal is to help students be independent to provide them with the skills that they need, that when they leave us they can get employment.”
The McAllen ISD S.T.R.I.D.E.S Program is in its first year and currently serves 45 students.