Future Ready Prepares Families for Success

Future Ready Prepares Students and Families for Success
Future Ready

October 12, 2015 – Amarillo ISD high school students and their families are invited to attend Future Ready Monday, October 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Tascosa High School commons and auditorium. Jonathan Sprinkles, award winning speaker, will host the evening and mediate a panel of college experts as they answer questions on the minds of many who are applying for college and financial aid.

“We have resources throughout our community students and families can use to further their education. With Future Ready, we’re able to bring many of those resources into one place, so everyone has the opportunity to work with them,” Program Director of Community Partnerships Denise Blanchard said.

A career fair leads Future Ready from 6-6:30 p.m., with representatives from more than 15 local and regional organizations providing lively conversation about the programs they offer prospective employees. Students and their families can then wander into the culinary arts competition, in which Caprock and Palo Duro high school teams will be serving their most prized desserts for a chance to win the people’s choice Golden Skillet award.

“This event exposes high school students to the number and variety of post-secondary opportunities available in our community. This is a chance for our culinary students to shine by demonstrating skills they have developed to their fellow students and the community,” Director of Career and Technical Education LeAnn Estep explained.

The capstone of Future Ready begins at 6:30 p.m., with a keynote presentation by Sprinkles. The panel of college experts will then be guided by Sprinkles in discussing relevant questions about college applications and financial aid. The panel of college experts is comprised of leaders, admissions representatives and students from Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University.

The evening will conclude with four $500 scholarships awarded by the Amarillo Education Foundation to one student in attendance from each of Amarillo High, Caprock, Palo Duro and Tascosa high schools.

Free Future Ready tickets are available in the College and Career Center at Amarillo High, Caprock, Palo Duro and Tascosa high schools. New this year, students only need a ticket for themselves. To be eligible for the scholarships awarded at Future Ready, actively enrolled AISD students must fill-out the back portion of their ticket and turn it in the night of the event. Students or their parents must be in attendance to be awarded these scholarships.

AISD and Xcel Energy provide this free event to power the futures of students. Supporting sponsors include Amarillo Education Foundation and Happy State Bank.

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