KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
January 17, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy students have the opportunity to get hands-on experiences in a wide range of career services at the Miller Career Center. Two upcoming open houses give prospective students and parents the opportunity to learn about programs ahead of the application deadline.
Specialized Career and Technology Programs
Katy ISD’s Miller Career Center gives students real-world experiences in specialized career and technology environments. The hands-on training helps students make informed decisions about their future. They develop career-ready skills to better lead them in their post-high school education - in a trade school, college program, or job. The priority application deadline for the 2020-2021 Miller programs is Friday, February 7.
Katy ISD’s Miller Career Center will host two different open houses to allow students of various grades and their parents to learn more about what this center has to offer.
Tuesday, January 21
9th, 10th, and 11th grade students
Tuesday, February 4
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
Both open houses will be held at the Miller Career Center campus at 1734 Katyland Drive, adjacent to Rhodes Stadium.
"We are giving students real-world experiences that are far more valuable than any classroom setting," says Miller Career and Technology Center's principal Russell Faldyn. "We're providing students to make important career choices. The nation is seeing a trend where employers want students to be career ready and we're setting these students up for a successful future."
Students Still Keep Home Campus
The programs at Miller Career Center are available for juniors and seniors. Interested students apply during their sophomore year; there is a 90% or greater acceptance rate for those who apply. Once enrolled, the students still keep their home campus, but travel to Miller for two periods. There are morning and afternoon sessions, with lunch periods remaining at the students' home campus.
Students Still Participate in Extracurriculars
The Miller schedule allows students to still be able to participate in extracurriculars at their high schools. Jamiles Pryor, a senior at Taylor High School, played defensive tackle for the Mustang football team this season.
"I love cooking," says Pryor, who is part of Miller’s Culinary Services Program. "When I was younger, I used to cook with my grandma. She's my inspiration and she actually came to eat at the Old Town Bistro and was amazed and proud at what I was doing."
Pryor plans to attend the culinary school and business program at the University of Houston with dreams to become a master chef and own his own business.
Serving the Community, Getting Experience
To give students even more experience, some of Miller’s programs offer inexpensive services to the community. Katy residents can find automotive, cosmetology, and veternarian tech services.
"It's a win-win. Residents of Katy get inexpensive services and our students get more experience," says Faldyn.
Learn more about services that Miller offers to the community here.
Opportunity to Test Out Careers
These programs are designed to help students learn more about potential career paths.
"We are giving students a valuable opportunity to test out these fields rather than waste time and money in a trade school or college just to decide they don't want to pursue that field," says Faldyn.
22 Programs Offered
Miller Career Center offers a wide variety of programs from Culinary Services, Automotive Technology, Cyber Security, Hospitality Services, Architecture, Veterinarian Services, and so much more. Learn more about their various programs here.
Priority applications for Miller Career Center's 2020-2021 academic year programs are due Friday, February 7. Learn more, and apply at their website.