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Abilene ISD Implements New College Curriculum

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Colleges in the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) will soon begin to see new programs added to their courses. The district says it plans to start offering classes like robotics and coding, life skills, leadership, and other skills they’ll need.

An Abilene mom, Tiffany, says offering lifestyle classes for students at a young age will be beneficial.

“I think it helps because you’re laying a foundation at a young age before they get into those etched habits,” Tiffany said.

Dr. Ketta Garduno is the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum Education for AISD. She says it has been several years since the district made major changes to middle school courses.

“We’ve worked very hard to try to align some of the courses we offer either with the skills students need to succeed academically or in life, or with career survey type information so that they can establish these links over time. they choose high school courses or expose them to specific high school courses,” Dr. Garduno said.

Now that AISD high school campuses have eight-period days, Dr. Garduno says the focus is no longer on earning a lot of eighth-grade high school credits.

“Instead, our goal at the middle school level really needs to be to expose kids to a variety of opportunities, things that they might be interested in,” Dr. Garduno said.

Dr. Garduno says that so far, feedback from parents and students has been nothing but positive.

“Our children are excited to have choices, and they’re learning more about those choices now,” Dr. Garduno said.

She believes these new courses will help students think about their future career options. Now a group of university leaders is being assembled, as Dr. Garduno says they want to spend all their resources.

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