Q. What are the benefits to students?
A: By completing an Education, Healthcare, or Welding Pathway, students graduate high-school with skills/credentials that allow them to go to work in an in-demand career, or get a head-start on completing college. By partnering with our neighboring districts, we can offer our kids more opportunities.
Q: Which districts are a part of the PBIZ?
A: The PBIZ is comprised of four independent school districts: Buena Vista, Crane, Grandfalls-Royalty, and McCamey.
Q. How does PBIZ work?
A: By teaming up together, we are able to offer MORE options to students. Kids from one district are able to take certain classes at the other districts. By pooling our resources, we can offer our kids more options to help them graduate career and college-ready.
Q: Will my child have to miss other classes? What about football and band?
A: Campus counselors are prepared to work with your child’s schedule so they do not have to miss other classes or extracurricular activities.
Q: How do students enroll in a PBIZ Academy?
A: Enrollment is fast and easy! Contact your school administrator or school counselor. Or, contact PBIZ Director Sara Saleem at email@example.com for more information.
Q. What are the requirements/eligibility for my student to participate in the PBIZ?
A. Students at any of the PBIZ districts are eligible to participate in the PBIZ.
Q. Do students have to apply to attend an academy in the PBIZ?
A. No, as long as the student attends one of the participating districts, they can attend a PBIZ academy.
Q: What are the costs?
A: There are no costs for students or families to participate in the PBIZ Pathways and Academies.
Q: Is transportation provided?
A: Yes, transportation is provided.
Q. What are the academy offerings in the PBIZ?
A. The PBIZ takes a “phase-in” approach to the development and launch of Career and Technology Education pathways and innovative experiences. We currently offer:
Grow Your Own Educator Academy
- Education Aide
- Associate of Arts in Teaching
We plan to expand in the 24-25 school year by offering:
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Academy
- Auto Mechanics
*Subject to change with community and district input
Q. What courses are currently offered?
A. Buena Vista ISD is hosting an Education Pathway. Students from the participating districts can attend classes at Buena Vista ISD. This Pathway will be four courses taken over a student’s high school career that will enable him or her to graduate ready to work as a Teaching Aide, graduate with an Associates degree, or enroll in a teaching education program at a four-year college. These classes will be dual-credit through Midland College. This means your child will graduate high school with college credits already completed, saving time and money.
McCamey ISD is hosting a Healthcare Pathway. Students from the participating districts can attend healthcare classes at McCamey ISD. If a student completes a 4 course sequence, they can graduate with a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification. They will earn college credits through Odessa College for coursework.
Grandfalls-Royalty is hosting a Welding Pathway. High school students from the participating districts can attend welding classes at Grandfalls Royalty and graduate ready to work in this in-demand industry.
Q. If my district is interested in joining, who can I contact?
A. Please contact the Director of the Permian Basin Innovation Zone:
Sara Saleem – firstname.lastname@example.org