EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District recently announced that it has joined forces with H-E-B and education technology company Rocket21 for a pilot program aimed at bringing 21st century career education to its middle school students.

Edinburg CISD was one of 20 school districts in the state selected for the pilot program, which was funded by H-E-B. Rocket21 created the education and career planning online platform, called Texas21, designed exclusively for Texas middle school students.

“Texas21 is directly aligned with Edinburg CISD’s emphasis on College and Career Readiness for our students,” ECISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Eva Tristan Torres said. “The Texas21 curriculum promises to be an engaging, interactive, and informative program. Our principals and counselors are excited and anxious to bring the program into our classrooms. Our kids are going to love it!”

Edinburg CISD rolled out the program to its eighth-grade students during the 2016-2017 school year, but hoped to expand the program to its seventh graders during the next school year. Texas21 is expected to roll out in hundreds of Texas schools in the fall of 2017.

Texas21 offers students an engaging, immersive educational experience that guides them through an exploration of their interests and passions, while helping them to create their personal graduation plan in one of five endorsement areas, as required by Texas House Bill 5.

Advancing through the curriculum's sequence of 21 challenges, students formulate their interest profiles, identify relevant career options, and connect with real world professionals from hundreds of fields, before developing a graduation plan containing courses that are available in each student’s district.

The program provides schools with an education and career planning solution aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Career Development, Career Exploration and Career Portals, for academic credit.