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Manor ISD’s Industry Connection Academy to Propel Grads to High-Paying Jobs

Manor ISD, in partnership with Austin Community College, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, and Applied Materials, is launching the Industry Connection Academy in the 2017-18 school year and looking to recruit its first cohort of students now.

The Industry Connection Academy is an innovative new program that will teach advanced manufacturing and robotics skills that are in high-demand in the Austin area. The program, which is tuition-free, will allow students to earn an Associate’s Degree with their high school diploma, so grads will be able to directly enter the workforce upon graduation. Furthermore, MICA grads will have first-in-line interview opportunities with Samsung and Applied Materials through the district’s partnership with the leading technology companies. These jobs will allow MICA grads to start earning $30,000 a year after graduation and $50,000 a year after just five-year’s experience.

“The Industry Connection Academy is going to link the innovative, hands-on education we provide at Manor ISD to the jobs that many grads want straight out of high school,” Manor ISD Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery said. “For grads who want to enter the workforce right away, there can’t be a better deal!”

The program’s curriculum will be designed with help from Samsung Austin Semiconductor and Applied Materials staff, ensuring that the MICA is always using up-to-date practices from industry leaders. Many of the classes will focus on hands-on coursework so students will need minimal training upon hire.

“The Manor ISD Industry Connection Academy is a huge step forward for our Career and Technical Education initiatives at Manor ISD,” said Barry Bacom, MISD Director of Career & Technical Education and Innovative Programs. “What we do here will set students up to be top candidates in a highly-competitive field.”

To enroll, students must be a rising 9th grader who has completed Algebra I or a rising 10th grader who has completed Algebra II. Those who are interested in applying can contact Mr. Bacom at or 512-278-4750.

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