Pearland Education Alliance Fundraiser for Career and Technical Programs

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Donors to the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance are expected to meet on Saturday for the organization’s Havana Nights celebration, the first of its kind for the group. The event, which will take place at Golfcrest Country Club, aims to raise $ 40,000 for vocational and technical training programs at Pearland ISD.

Cindy Buchwald is the Executive Director of NBCEA, a regional nonprofit workforce development alliance made up of leaders from businesses, industries, communities and academics formed nearly 15 years ago. years. According to its website, the goal of the NBCEA is “to align industry, business, education and government to improve regional workforce and economic growth.”

Buchwald said that, as part of this goal, the group helped the school district launch Turner College and Career High School. Terrie Morgan, founding member of the NBCEA board of directors, spoke about her organization’s commitment to promoting intensive study in the fields of automotive, health and medicine, construction, welding and culinary trade.

“The NBCEA made a presentation to the school board (Pearland ISD) to reopen a vacant college that was empty to be used for technical training,” she said. “In March 2012, the school board voted to open a college and vocational secondary school in the empty building. The school opened in August 2013.

Morgan said the goal of the NBCEA is “continuous improvement in the workforce and technology for Pearland ISD students.” Children also have the opportunity to take dual credit courses (and receive NBCEA scholarships) and advanced vocational training to potentially point them directly to a career, which benefits the local workforce.

Buchwald said around 130 people are expected to attend the Havana Nights celebration and dinner, which will include dancing as well as a live, silent auction. Guests will have the chance to bid on items made by CTE students attending Pearland High Schools.

“We have everything from baking pits, a children’s playhouse, a pecan office, services offered for corporate videos for businesses, CPR certification for businesses, culinary services for cakes. , pies and cooking classes, ”she said.

Texas Education Agency commissioner Mike Morath is also expected to speak.

Buchwald said this year’s fundraiser – which will be used to purchase lighting kits, helmets, safety glasses and other gear – is a change from the way the group has worked to fundraising in the past.

“We normally have an equipment fundraiser where local businesses and individuals attend a commercial roundtable, and we have samples of equipment and consumables like welding rods which vocational education labs and technical need, ”she said. “Businesses or individuals would then sponsor one of them through the NBCEA for us to donate to schools. “

Morgan said the events were a success, resulting in nearly $ 1 million in equipment donations. She said the Pearland ISD CTE programs have benefited from free welding equipment, pots and pans for cooking classes, hospital beds and more.

“It’s really a win-win to have the industry invested in us (NBCEA),” she said.

For more information on the NBCEA, log on to www.nbcea.org or call 832-265-3625.

Information on donations of money or material is also available on the group’s website.


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