Tesla is collaborating with Del Valle ISD around education in Travis County, Texas. The company has created a new student training program to help those wishing to do an internship and get a job at Tesla.
About two weeks ago, Alex Torrez, principal of Del Valle ISD’s Ojeda Middle School, took over as the school district’s chief workforce development officer, in charge of crafting a student training program with Tesla. “A lot of collaboration, a lot of visioning happening with the Tesla education team,” Torrez says, according to kxan.
Although at the moment the plans for this program are only in the early stages, Tesla's intention speaks volumes. Given Tesla’s presence in this area of Texas, the company will significantly improve the lives of the local population by providing thousands of jobs, both for highly qualified employees and for those who have no special education.
Torres and Tesla are preparing to hold information sessions for students and their parents, which will take place next week. After that, a survey of interests will be conducted, according to the results of which students will receive additional information and recommendations on how to apply. Once the selection process is complete, students will be able to undertake an internship at Tesla and/or get a job at the company.
Three groups of students will be allocated for participation in the program: juniors and seniors who want to continue their education after graduation, and seniors who want to go directly into the workforce after graduation. Tesla will be handling training of seniors who want to be employed right out of school, and the rest of the students who are chosen will start training with Del Valle ISD.
“We're going to have modules that they would be working through and each one of the modules would be based on a skill that has been identified as a skill that they need to have in order to be successful out of Tesla campus,” Torrez says.
It is still being decided how exactly the process will look, but students can start training as early as this summer. “The Tesla brand, obviously, is something that all our students recognize and are excited about. Having access that they have not had in the past is certainly something that we're really excited about,” Torrez says.
In the summer of 2020, it became known about a similar program conducted by Tesla with Huston-Tillotson University. The leadership teams from HT and Tesla met to discuss academic business, pre-engineering, mathematics, and computer science academic programs. The conversation went from discussion to real strategy involving faculty collaboration, student research, and many other exciting initiatives to explore.
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