College and Career Readiness, a required course for 7th graders, teaches key skills


Alex Vandierendonk and Brendan Healey

All seventh graders at Dobie Jr. High are required to take College and Career Readiness class. In fact, it’s a state law that all Texas students take it.

According to section 28.008 of the Texas Education Code, the “Advancement of College Readiness in Curriculum,” was created by the Third Special Called Session of the 79th Texas Legislature. This section requires that the Texas Education Agency ( 

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ( established discipline-based faculty teams to develop College and Career Readiness Standards ( that address what students must know and be able to do to succeed in entry-level college courses offered at Texas public community/technical colleges and universities.

The teachers who teach CCR at Dobie Jr High include: Coach Hadas, Coach Burton, Coach Harper and Ms. Williams.

In CCR class, students learn which college they want to go to and what career they want.

According to CCR teacher Mrs. Williams, “Some students might not want to go to college,” she said. She also does projects on “Career clusters.” like all the other CCR teachers do.

Kaden Troxler, 7th grader, takes CCR Class. His teacher is Mrs. Williams and he says he learns about jobs. “We learn about careers  and how they work,” Troxler said. “I am most interested in being a deejay one day.”

John Simons, 8th grader, took CCR Class last year. His teacher was Coach Adame and he says that last year,  they read and wrote and did projects. “In College Career Readiness you read and write vocab.” “Career projects hated it.”

Cahloe Natawewa, 7th grader, proudly showed off her project on a poster board: “We were given a career cluster, and we had to out all the pathways in the career and all the jobs in it.”


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