College 1st has established a partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, The Academies to Nashville, and RGV LEAD to bring the Ford Next Generation Learning Model to School Districts across the Rio Grande Valley.
Ford STEAM Experience video
Ford NGL Business and Community Engagement Training - Rio Grande Valley video
Ford NGL Superintendent's Council
A South Texas delegation of over 175 members composed of School Board members, Superintendents, School administrators from 8 school districts along with business and community leaders have participated in the Academies of Nashville Study Tour, a Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) Model Community. Ford NGL is a unique and comprehensive initiative that brings together educators, employers, and community leaders to implement a proven model for transforming secondary schools and the entire workforce development system. Ernesto Villarreal, Ford NGL Leadership Council Member, has been working in partnership with Dr. Norma Salaiz, RGV LEAD Executive Director, along with an innovative and visionary group of South Texas Superintendents, postsecondary, Business and Community Leaders to adopt the Ford NGL Model for school districts across the Rio Grande Valley. Members of the South Texas Delegation visited the Academies of Nashville for two days where they participated in school visits engaging with Academy Students, Principals, Teachers, Counselors, Community, and Business partners. They participated in role-like sessions with district administration including: Board Members, the Superintendent, the Academic Chief of Schools, Economic Development Representatives, and Community Partners.
The Metropolitan Nashville Public School system has over 83,000 students with 12 comprehensive high schools and over 266 active business partners. A few years ago they developed a Master Plan adopting the Ford NGL Model, which has resulted in increasing their graduation rate by over 20% and their attendance to 93% in less than 7 years. Ford NGL blends the expertise of stakeholders within and across communities. Three distinct but interconnected strands comprise the Ford NGL framework, which enables whole communities to design and carry out a long-term plan for revitalizing education:
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Creating meaningful learning experiences that enable students to learn and apply academic, 21st century, and technical knowledge
and skills to real-world challenges
Transforming the Secondary School Experience
Creating and maintaining career and interest-themed academies and collaborative culture, structure, and practices
Transforming business & civic engagement
Engaging employers, educators, and community leaders in building and sustaining a transformed secondary school experience