River Road ISD expands trades education for high school students
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RRISD officials cut the ribbon to the district's new cosmetology lab.

River Road High School students have expanded options for life after graduation.

River Road Independent School District this week unveiled its renovated and expanded facilities for cosmetology, nursing and welding programs. The goal, Superintendent Richard Kelley said, is to help the Texas Panhandle address future employment needs by generating students who attain certified skills in these fields upon graduation.

Shortages of skilled trades workers will continue in the near future as current workers reach retirement age and leave their fields, Kelley said.

The school district, with the help of community and business partners, were able to renovate River Road facilities to house the three programs, which also have been expanded said Glenn Perky, president of the RRISD board of trustees.

The district plans to expand its trades offerings in the future.




Mike Smith is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. Contact him at mike.smith@actx.edu, on Twitter at @newsmithm and on Facebook.