Reese served as first FBISD Vocational Director, described as “father of CTE in FBISD”
FORT BEND ISD (November 18, 2016) – During a Board Meeting on Monday, November 14, the FBISD Board of Trustees took action to name the District’s future CTE facility in honor of James Reese, a former FBISD math teacher who later served as the first FBISD Vocational Director from 1970-1985. He also served as the District’s first Distributive Education teacher. The James Reese Career and Technical Center will open in August of 2018 at Chatham Avenue and University Boulevard, and will serve students from all 11 of FBISD’s comprehensive high school campuses.
“The committee reviewed numerous worthy nominations, several describing Mr. Reese as the father of CTE in Fort Bend ISD, said Dr. Christie Whitbeck, FBISD Deputy Superintendent.
“Mr. Reese had a passion for helping students succeed and believed in vocational education. Although Career and Technical Education in FBISD has certainly evolved since the days of vocational education, if not for the efforts from those like Mr. Reese, the vision of today’s state-of-the-art center would not be realized. He fought to keep these programs thriving in FBISD.”
Mr. Reese’s career in education spanned a total of 36 years, with 33 in FBISD. He passed away in 2009.
Board Policy CW (Local) provides guidelines that govern the naming process, stating that the namesake, living or deceased, should have made a significant contribution to society, and the name should lead prestige and status to an institute of learning. Throughout the month of September, FBISD asked the community to submit nominations for the new facility and then established a committee to select the name. The committee consisted of teachers, parent/community/student representatives, and District staff, as well as FBISD Trustee Dave Rosenthal.
The James Reese Career and Technical Center will be funded through the 2014 Bond Program, which included $59 million dollars earmarked for CTE improvements.
The facility will offer advanced junior and senior level courses that will give students the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture and natural resources, architecture and construction, arts and audio video communications, culinary arts, cosmetology, education and training, information technology, law and public safety, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics. Students will have access to dual credit courses and multiple opportunities to earn industry certifications while completing coursework at the facility.