Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business to debut August 2020

The Tomball ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the creation of the Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business on Dec. 10, the first on-site education program of its kind in the state. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Tomball ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the creation of the Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business on Dec. 10, the first on-site education program of its kind in the state. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Tomball ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the creation of the Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business on Dec. 10, the first on-site education program of its kind in the state. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Tomball ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the creation of the Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business on Dec. 10, the first on-site education program of its kind in the state. (Logo courtesy Tomball ISD)
The Tomball ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the creation of the Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business on Dec. 10, the first on-site education program of its kind in the state and the second program of its kind in the nation, said Allison Suarez, TISD's director of communications and marketing. The academy is different from other energy and business educational programs in the state because of its on-site component at Tomball-based BJ Services, she said.

"Our Academy of Energy and International Business will be the first of its kind in the state and only the second in the nation, so Tomball ISD continues to be a destination excellence district," Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said during the meeting.

The academy, created through a partnership with BJ Services, will open in August 2020 enrolling students from the class of 2024, according to a Dec. 10 news release from TISD. The academy will be located at BJ Services' corporate headquarters on FM 2920 in Tomball and allow accepted students to pursue two programs of study—energy and international business—with all courses completed at BJ Services’ state-of-the-art labs and facilities, according to the release.

“BJ Services is excited to partner with Tomball ISD,” said Warren Zemlak, the president and CEO of BJ Services—the leading provider of hydraulic fracturing and cementing services to upstream oil and gas companies in North America—in the release. “Together, we are providing a location and specialized resources for local students to prepare for a career in the oil and gas industry.”

The academy will provide rigorous job-embedded programs of study, according to the release, with students having the opportunity to prepare for careers in the oil and gas industry as well as the global market. Accepted students will take courses in the career pathway alongside their core academic classes. Students will stay assigned to their home high school, Tomball or Tomball Memorial, but have the option to earn at least 12 credit hours through Lone Star College-Tomball, according to the release.


“By implementing yet another innovative learning opportunity for our students, our commitment to offer real-world experiences coupled with our already-rigorous curriculum is of the utmost importance. We strive to challenge and inspire our students to dream big and explore new programs of study and we feel this academy will help prepare our students for our global society,” Salazar-Zamora said in the release. “We are extremely excited about the future success of this new learning opportunity.”

Incoming ninth graders from the class of 2024 will make up the academy’s first group of students. All incoming ninth graders are eligible to apply for the program, according to the release.

“With this one-of-a-kind partnership, our students will have unprecedented access to experts in the realm of oil and gas,” said Rick Fernandez, TISD's assistant superintendent of secondary schools, in the release. “I’m very proud to be a part of this opportunity and can’t wait for our first cohort of students.”
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By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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