The mission of Fort Worth ISD to is prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership.
With more than 84,000 students* in 83 elementary schools, 29 middle schools and 6th grade centers, 18 high schools, and 16 other campuses, Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD Schools.
One of those initiatives is the new Vital Link – Connecting Students to Careers. Vital Link is a unique business and education partnership program designed to give students and their teachers the opportunity to gain real-world work experience and apply the skills learned at school to the workplace.
Managed by the Fort Worth ISD Office of Innovation, Vital Link is championed by the Vital Link Advisory Partners Council and hundreds of participating employers providing work-based learning opportunities in nationally recognized career pathways and local programs of study for our students and educators.
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce view collaboration by employers with our school district as a best practice for talent development, attraction, and retention. They recognize that Vital Link outlines and facilitates specific linked learning opportunities that employers provide to our Fort Worth ISD students and staff. The Chambers’ commitment as partners directly helps attract, develop, and retain employees, fueling the diverse talent pipeline needed for economic prosperity.
Additional community partners include Tarrant County College, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Texas Wesleyan University, and others. Vital Link achieves mutual objectives for collective impact, achieves HB3 and 60X30TX goals, and will serve as a model for other cities and school districts partnering with their chambers of commerce.
*2019-2020 Annual Report Data