Melissa Veach

Melissa Veach, Travis Middle School’s college/career studies teacher, was one of 25 councilors, advisors, and teachers to become Leader Fellow by the Texas OnCourse initiative. (Contributed photo)

Calhoun County ISD’s Melissa Veach was recently-selected as one of 25 counselors, advisors and teachers from across the state to become a Leader Fellow by the Texas OnCourse initiative. Veach is the College/Career Studies instructor at Travis Middle School.

Texas OnCourse Fellows are recognized as leaders in the college and career advising field. Leader Fellows boost state efforts towards college and career success by connecting educators, parents and students to college, career and military readiness resources, supporting professional growth and learning, and improvising state tools for college and career preparedness. Texas OnCourse Leader Fellows help transform college and career planning in Texas.

Veach and the rest of this year’s Leader Fellows join an additional 20 Fellows who started work in 2018. Among last year’s Leader Fellows is Brandi Williams, Career & Technical Education Counselor at Calhoun High School. Combined, this group of 45 top educators across the state serve as virtual and in-person resources for colleagues who advise students on postsecondary planning.

Texas OnCourse’s free, interactive resources enable students to make informed postsecondary decisions and contribute to a better economic future for the state. These resources are designed to help schools meet the requirements of Texas HB 5, which revised state graduation requirements in 2013.

Since launching in 2015, Texas OnCourse is has emerged as one of the state’s top resources for college and career planning. Texas OnCourse is developed in partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Texas OnCourse resources are free to the public and can be found online at