Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Joe Gomez, along with Chuck Cook, Angela Farley, and Mike Reeser to the P-TECH Advisory Council for terms at the pleasure of the Governor.
The council, made up of statewide education and industry leaders, works to expand partnerships between school districts, higher education institutions, and business employers. The council provides recommendations to the commissioner of education on the establishment and administration of the P-TECH program, and the criteria for a campus’ designation as a P-TECH school.
The Texas P-TECH program was formed through legislation created during the Texas 85th Legislative Session as introduced by Senator Larry Taylor in SB 22. “I see this program as a way to help students get into careers while obtaining a high school diploma, an associate degree, and work experience through internships,” said Taylor.
Joe Gomez is the Director of Business Development and Community Affairs for Jordan Foster Construction in El Paso. He is a committee member of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Athletic Hall of Fame and the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is former chairman of the El Paso Museum of History Circle of Giants and the UTEP Heritage Commission, former board member of the UTEP Civil Engineering Advisory Board, and former volunteer executive director for the Alumni Academy of Civil Engineers. Gomez received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UTEP.