From left are Scott Brady, Drew Vincent and Joby Copely.  

Kingwood Park senior, Drew Vincent, an aspiring architect, wanted to know more about architecture before embarking upon his college studies. Humble Rotary’s goal was to develop a vocational service program where a Rotary member would provide the opportunity for a student to learn more about their business and or profession. Humble ISD’s Career and Technical Education (CATE) program has a goal to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in their post-secondary education. President Susan Brodbeck initiated Humble Rotary’s program by contacting Humble ISD Superintendent (and Rotarian) Dr.Guy Sconzo for his guidance. Sconzo referred her to Dr. Marley Morris, director of the program. Rotary Vocational Service Chair, Dr. Al Moore, spearheaded the process. Carl Joiner, a Rotarian, and principal of Joiner Architects ,offered his associates Scott Brady and Joby Copley to work with and assist Vincent during his second semester practicum at Joiner Architects.

Morris said the match-up “exceeded his expectations.” CATE Principal Bodie Wagener added, “CATE is looking forward to working with the Humble Rotary, Joiner Architects and other Rotarian’s businesses in the future. We want to get an early start next August to match students with Rotarians' businesses. It is a good fit when the young person becomes productive,” Wagener stated. “Drew is very professional and very driven, he came to Joiner’s with good preparation having passed the Auto-CAD exam prior to the start of his practicum enabling him to learn more quickly to do the projects that Mr. Brady and Mr. Copley gave him.”

Vincent said that the practicum at Joiner Architects, “Was everything I wanted it to be, affording good experience and background information. Moore added that when starting in a specific profession, the student must first “learn the lingo.” Just working at Joiner’s alongside Brady and Copley 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. three days a week has given Vincent a huge benefit compared to other students who will begin their studies in college this coming fall. Joiner Architects has also extended an invitation forVincent to work for them this summer before he enters the University of Houston Architecture School.

One of many benefits of participating in the CATE program while in high school is to become more independent while “testing the waters.” It is not a failure if a student discovers a career path is not for them as it saves everyone time, money and effort. Morris and Kristy Sparkey, the CATE coordinator, said that there are more than 8,000-plus students in the Humble ISD CATE program.

Launching this first CATE practicum as a part of Humble Rotary’s Vocational Service Avenue has demonstrated how helping young people advance fulfills a Rotary goal.

“Rotary is very keen on advancing young people,” said Assistant Governor Graham Sharp. Barbara Sharp, who heads up District 5890’s Vocational Committee, has been interested and supportive of the undertaking of this Humble Rotary Vocational project.

“Going forward, we wish to encourage other Rotary clubs and districts to include this program as part of their vocational service,” said Barbara Sharp.

Many of the projects that Humble Rotary helps with involve a budget and some dollars. This project, thanks to Carl Joiner being receptive to opening his business to Drew Vincent and the CATE program, costs nothing.

“The gift of one’s time is the greatest gift anyone can give,” Susan Brodbeck said, and that is the magic of Rotary – creating world peace and helping others one person at a time.”

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