Laura Torres joined ESG in 2021 to support the work on career readiness and aligning high quality K-12, postsecondary, and industry pathways.
Prior to joining ESG, Laura served as a Statewide CTE Coordinator within the Texas Education Agency where she oversaw the creation and implementation of the Energy Cluster for Texas high school students. She was also the CTE lead on the Methods of Administration and Results Driven Accountability program monitoring systems. In addition, she provided technical assistance for the Information Technology, Energy, and STEM clusters as well as managed contracts with an emphasis on statewide toolkits and online teacher resources. She also served as the CTE Special Populations liaison. During this time, Laura also served on the Advanced CTE Equity Kitchen Cabinet, CompTIA National CTE Council, and the Texas Student-Centered Transition Network.
Prior to joining the Texas Education Agency, Laura was the Career and Technical Education Coordinator for Barbers Hill ISD. In this role she managed a dual credit Workforce Academy with an emphasis on Welding, Process Technology, and Drafting and was a member of the Baytown Economic Development Foundation’s Workforce Preparedness Partnership. She also served as Lee College’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator and oversaw dual credit programs in 11 high schools and is a former GEAR UP Academic Advisor.
Laura has served in leadership roles with numerous community and educational organizations including Communities in Schools-Baytown, The Greater Baytown Hispanic Chamber, The Hispanic Educational Access Committee of Lee College, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Our Say, and the National Hispanic Institute. She has been recognized as one of the Baytown Sun’s Unsung Heroes, The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce-Power 60-“60 People Who Will Make a Difference”, and by MANA as one of Houston’s Outstanding Latino Educators.
Why are you in this work?
I am in this work because it MATTERS. I never wanted to have just a job, I always knew I wanted to be engaged in work that makes a difference for underserved communities.
I am excited to join this team of creative, knowledgeable professionals who share my passion in addressing equity gaps in workforce development. ESG understands the urgency of innovating new learning opportunities by working with networks of industry and employers to design apprenticeships, internships or other work-based learning opportunities.
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