Cross-Sector Partners

One of the most critical and powerful strategies of the WIRED Program are the partnerships we have established and will continue to expand upon for years to come.  Our industry, higher-ed, curriculum and technical skill partners participate in a number of planning and implementation activities including leadership, curriculum mapping, labor-market value, input on industry certifications, and much more.  

Actively participate in the regional pathways leadership group, contributing and performing duties that are consistent with membership in that group.

  Engage in the process of reverse mapping pathways from industry to postsecondary to K-12 to ensure that students develop the skills and competencies they need to succeed in careers.

Provide consistent and timely feedback to ensure that all certifications embedded in pathways will have labor-market value.

 Participate in the co-design and development of a regional work-based learning (WBL) continuum that provides opportunities for students to apply academic and technical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a realistic setting, engage with business and industry professionals, explore, and experience potential career options, and develop and practice essential employability skills.

Participate in and offer WBL activities and experiences (such as mock interviews, job shadowing, and internships) designed to expand the boundaries of the classroom and prepare students for future career opportunities. Activities and experiences begin as early as pre-kindergarten and continue through postsecondary education.

This toolkit is a guide for training providers, workforce development organizations, community colleges, other educational institutions, and community-based organizations deliberately integrating employer engagement into the core decision making for a successful program. It offers strategies for educational institutions and workforce development organizations in the early stages of launching a new relationship and building a strategic partnership.


Our industry partners assist us with taking a BIG idea and making it a reality.

A lifelong Texan, State Representative Keith Bell resides in Forney, Texas. Before being elected to represent House District 4 in November 2018, Keith served as a trustee on the Forney ISD School Board for 20 years, elected as president for fourteen times. Keith Bell has been in the electrical field since 1976. He founded Intex Electrical Contractors, Inc. in November, 1983 and serves as CEO/President.

Keith holds a Master Electrician’s License in the State of Texas and served the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, as past chairman of the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board. He is also active in numerous trade organizations, including the Independent Electrical Contractors Association (IEC), where he was elected to a two-year term as President of the Dallas Chapter of the IEC, and later served as the Texas IEC Chapter President. Before taking office, Representative Bell acted as IEC of Texas’ Governmental Affairs Chairman for almost two decades. Bell also serves on the Board of Directors at Baylor Scott & White Hospital-Sunnyvale.

A graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor in Business Studies, Keith and his wife, Annette, have been married for 38 years. They have two grown daughters, five grandchildren, and are members of First Baptist Church of Forney.

Representative Bell applies his conservative values, successful business skills and extensive public education knowledge to address skyrocketing property taxes, protect private property rights, local control and to act as champion for our local public schools.

Representative Bell represents House District 4, encompassing Kaufman and Eastern Henderson counties.

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Our Higher-Education Partners drive the program to success for ALL WIRED students.


Our Curriculum & Technical Skill Partners collaborate with all Stakeholders to bring it ALL together.

Students who attend the school districts below are TRULY the reason why we are WIRED! 


“When you hand good people possibility, they do great things.” 

                                                                                                                                                                        Biz Stone 

The WIRED Team


Candy Slocum is Executive Director of North Central Texas InterLink, Inc., a regional non-profit business~education alliance that was named a Model Program by the State of Texas for working with CTE Directors to align programs of study with North Central Texas employer demand. InterLink’s Board consists of seventy members who advocate for preparing a skilled workforce and building a bridge between business and education. She is a visionary who has been a Labor Market Strategist and Futurist for more than two and a half decades, Candy is a noted speaker at conferences and events where she features game changing trends that will affect the future of work. She is an Alumnae of Leadership Texas, which promotes women as leaders, Candy and her husband live on a small ranch east of Dallas with a herd of Black Brangus Cattle, American Quarter Horses and two rescue black labs. 


Judy Gentry is enjoying her second year of retirement from Granbury ISD. Judy served Granbury ISD as the CTE Director in Granbury for 12 years and was a classroom teacher for 11 years. Judy began consulting upon her retirement from Granbury ISD. She enjoys her Colorado Springs home, playing with her grandsons, and traveling with her husband. They have currently checked off 43 National Parks in their quest to visit all 63 National Parks.


Renda Songer enjoys working with innovators who love a BIG idea and have the grit to make things happen for kids.  She is a data-loving, college, career, and CTE Guru who is passionate about removing barriers for rural schools and making career connections to high-wage, high-need career fields.  She works with school districts across the state as a Grant Writer & CCMR/CTE Consultant. She enjoys her home in Nevada, TX with her husband, 5 daughters (3 are all grown and living their best life),  son, and 3 sweet little grandkids.   When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time in her shed working on crafts that no one would pay a dime for!