Career & Technical Education

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Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. 

Mission Statement: The mission of the Career and Technical Education department is to offer every student opportunities to actively explore career options and develop the knowledge and skills to successfully compete in the economic and educational field of their choice.


High School Showcase:  January 23, 6-8pm

Round 2 of Academy Applications Open: January 23


CTE Newsletter, January 2016


What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers.
In CTE programs, you will learn how core subjects like math, science and technical writing are used in careers. 


  • Includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more 
  • Fulfills employer needs that are high (skill, wage, demand) 
  • Integrates academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum 
  • Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees. 
  • Prepares students to be college and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills. 
  • Educates students for a range of career options through 16 Career Clusters and 79+ pathways. 

Currently Northwest ISD’s CTE program has 4,470 students enrolled in 14 different career clusters at the high school level and occupies 5,262 seats daily. Just over 70% of high school students are currently taking at least one CTE course. 
This enrollment includes a total of eight career academies. Overall, CTE program has increased enrollment by 42% over the last five years. 

CTE in Action