Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Calallen ISD provides a safe, secure and challenging learning environment, through the responsible use of all resources, to afford opportunities for all students to realize their individual potential and to become responsible and productive members of society.
Welcome and Overview
Welcome to the exciting world of Career &Technical Education (CTE) at Calallen ISD! The Career & Technical Education Department, using integrated instruction and curricula, current technologies and state-of-the-art equipment and business partnerships, creates a learning environment that empowers all students to join the constantly changing workforce.
Career & Technical Education courses are a great way for students to prepare for the highly technological and competitive workplace of the 21st century. CTE programs are designed to prepare students for life-long success in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations and career fields.
Career & Technical Education Programs in Calallen ISD:
- Reinforce state and national academic standards;
- Provide students with instruction and training in career areas of interest;
- Link to business and industry in the region;
- Offer career development activities;
- Provide ability to earn certifications;
- Prepare students for challenges on higher education and a global, competitive workplace;
- Provide rigorous instruction through hands-on problem solving and projects; and
- Allow students to receive college credit for courses taken through articulation with local community colleges.
The mission of the Calallen High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) department embraces quality instructional practices and works to develop and expand college and industry partnerships to prepare all students for post-secondary education and success in a challenging, globally competitive workforce.
A Bit of History about Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Through CTE, students in Calallen ISD have the opportunity to enroll in programs of study that consist of over 42 different CTE elective courses arranged within 8 Career Clusters designed to meet the ever changing demands of our regional, state and global workforce.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) can trace it roots back over 200 years and more to our country's rich heritage of apprenticeship training. Later, formal occupational education programs were established by the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 providing federal funding and guidelines for program design and accountability. Even in its infancy, CTE has always met the academic and technical training needs essential to build a strong, educated, skilled nation.
Since the 1960's with the implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Act of 1963, Career and Technical Education has evolved dramatically. Not only have we experienced name changes (from Vocational Education prior to the 1960's, to Vocational Technical Education through the 1980's, to Career and Technology Education (CATE) in the early '90's, to Career and Technical Education (CTE) in 2006); CTE has had a constant shift in focus and rigor. The consistent evolution of our CTE programs is critical to meet the increasing demands for academic rigor, integration, and to prepare each and every student for success in an ever evolving, demanding global workforce.
In Calallen ISD, our CTE teachers and programs strive to remain on the forefront of technological education, academic integration, service to the community, personal growth, and college and career readiness.
Are you ready for the challenges of the 21st Century globally competitive workforce? Our CTE students will be!