Did you know . . .

Career and Technical Education (CTE) creates Pathways to success for all secondary students by providing him or her with the technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education.

Career and Technical Education encompasses a variety of programs structured to equip students with work and life skills.  In Frenship ISD, over 1,700+ students (grades 7-12) participate in CTE courses annually that help them explore career options and develop occupational skills.  The curriculum of CTE gives students the practical experience they need to succeed through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory work, and on-the-job training. 

Career and Technical Education is an essential component of the total educational system in Frenship ISD and is critical to this region and state's ability to compete in a global economy.  CTE is provided in a variety of settings and levels including middle school career exploration, secondary programs, post-secondary certificates and degrees, and customized training for employees in the workplace.

Career and Technical Education jump starts students' careers by preparing them for jobs while still in, or just out of, high school.  Students gain an advantage in increasing their earning power by entering the job market early.  In Frenship ISD, all graduating students have taken at least a CTE course in high school, and approximately 60% of all high school career and technical graduates enter a technical school, two-year college, or four-year college.

The role of Career and Technical Education is to:

  • Provide career and technical education in the K-12 system of this school district.
  • Introduce students to career options.
  • Assist in developing of career goals.
  • Provide technical skills.
  • Provide occupation-specific skills.
  • Prepare students for further education and training.

CTE Programs of Study

Supporting Programs

  • Principle Courses:  Allows students, through activity-centered lessons, to utilize technology, develop beginning skills, and explore careers.  This course provides information regarding additional courses and training related to each student's career field of interest.
  • Associate Degree & Certificate Plans:  Allows students to achieve an associate's degree or technical certificate by taking the necessary CTE dual credit and/or articulated courses laid out in a four-year high school plan through our local community college.
  • Industry Certifications:  Provides statewide and nationwide competency-based student assessments recommended by our industry partners to certify students' particular industry skills that are measured by core standards and competencies needed to be successful in the workforce.
  • Work-Based Learning:  Gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community.  By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, work-based learning creates relevance for students.

Is there any proof CTE works?  Yes!

  • Students who take two or more CTE courses are less likely to drop out of high school according to the Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System report by the Texas Education Agency.
  • High School CTE programs prepare students for the many high paying, high demand, and high-tech jobs requiring an industry certificate, associate's degree, and/or bachelor's degree.
  • Students taking a coherent sequence of courses in CTE have test scores equal to those who are "college prep" students.

Secondary Student Participation in Frenship ISD (By the Numbers)

  • Over 1,900+ students (grades 7-12) participate in CTE courses annually.
  • Over 55% students complete three or more courses in the same CTE program area.
  • In 2010-2011, 282 students earned a skill certificate by passing an industry certification exam at 90% or above.
  • Over 15 hours of dual college credit and/or articulated credit are earned by CTE students.

Our vision is to see that every student has the opportunity to explore a variety of careers areas, throughout high school, that will equip him or her with the academic knowledge, technical and employment skills vital for entry into the evolving workforce of the 21st century.