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Dallas ISD students can learning real-world skills with Career and Technical Education. (Photo from DISD)

Dallas ISD students can learning real-world skills with Career and Technical Education. (Photo from DISD)

There are many benefits of Career and Technical Education (CTE). Through these programs, students connect what they learn in the classroom to the real world. Not only do students have the opportunity to explore career options, they also gain valuable skills that can be used to start a career right out of high school.

Preparing students for success can look different for each student. For some, it may mean helping them prepare for the rigors of a college curriculum, and for others, it might mean preparing them to go directly into a wide range of high-skilled, high-wage jobs after high school graduation. CTE programs have grown in popularity as more students realize there are many ways to achieve their goals. Today, career certificates have become the second most common postsecondary award in the country — surpassing associate and master’s degrees.

While still in high school, CTE students are able to earn industry-recognized career certificates that will significantly increase their ability to earn a living wage in a field that offers advancement and lifelong learning opportunities. Through these programs, students can explore a particular field of interest by taking courses that are both academic and career based. Fields of study in Dallas ISD run the gamut and include agriculture, construction, communications, finance, hospitality and tourism, and many more.

Research shows that students involved in CTE programs are more engaged in school and those who are involved in two or more CTE classes often outperform students who don’t participate in these courses.

February is CTE month and is a great time for parents to talk with their child’s counselors and teachers to find out how their child can take advantage of these programs. By getting involved with CTE programs, students can begin to explore careers early, which can help them chart a path to success.

Click here to learn more about CTE.

Other news in District 7:

February is Black History Month

Schools throughout District 7 are celebrating Black History Month with a variety of programs focusing on the legacy and contributions made by African-Americans. Programs have included a musical tribute by students at Adamson highlighting the history of Freedman’s Town, an area that was home to a large segment of African Americans during the post-Civil War era.

Counselors earn high honors

Counselors at Molina High School were selected as Bronze Award winners by the Lone Star State School Counseling Association for excellence in advocacy and leadership supporting students. Congratulations to Mata Armstrong, Paula Cortes, Ruth Gloria, Loree Jones-Huggins, Angel Vales and Courtney Fite.

National Signing Day

About 100 Dallas ISD seniors participated in National Signing Day and committed to play college sports at universities and colleges around the country. Congratulations to these District 7 students Mayra Navarro, Marissa Gonzalez, Crystal Juarez, Abigail Ramirez, Adriel Davila, Luis Navarro, Cody Morris, Marquet Stevens and Trey Wooten from Adamson High School;  Miah Zuazua, Klarissa Vielma, Marquis Clark, Victor Garcia, Albert Ramirez and Daisey Hernandez from Molina High School; and Makayla Barrientos and Sofia Linedo from Sunset High School.

Volunteer to help celebrate Dr. Seuss Day in Dallas ISD

Register to help us celebrate literacy at one of 84 Dallas ISD campuses on March 2. Schools across Dallas ISD will celebrate the late, great children’s author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel – best known as Dr. Seuss. Register to a volunteer.

Spring Break is March 13-17. All district schools and administrative offices will be closed.

Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton


Audrey Pinkerton is the District 7 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.