Career & Technical Education
The Lancaster ISD Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an innovative and career-focused organization, whose purpose is to equip students with 21st century industry knowledge and skills, while supporting and encouraging creativity, strong work ethics and self-sustainability. We believe by empowering our students through diverse experiences and certifiable training, we will successfully prepare students to secure gainful employment in this global economy.
Career Clusters, Programs of Study, and Endorsements
During the 2020-2021 school year, Lancaster ISD offers 14 Statewide Programs of Study and one Regional Program of Study with many different Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses across the 14 Career Clusters in three Endorsement areas: Business & Industry, Public Services and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). At Lancaster ISD CTE, career clusters include Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications; Business Marketing & Finance; Education and Training; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Information Technology; Manufacturing; and Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Lancaster ISD broadened its CTE Programs of Study for the 2020-2021 school year to include Advanced Manufacturing, Welding and courses for Video Game Design.
Industry Certifications offered
Close to 600 Industry Based Certifications that impact TEA (Texas Education Agency) A-F Accountability results were earned by students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses during the 2019-2020 school year. Certifications earned include Certified Patient Care Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Google Cloud Certified Professional G-Suite, ServSafe Food Manager, American Welding Society (AWS) D9.1, Microsoft Office Specialist Word, OSHA 30, and Entreprenership Small Business. Non-TEA Industry Certifications earned by Lancaster ISD CTE Students include: ServSafe Food Handler, FEMA Emergency Management Institute Introduction to Hazardous Materials, Ever-Fi Financial Literacy, Ever-Fi Marketplaces Investing Basics,Ever-Fi Prescription Drug Safety, and Ever-Fi Alcohol EDU.
Our District will continue to strive to broaden certification offerings to students to include Adobe Certified Associate PhotoShop, Adobe Certified Premiere Pro, MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council) Certified Production Technician, and MSSC Certified Logistics Technician.
Summer Internship Opportunities
During the Summer 2020, 41 Lancaster ISD CTE students were afforded the opportunity to participate in Virtual Internship opportunities including ESposure ESports Master Class Series, Lancaster ISD Technology Department Help Desk, PassAssured Pharmacy Technician Program, and OneLeg StageCoach Food Truck.
Our goal is to ensure each graduate of Lancaster ISD leaves with one or more of the following:
- College Credits
- Associates Degree
- Industry Based Certification
- Military Readiness
- CTE Coherent Sequence Completion
Students have the opportunity to participate in several Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) as well as other professional organizations: Skills USA Texas, DECA, ProStart, Texas Alliance of Minority Engineering (TAME), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). These organizations present numerous competitive and educational events designed to prepare students for outstanding college experiences and career opportunities. CTE students also participate in meaningful work based learning and field experiences throughout the school year including Eastfield College Tech Expo, Amazon Fulfillment Tour, MFHA (Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance) Showcase of the Stars at El Centro College, STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience Dallas, to name a few.
Colleges and Universities
Continuous collaborative work is being done to ensure students in Lancaster ISD CTE programs understand how their high school studies in their respective pathways can easily transition to post-secondary educational institutions. Throughout the school year, CTE students will work with advisors from institutions such as SMU, University of Texas-Dallas, Prairie View A&M University, Cedar Valley College, El Centro College and many others.
All students in Lancaster ISD CTE programs can count on rich and rewarding classroom and work based learning experiences. Lancaster ISD CTE programs are all about preparing students for bright futures which will positively impact their families, the community and the world at large.
Future Program of Study Offerings
Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone Technology)