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, Pathways, and Endorsements
During the 2019-2020 school year, Lancaster ISD offers 11 CTE pathways with many different Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses across 11 of the 16 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 Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Information Technology; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics.
Industry Certifications offered
Over 1,000 Industry Based Certifications were earned by students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses during the 2018-2019 school year. Certifications earned include Certified Patient Care Technician, ServSafe Food Handler, ServSafe Food Manager, Cosmetology Operator’s License, Microsoft Word Expert, Southwest Airlines Professional Communications, FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Texas Beef Council, Ever-Fi Financial Literacy, Ever-Fi Marketplaces Investing Basics, Ever-Fi Prescription Drug Safety, Ever-Fi Alcohol EDU and Business Office Technology. Industry Certifications are a growing area of focus for all Lancaster ISD CTE Students.
In addition to many of the above Industry Based Certifications, for the 2019-2020 school year, students will be striving to earn OSHA 30, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Microsoft Office Specialist-Word, Microsoft Office Specialist-Excel, ASI Welding, Entrepreneurship Small Business, Adobe Certified Associate PhotoShop, Adobe Certified Associate Premiere Pro and Google Cloud Certified Professional G-Suite.
Our goal is to ensure each graduate of Lancaster ISD leaves with one or more of the following:
- College Credits
- Associates Degree
- Industry Certification
- Military Readiness
- CTE Coherent Sequence Completion
Wings of Hope
Young scholars in our CTE STEM program have garnered accolades for completion of an airplane, Lancaster 182, for Wings of Hope, an aviation nonprofit delivering humanitarian programs around the globe to lift people in need toward health and hope. Lancaster 182 is actively involved in carrying out medical missions in Guyana! What a powerful testament to students applying the knowledge and skills acquired in class to real life applications.
Senior Citizens Glam and Groom Day
Lancaster High School Cosmetology students support the community by offering “Senior Citizens Glam and Groom Day” for active members of the Lancaster Senior Center every Wednesday. Participants select from a suite of service. Cosmetology students also style hair and do manicures and pedicures for the “I am Caleb” Pediatric Cancer Survivor Foundation Annual Fashion Show. These services are offered to actual cancer patients or a family member in their stead.
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)
Advanced Manufacturing (Mechatronics)