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Lancaster High School CTE students earn more than 700 industry-based certifications

Lancaster High School CTE students earn more than 700 industry-based certifications

Lancaster ISD students earned as many as 700 industry-based certifications (IBC), giving them the education and skills needed to obtain real-world jobs. The Lancaster ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department is an essential part of students’ education at Lancaster High School and one of the many ways the district is preparing students for life after high school graduation. 

“Our district has done an amazing job investing in tools, resources, and equipment to fill our CTE classes with the latest technology, allowing students to practice using similar materials already being used in the industry,” said Shelia Benskin, Director of CTE at Lancaster High School. The record increase in the number of students who have received industry-based certifications is a true testament to our CTE educators and the hard work of our students.”

Over the last three years, the Lancaster High School class of 2022 has worked to obtain certifications in multiple courses, which plays a significant role in the record number of certifications earned. As a result, the class earned 315 certifications this year alone, with more to come before graduation. 

“I’m thankful for the CTE courses that helped me earn a Google Analytics Individual Qualification,” said senior Mulunda Munika. “The industry-based certification means a lot because it will follow me for life and help contribute to my success.”

CTE scholars are also making district history this year. Three seniors have obtained Lancaster ISD’s first CompTIA IT (Information Technology) Fundamentals+ industry certifications. Additionally, 12 CTE Healthcare Diagnostics seniors have earned a brand-new Texas Education Agency Industry Certification, Community Health Worker, which counts toward Lancaster ISD’s Accountability results. Twenty-two culinary students have earned the district’s first industry-based certifications as Certified Fundamental Cooks.

“These are valuable industry-based certifications that have been vetted with businesses and organizations in different industries throughout the state,” said Benskin. “We recommend students to have these certifications to be employable in high wage and in-demand job opportunities.”

Benskin says students can include the certifications on their resumes as they secure job interviews and use how they obtained their credentials as a talking point throughout their interview process. 

“The CTE program epitomizes the statement ‘Lancaster High School offers more than just a diploma’,” said Shon Stinson, CTE Instructor. “When seniors leave the CTE program, they will have their diploma and certifications that prepare them for jobs and success after graduation.”

To celebrate seniors earning more than 500 IBCs, the CTE Department hosted a senior celebration in their honor. The Tiger Drumline performed their best cadences as the seniors made their way to the auditorium to be recognized.  

 The ceremony opened with encouragement from Lancaster ISD Superintendent Dr. Katrise Perera, followed by a $1,000 scholarship presentation to senior Sherrod Lee from Cedar Valley College President Dr. Joe Seabrooks.

The CTE Senior Celebration was an opportunity to bring students together to recognize each other’s successes and achievements and highlight the positive impact of the CTE program. 

“Being celebrated was a surreal feeling,” shared Alexavier Hopkins, a senior in the Engineering program of study. “I appreciate being recognized more than I can put into words. It feels amazing to know that my hard work over the last four years was acknowledged.”

Lancaster ISD is continuously expanding its CTE programs of study to give students access to more high-demand employment opportunities. Click here to learn more.

The following students made history by obtaining the first-ever industry-based certifications for the district. 

CompTIA IT (Information Technology) Fundamentals+ Industry Certifications

  • Tajizhanae Hanson
  • Richard Ulloa-Ulloa
  • Demireon Willams

Community Health Worker Industry Certifications

  • Aniya McCloud
  • Lauryn Allen
  • Maria Aldana
  • Victorya Martinez
  • Jakyha Runnels
  • Savannah Sanders
  • Kodorian Smith
  • Zyriah James
  • Sierra Hunter
  • September Jones
  • La’Nisa Kinney

Certified Fundamental Cooks (CFC)

  • Nino Kelly
  • Shanya Fields
  • Jasmyn Aaron
  • Jacob Hernandez
  • Paloma Hernandez
  • Da’Niyah Adams
  • Eriana Fennell
  • Erika Marble
  • Ayanna Miles
  • Artoro Montero
  • Ruby Perez
  • Ziyon Hicks
  • Desmondria Surman
  • Cerra Bell-Ray
  • Samantha Hernandez
  • Karrington Glover
  • Ayonna Harris
  • Shaleesia Hymes
  • Daneisha Tatum
  • Alyana Foster
  • Destiny Rios
  • Jackelin Rodriguez