Career and Technical Education (CTE)

What's your cluster?

GISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are organized into sixteen career clusters, providing students an introduction to specific career areas and options for further education or immediate employment. These programs offer students the opportunity to earn industry certifications and college credit while in high school.

Within the sixteen clusters there are variety of programs of study with special options available at these magnet schools:

  • College & Career Magnet at Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Global Business, Language & Leadership Magnet at Naaman Forest High School
  • Math, Science and Technology Magnet at North Garland High School

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) provide opportunities for leadership and citizenship development and CTE counselors are available at each high school to provide specialized course and career planning.


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The Career and Technical Education goals for GISD for 2012-2014 are:

  1. Provide a CTE plan for implementing HB 5 as required by TEA beginning with the 2014 school year.
  2. Determine the CTE short and long term needs and planning options for both the present and the future.
  3. Continue the development of a workforce that bridges the gap between education and college and career readiness.
  4. Integrate into the curriculum and instruction current and additional recognized CTE certifications and licenses.
  5. Collaborate with all stakeholders to determine the demand for a trained and skilled manufacturing workforce.
  6. Develop a plan to begin implementation of Global Business at Naaman Forest High School for the 2014-2015 school year.
  7. Work with the City of Garland, The Garland Fire Department, and the Garland Police Department to implement at South Garland High School Firefighter I and II, 911 Dispatch Program, as well as the Health Science Program-Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
  8. Research programs and initiate the planning and designing of a Career & Technical Education Center in Garland ISD.
  9. Evaluate all programs to determine the short and long term needs and planning options (curriculum, equipment, software, peripherals, etc.) for both the present and future.
  10. Develop a CTE plan for Lakeview Centennial High School.

CTE State Plan and Goals

The State Plan for Career and Technical Education 2008-2013 is focused on improving the academic and technical educational opportunities for students, including rigorous and relevant of career preparation.  The State Plan for CTE has been developed with the understanding that an academic education and technical education are compatible concepts and the academics are reinforced and applied through a high quality, rigorous technical education.

The State Plan for Career and Technical Education is based on four (4) goals.  The public education systems must take immediate action by addressing the following challenges:

  • Recognize the unique needs of a diverse student population;
  • Prepare students for college and career success;
  • Provide students with a quality education that prepares them to be competitive within a global economy
  • Recruit and retain qualified teachers.


Notification of Non-discrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs En Espanol

Career and Technical Education Staff

Dr. Phillip Gilbreath

Kelly Hartmann

Cheryl Jacobs

Dr. Sandra Thompson

Don Kelly

Donna Young

Kristin Lawrence