Putting students on the path to success

From audio/video production to automotive technology, business to building trades, culinary to cosmetology and horticulture to health sciences, Garland ISD offers approximately 200 Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. This allows students to explore career interests and gain employable skills. They can also earn certifications and licensing to be able to start a career or earn additional college credit upon graduation.

Focused on preparing students for success after graduation, the district's Bond 2014 included a new CTE Center. Construction kicked off in 2016, and with it came community chatter and excitement.

“It makes me excited to tell friends and visitors about Garland ISD,” said Naaman Forest High School Principal Erika Crump. “We had a group of Dutch educators visit and they were so impressed by the opportunities already available to students and how many more the CTE Center provides. This district truly supports all of our students’ interests and futures.”

Opening in 2017, the CTE Center allows students to explore interests regardless of their home campus. Courses include everything from animation to culinary arts to engineering, offered in morning or afternoon sessions. The Center also boasts Garland ISD and Junior Achievement of Dallas’ joint venture—BizTown—a simulated city designed to teach sixth-graders about participating in a global economy.

For more information about CTE, view the department's webpage.