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Spring Branch ISD students and teachers are invited to join educators and school systems across the nation to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in February.

This year’s theme, “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow,” is a reminder of the vital role education has in the long-term success of students, our city, and our nation. CTE Month takes place every February and is meant to shine a light on the powerful impact its programs have on overall student achievement.

CTE programs open doors to skills-based education and training while ensuring students have a critical, competitive edge in securing current – and future – jobs in high-demand career fields.
Through CTE, students have an opportunity to explore careers, strengthen hands-on skills, personalize learning based on individual interest, and connect to an array of resources necessary to succeed in the workplace and life.

A Personalized Approach with Impact

Research shows that high school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
  • Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent.
  • Ninety-one percent of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college.
  • Over 6,200 students were enrolled in CTE courses in SBISD in 2017-2018. Or… Over 50% of SBISD high school students were enrolled in a CTE course last year.
  • SBISD currently has 14 different program areas offering 112 unique courses in 25 career pathways.
  • CTE students earned approximately 1300 certifications in 2017-2018.
From classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the school, CTE encompasses many different types of education. Select CTE programming in SBISD is offered at home campuses and The Guthrie Center, SBISD’s Career and Technical Center.
CTE courses cover a wide range of different fields, including health care, business, information technology, engineering, graphic design, architecture and construction, culinary arts, and many more.
Click here to explore SBISD’s CTE offerings. Community members can also reach out to their area high school or The Guthrie Center to learn about available CTE options at their neighborhood school.

Thank your CTE Teacher today! #SBISDProud

Do you have a CTE teacher who has made a positive impact on your learning or career journey? Thank them for their support and dedication in helping you reach your fullest potential. Share your story or shout out with us @SBISD #SBISDProud.

CTE Programming In Action:

  • Across the district 70 Academy of Finance, students are getting ready for their annual trip to NYC to visit Wall Street.
  • The Guthrie Center’s Culinary ProStart Team qualified for state and will compete March 8-9 at the State Invitational in San Antonio. 37 Stratford High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) students earned 51 medals at regional competition and 27 students qualified to compete at state.
  • Architectural Design students will compete for scholarships and awards in the Michael G. Myers Design contest next month.
  • Graphic Design students digitized the Monster Art drawings of 80-second graders from Westwood Elementary school during the fall semester learning collaboration.
  • Spring Woods High School engineering students brought home 9 trophies from the First Tech Challenge robotics competition.
  • Pharmacy Tech seniors are currently participating in a ten-week unpaid internship at area Walgreens to get a first-hand look at the career.
  • Navy JROTC cadets just completed their drill meet at Tomball and will compete in the Stubblefield Orienteering Meet in February and the Top Gun Field Meet in March.
  • Over 2,500 eighth-grade students visited Guthrie's CTE programs during Career Week.
  • Culinary Arts is partnering with Goodtime Cookers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year. Students will prepare side dishes for the events and work side-by-side with this legendary cooking team.
  • Agricultural Science and FFA wrapped up their annual Show and Sale with a record-setting sales total of nearly $400,000 this year!