Public school districts in the San Antonio area offer several CTE programs to students with diverse interests. CTE (Career and Technical Education) provides all students with the knowledge, technical skills, and training that is necessary to succeed in future careers. Challenging CTE standards prepare these students for the real world by introducing workplace competencies and providing hands-on academic experience.
The Texas CTE Resource Center currently lists over 120 areas of study focusing on each of CTE’s 16 Career Clusters. The Career Clusters system is used as an organizing tool for curriculum construction and training, and it provides the essential knowledge and skills for CTE Career Pathways. It provides a helpful guide for developing education plans for individual students. The system benefits students by helping them discover their unique interests and talents, and it allows them to choose an educational path that can lead to success in high school, college, and future careers. The 16 Career Clusters in CTE include:
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
- Business Management and Administration
- Education and Training
- Government and Public Administration
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
The variety of CTE courses related to these career cluster topics are limitless. The most popular classes include Culinary Arts, Baking, Accounting, Energy Technology, Web Design, Business Management, Business Law, Computer Information Systems, Architectural Drafting, Auto Mechanics, Graphic Design, Construction, Metalwork, Welding, Furniture Making, Floral Design, Building Trades, Health Sciences, Multimedia Arts, Law Enforcement, Agriculture, Audio-Video Technology, etc.
Some San Antonio-area public schools are career academies, sometimes called “early college” or “theme academies.” The curriculum is similar to CTE classes, and in some cases, they provide the opportunity for students to graduate from high school with an associate degree.
San Antonio parents and students are encouraged to examine the many Career and Technical Education options available. They compare to K12 school programs and online high school courses, but with more hands-on training and experience. CTE in public schools offers students an extensive set of skills and practical experiences that are designed to give them an edge after graduation and well into the future.