Career and Technical Education

Auto Collision Repair and Paint ProgramCareer & Technical Education (CTE) classes combine high-quality, rigorous instruction with real-life experiences to prepare students for the future. CTE offers a variety of programs within 14 career clusters that equip students to achieve at high levels whether they are starting college, attending a technical school, or entering the workforce after high school graduation.

Students are also offered opportunities to earn paid and unpaid work experience, state and nationally recognized professional certifications, and college credits through dual-credit and tech prep programs. CTE courses help prepare students for a variety of real-world careers.

Of the more than 40,000 MISD students 22,713 occupied seats in CTE classes this past spring semester. This is an increase of 5,263 from the fall semester of 2016. A total of 679 certifications were obtained last year and more than 1500 dual credit hours were completed. Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and earn higher wages.

Mesquite ISD Ready, Set, Teach! students were extended guaranteed teaching contracts upon graduation from college with a degree in education. CTE will continue to provide students with opportunities to enhance their learning, continue to practice, and ideally find success using their skill, passion, or hobby. We will also continue to research and develop program that are relevant, correspond with job market demands and evoke student interest.

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Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs

Mesquite Independent School District offers career and technical education programs in the following clusters:

  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Admission into a career and technical program is dependent upon interest and aptitude, age appropriateness, and availability of class space.

It is the policy of Mesquite I.S.D. not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Mesquite I.S.D. will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.

For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Denise Kutch, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, Mr. Emilio Duran, at 3819 Towne Crossing Blvd., 972-288-6411.