Dallas ISD Board of Trustees President Dan Micciche, District 3

Dan Micciche

Career and technical education on the rise

Preparing students for success can look different for each student. For some, it may mean helping them prepare for the rigors of a college curriculum and, for others, it means preparing them to go directly into a wide range of high-skilled, high-wage jobs after high school graduation.

That’s the benefit of today’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which have grown in popularity as more students realize there are many ways to achieve their goals. Today, career certificates are becoming more and more popular as the cost of college continues to rise.

Dallas ISD CTE students earn industry-recognized career certificates that will significantly increase their ability to earn a living wage in a field that offers advancement and lifelong learning opportunities. Through these programs, students can explore fields of interest by taking courses that are both academic and career based. These courses run the gamut and include agriculture, construction, welding, communications, finance, hospitality and tourism, and many more.

CTE programs at Bryan Adams and Conrad high schools

CTE students at Bryan Adams High School who are interested in careers in business and industry can participate in business management, marketing, hospitality and tourism, and information technology; or they can explore a certification in public service like law, public safety and health sciences; or STEM careers.

Conrad students participate in many of the same fields, plus they have certifications in finance, and the school has its own bank on campus that helps students gain firsthand experience in the world of banking and finance.

In 2015-16, the number of career certificates earned across the district totaled close to 6,500 certifications. CTE programs are giving students an edge in the work force, particularly for those who are going directly to work after high school graduation.      

CTE Awareness Month

February is CTE month and is a great time for parents to talk with school counselors to find out how their child can take advantage of these programs. By getting involved with CTE programs, students can begin to explore careers early, which helps them get on the road to a bright future. To learn more about CTE, visit: www.dallasisd.org/cte. 

Other news in District 3:

Speaking of counselors, congratulations to the counselors at Emmett J. Conrad for being honored by the Texas School Counselor Association as CREST Award winners for their outstanding work with students. The counselors are: Brenda McCoy, Jenny Garner, Sonya Gilb, Johnny Moore and Nitzy Mosquera.

Kudos to dance student Lizbeth Calzada at Bryan Adams HS for making All-State in dance; and to Vuyiswa Sigadi from Conrad HS who made All-State in choir.

Congrats, also, to Truett Elementary student Laura Romero who aced the ACP tests. Laura made a perfect score — an incredible accomplishment!

Gabriel Torres and Alexandra Munoz from Victor Hexter ES are among 18 Dallas ISD students advancing to the County Spelling Bee. The students will now compete Feb. 22 for a chance to advance to the national level and win more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes.

DACA information

Last year, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution designating Dallas ISD as a welcoming and protective district. This week the district rolled out a DACA website full of helpful resources and information for families impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act. The site is accessible at www.dallasisd.org/daca

Financial Aid February

The Texas priority deadline for high school seniors to apply for financial aid for college is March 15. This is also an important deadline for students who completed the Dallas County Promise pledge and want to receive free tuition to attend a DCCCD college. Seniors who have not applied for aid should complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) as soon as possible, visit dallasisd.org/PayForCollege for more info.   

SAT School Day and Official SAT Practice

All Dallas ISD 11th-graders will take the SAT college entrance exam during the school day on March 7. To prepare for the exam, students can access free, personalized SAT prep at satpractice.org. Dallas ISD’s investment in PSAT administrations affords students the ability to link their PSAT scores to Khan Academy and access Official SAT® Practice as early as 8th grade.

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