News from Dr. Cruz: Career and Technical Education

Team AISD,

A hard day’s work is just another day in Career and Technical Education.

More than 100 CTE offerings help students hone real-world skills that are directly applicable to professional work. Construction, banking and firefighting are just a few of the CTE courses at AISD.

The sound of whirring machinery fills Crockett High School’s new Construction Technology Trades Building. The 9,200 square foot structure was funded through the 2013 bond and gives students hands-on experience with electrical work, plumbing, carpentry and more. Through a partnership with Austin Community College, students also earn dual credit.

In 2017, Akins High School will welcome an A+ Federal Credit Union. The bank facilities are currently being built on the Akins’ campus. When complete, students will have the opportunity to take new business and financial management courses and work at the facility as their capstone project.

The fire academy at LBJ Early College High School and LASA High School was founded in 2006 through a partnership with the Austin Fire Department. The course is led by veteran fire fighters who introduce students to the firefighting profession as well as teach them about personal discipline and leadership.

Part of our responsibility as educators is finding creative and effective ways to support students. Witnessing CTE classes in action makes me so proud of your work.

Thank you to every team member who supports CTE. You are preparing students for greatness before they ever cross the graduation stage!

Paul Cruz, Ph.D.