Career & Technical Education (CTE)

CTEThe purpose of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department is to recognize the needs of a diverse student population and to assist students in gaining skills to become competitive, independent, productive citizens in a global economy.

Students will be given opportunities to maximize their fullest potential through quality instruction linked to business and industry, career guidance, and active student leadership organizations.

CTE Vision

The vision of Sheldon ISD is to have a rigorous Career and Technical Education program that prepares and equips students with industry certifications based upon community needs and to provide students with skills to either begin high-skilled, high-wage earning careers or continue their post-secondary education.

CTE Offers Academic Courses and Programs that Provide:

  • Rigorous training in today’s most high-demand and high-growth career fields
  • Challenging curriculum integrated with core subjects, including English, math, and science
  • Hands-on activities based on real-world applications
  • Opportunities to complete graduation requirements and get a jumpstart on post-secondary goals

CTE Prepares Students to Achieve Post-Secondary Goals:

Earn College Credit
  • Articulated Credit
    Articulated credit allows students to earn college credit through a combination of college and technical courses that satisfy the advanced measures requirement under the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) Program. Articulated credit provides an avenue for students to continue their education into a college certificate program or into an Associate of Applied Science degree at a community college. Talk to your counselor for additional information pertaining to articulated credit.
  • Technical Dual Credit
    Students enrolled in a technical dual credit CTE program have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit upon successful completion of the program. Students must meet college requirements specific to the program they are interested in prior to enrolling in the technical dual credit CTE program. Speak with your counselor for additional information pertaining to technical dual credit CTE programs.
Gain Career and Workforce Readiness Skills and Knowledge
  • Understand basic expectations of the workplace
  • Learn technical skills and knowledge required in today’s careers through hands-on experiences
  • Job preparation
  • Earn industry certifications and licenses
  • Build a strong resume and interviewing skills


Career Pathways

A career pathway is a coherent sequence of four or more credits in Career and Technical Education that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster. Career pathways offer real-world learning and prepare students for a range of post-graduation options which can include two or four-year college, certificate programs, apprenticeships or formal job training.

What is a Coherent Sequence?

According to The Texas State Board of Education (January 2014), a coherent sequence is defined as four or more credits in CTE that consist of at least two courses in the same cluster.

What are Career Clusters?

Career clusters help to ensure that learners are provided with the knowledge and skills needed for multiple career choices by matching what is taught in the classroom to business, industry, and post-secondary and higher education expectations. The 16 National Career Clusters include:

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


How Do Students Earn an Endorsement Through a Career Pathway?

Under House Bill 5 (HB5) and the Foundation High School Program (FHSP), students must select at least one of the following endorsements:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business & Industry
  • Public Services
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Multidisciplinary Studies

To earn an endorsement, students must complete: 1) curriculum requirements for the FHSP, 2) an additional advanced math and advanced science credit, and 3) a career pathway (i.e., coherent sequence), which qualifies for the intended endorsement area.