Career and Technical Education offers many advantages for students: career readiness skills, leadership abilities, technical training, academic achievement, community involvement and dual credit opportunities.
Dual credit offers students a chance to earn free college credit before entering higher education. Students can build their repertoire for postsecondary success while still in high school.
For the 2015-2016 school year, WISD CTE has enrolled 642 students in CTE Dual Credit courses!
This number has grown from 51 students during the 2010 - 2011 school year due to increased partnerships with multiple colleges and increased participation and support from teachers. WISD students are becoming more knowledgeable and are taking advantage of the dual credit opportunities that are available.
Waxahachie ISD CTE offers student’s 19 courses for CTE Dual Credit in the following career clusters: Arts/AV Technology, Business Management & Administration, Education & Training, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law & Public Safety, Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics. These courses are aligned with courses through Navarro College and Texas State Technical College. Students sign up for these credits during regular course registration. Upon beginning the course, Ms. DeNicola, the Career Placement Coordinator, visits each class and supervises the college registration process.
Once registered and accepted, students receive an ID card, just as they would if they were attending the college on campus. Student grades are reported to the college through their teacher each semester. These courses appear on the students’ college transcript upon successful completion.
Ms. DeNicola works hand in hand with both Navarro and TSTC in providing guest speakers for different areas, coordinating with the registrar, students and teachers to ensure students have what they need to complete the courses and receive credit. WISD CTE works to offer students opportunities for
advancing a student’s education while still in high school. Education, however, is not just books and grades. Providing students with more rigorous standards of higher education while in high school, prepares students for the higher standards of entering college and their future career. The more students are exposed to these higher expectations in high school; the more success they find once they begin a career or attend college after high school.
CTE students have a large advantage over other students by being involved in CTE Dual Credit opportunities. They receive college credit AND technical training in a career area that will support them upon entering postsecondary life.