Waxahachie ISD celebrated February as national Career and Technical Education month.

The district recognizes the value of career and technical education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. The programs prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers as identified by and organized into 16 nationally recognized clusters.

Those career clusters include Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Arts - A/V Technology & Communications, Business Management & Administration, Education & Training Finance, Government & Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law - Public Safety, Corrections & Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) and Transportation - Distribution & Logistics. CTE employs multiple methods of instructional delivery, including classroom theory, project-based, hands-on labs, internships and work-based learning.

Career and technical education programs span grades K-12. Waxahachie ISD offers coherently sequenced courses at Waxahachie High School and Global High School. Howard and Finley Junior High prepare students through CTE college-career readiness and career investigation courses. Elementary students participate through planned career awareness events and targeted lessons.

"Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) enriches CTE through extended teaching and learning by means of innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences on the local, area, state and national levels," reads a Waxahachie ISD press release. "CTSOs offer powerful avenues for helping address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness. Students learn invaluable lessons throughout training for these events and during competition. Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom lessons and training to hands-on activities.

The district's release adds, "Waxahachie ISD appreciates the incredible support for its CTE programs throughout the community."