Career and Technical Education

  • Career and Technical Education
    2909 N. Buckner Blvd.
    Dallas, Texas 75228
    Richard Grimsley 
    Phone: (972) 925-8900
    Fax: (972) 925-8901

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    Department Vision

    Dallas ISD’s Career and Technical Education Department’s vision is to support innovative CTE programs that prepare individuals to succeed in their education and careers and poise them to flourish in a global, dynamic economy through leadership, advocacy, and partnerships. We are dedicated to helping graduates prepare for a career field where they will earn a living wage that offers advancement and lifelong learning opportunities.

    During the 2018-2019 school year, Dallas ISD offered 218 pathways and 243 different Career and Technical Education courses classified in the 16 career clusters. Career clusters include Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Visual 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); and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. 

    38,111 students were served through Career and Technical Education programs.

    Over 4,600 industry certifications were earned by students enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses during the 2016-2017 school year. A sampling of the certifications earned include Microsoft Office Specialist, Registered Dental Assisting, Powered Industrial Trucks, QuickBooks Certified User, Automotive Service Excellence, and ServSafe Food Protection Manager. 
    Dallas ISD currently has 50 NAF academies in 20 high schools – serving over 9,000 students. NAF academies are theme-based. Themes include Academies of Engineering, Academies of Finance, Academies of Health Sciences, Academies of Hospitality and Tourism, and Academies of Information Technology.  Dallas ISD has 13 Distinguished Academies (out of only 41 in the entire United States) and one Model academy. Distinguished is the highest level awarded by NAF.