The vision of the Dallas ISD Career Institutes is to:
- provide high school students a choice to pursue a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway
- work with industry partners
- train on state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment
- obtain four or more certifications
- and obtain dual credit when appropriate, prior to graduation.
To be a game-changer in students lives by:
- teaching them the importance of work ethic
- equipping them with the necessary skills to obtain sustainable jobs at a living wage
- And working diligently to create job opportunities for students by teaching them the importance of work ethic.
Students at the Career Institute East gain a wide array of knowledge to prepare them to enter the workforce with a competitive edge. They begin their journey by selecting one of our eight pathways: construction, cybersecurity, electrical, heating-ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), interior design, patient care technician, pharmaceutical technician, and plumbing. While attending core classes on their home campus, they will study their field, attain industry-standard certifications, and conclude with a practicum to enter the workforce or use their skill-set to support their college education. Review the different pathways below by selecting the icons for additional information.
This pathway is an introduction to the carpentry trade and its application as a career in the construction industry. Basic building materials and construction methods are thoroughly covered in preparation for the program’s projects. Classroom emphasis is on construction-related math, reading, and interpretation of both commercial and residential plans and blueprints, applicable building codes, building layout, and sustainable green construction methods. Each course has a laboratory component that applies classroom curriculum to assigned shop projects, includes appropriate local field trips, and begins site preparation and layout for the fall and spring semester’s class projects.
The Cybersecurity pathway is designed to prepare students for the growing field of cybersecurity and computer science. Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software, and data from malicious attacks. Once a specialty only associated with government agencies and defense contractors, cybersecurity has now entered the mainstream. Industries such as health care, finance, manufacturing, and retail all hire cybersecurity professionals.
The Electrical and Solar Technology pathway introduces students to the basic principles of electricity and proceeds to the concepts of solid-state components such as diodes, transistors, integrated circuits and microprocessor systems, according to the National Electrical Code. Courses simulate actual working conditions in fully equipped laboratories where students put electrical-electronics theory into practice. Along with laboratory experiences setting up circuits, troubleshooting and calibrating systems, computer-simulated circuit analysis is used in many of the courses.
The HVAC/R pathway concentrates on many of the important side issues in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) field. Students will learn trade-specific basic safety practices, hand and power tools identification and usage, metal piping systems, the fundamentals of electricity, and basic heating systems. Additionally, students will earn OSHA Safety Certification. Each HVAC course prepares students for success as they train for their senior-level Practicum in Construction Technology.
The Interior Design pathway is designed to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing a career in residential or commercial Interior Design. Interior Design students will gain knowledge and skills about space planning; interior building materials and finishes; casework, furniture, furnishings and equipment; lighting; acoustics; wayfinding; ergonomics and anthropometrics; and human environmental behavior.
The Patient Care Technician pathway prepares students to assist registered nurses and physicians in various aspects of patient health support. Through hands-on laboratory experiences in classrooms and during clinical studies, this course provides the knowledge and skills to compile health-related documents, simulate proper reporting to authorities, develop CPR, AED, and develop health problem-solving abilities.
The Pharmacy technician pathway prepares students to work directly with pharmacists by providing them with foundational knowledge in pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Pharmacy technicians understand the impact of drugs on the biological systems, the manufacturing and administering of pharmaceuticals to adhere to the federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and pharmacy policies and procedures.