• Career & Technical Education Courses

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills they may use in high school, college, a career after graduation, and/or a financial means to help further their education. CTE blends academics and career skills to produce well-rounded graduates. 

    Plano Independent School District has implemented AchieveTexas, an education initiative/system designed to prepare all students for a lifetime of success through informed educational choices. The initiative is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career and technical education. The system facilitates a seamless transition (beginning 8th grade) from secondary to postsecondary utilizing the nationally recognized Career Clusters. There are models (Programs of Study) within each Career Cluster that recommend the sequence of coursework based on a student’s interest or career goal.

    A first-year student planning to enroll in a career preparation program or a 2 - 3 hour pre-employment lab is expected to complete a student information form. This form may be obtained from the counselor's office.

    The fine arts credit required for graduation may be fulfilled by successful completion of Principles and Elements of Floral Design. Successful completion of one of the following CTE courses may qualify for a third or fourth science credit (depending on your 4-yr plan and endorsement choice): Anatomy & Physiology, Food Science, Forensic Science, PLTW Engineering Science (formerly titled Principles of Engineering. This began with the 2014-15 school year), and Scientific Research & Design. Successful completion of PLTW Digital Electronics (DE) or Accounting II, qualify for a math credit. The health credit required for graduation may be fulfilled by successful completion of Principles of Health Science. The speech credit required for graduation may be fulfilled by successful completion of Professional Communications.

    It is the policy of Plano ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational programs and services.