CTE programs explored at GISD

Career and technical education (CTE) is the wave of the future in high schools across the nation – and that is no exception for the Gatesville Independent School District. While a four-year university preparation is the primary goal for most school districts, the job market and low high school graduation rates have increased the focus on programs with practical applications and skill-building.

While high school vocational education has been around for many years, CTE is not your father’s woodshop class. CTE programs address obtaining skills and knowledge that are essential to gain a career in today’s high-tech job market.

This article is the first installment of a series featuring each of the Gatesville High School CTE programs which will appear in future editions of The Gatesville Messenger.

Statistics have shown that 43 percent of young workers with licenses and certifications earn more than those with an associate’s degree and 27 percent earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree. Regarding projections for high demand and high growth occupations in Texas, home health aides, personal care aides and retail salespeople represent the job positions most in demand – none of which require a degree. Registered nurses are also in demand and require only an associate degree.


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