students and parents

Kristi Krajca, Director of Career & Technical Education 972-882-7374
Leigh Farley, Coordinator of Career & Technical Education 972-882-7348
Jennifer Martin, Coordinator of Business & Technical Education 972-882-7458
Carolyn Porterfield, Counselor Facilitator of Career & Technical Education 972-882-7338
Conni Rossi, Administrative Assistant 972-882-7376

Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes combine high-quality, rigorous instruction with real-life experiences to prepare students for the future. CTE offers a variety of programs within 14 career clusters that equip students to achieve at high levels whether they are starting college, attending a technical school, or entering the workforce after high school graduation.

Students are also offered opportunities to earn paid and unpaid work experience, state and nationally recognized professional certifications, and college credits through dual-credit and tech prep programs. CTE courses help prepare students for a variety of real-world careers.

Campus Career & Technical Education Counselors
Yolanda Deatherage, JHHS – 972-882-5224
Natalie White, MHS – 972-882-6476
Rusty Manning, NMHS – 972-882-7910
Dana Hartless, PHS – 972-882-5317
Lou Jan Hokett, WMHS – 972-882-7622

Campus Career & Technical Education Career Counselors
Debbie King, MHS – 972-882-6473
Janella Usher, NMHS – 972-882-7925
Sandi Gray, WMHS – 972-882-7645






Kuder/TBEC Achieve Texas Education and Career Planning System
Achieve Texas Career Clusters



Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs

Mesquite Independent School District offers career and technical education programs in the following clusters:

  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Admission into a career and technical program is dependent upon interest and aptitude, age appropriateness, and availability of class space.

It is the policy of Mesquite I.S.D. 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 Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Mesquite I.S.D. will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.

For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Denise Kutch, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, Mrs. Debbie Shewmake, at 405 East Davis, 972-288-6411.