Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes combine high-quality, rigorous instruction with real-life experiences to prepare students for the future. Mesquite CTE offers 26 programs of study 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 programs with our three partnership academies with DCCCD. CTE courses help prepare students for a variety of real-world careers and the goal for our CTE program is to produce capable young adults who can think critically and independently, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively in today’s world.

Of the more than 40,000 MISD students 24,411 occupied seats in CTE classes for the 19-20 school year. Students also completed 1,730 dual credit hours. Nearly 1,400 certifications were obtained during the 2018-2019 school year and numbers are coming in for this year. Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, be employed, and earn higher wages. 

CTE will continue to provide students with hands-on opportunities, time to interact with professionals in their field of interest, and ideally find success using their skills, interests and passion. We will also continue to research and develop programs that are relevant, correspond with job market demands and evoke student interest.

Course Offerings

Mesquite ISD offers more than 80 Career & Technical Education courses in its program. Competencies that are learned in core classes are put to task in our hands-on and highly relevant lessons. The skills learned from these CTE classes exceed beyond high school to college and the workforce. If you want to jump start your future, gain viable skills and knowledge for employment and be college ready, start your career while you’re here.


Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs

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 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 Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Mesquite ISD 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 MISD Title IX Coordinators, Chassordee Willie and Emilio Duran, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator Kem Edwards at 3819 Towne Crossing Blvd., 972-882-7441.