Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes combine high-quality, rigorous instruction with real-life experiences to prepare students for the future. CTE has  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.

Of the more than 40,000 MISD students 21,479 occupied seats in CTE classes this past year. More than 1,100 certifications were obtained during the 2018-2019 school year and 1,441 dual credit hours were completed. Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year 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.

2nd Place Culinary Arts students advancing to State

Mesquite High School ProStart Culinary State Qualifiers 2019.

18-19 CTE Highlights

1819 Highlights

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.