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Career & Technical Education

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Cynthia Pavon


Kristi Krajca

CTE Director

Kelly Brown

CTE Coordinator, Cluster Responsibilities: Architecture & Construction; Law public Safety, Corrections & Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; STEM; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Leigh Farley

CTE Coordinator, Cluster Responsibilities: Interior Design, Fashion Design, Education & Training, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Marketing

Jennifer Martin

CTE Coordinator, Cluster Responsibilities: Arts, A/V Technology & Communication, Business Management & Administration, Finance, Information Technology

Clarissa Jayroe

CTE Counselor Facilitator

Sheldon Stoker

Facilitator - CTE

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.

It is never too early to start exploring Career & Technical Education (CTE). Click here to take a scroll through the short comic book to learn more and view videos about all the courses we offer in middle and high school. 

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.

Campus CTE Counselors

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John Horn HS
Leslie Thomas

Poteet HS
Jaime Mansfield


Brandi Brice


Kimberly Gamble


Mesquite HS
Alauna Hollingsworth

Vanguard HS

Elizabeth Baker
Lead Counselor

Rusty Manning

Candace Norwood


Mesquite Independent School District offers career and technical education programs in Architecture & Construction, Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, Business Management & Administration, Education & Training, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales & Service, STEM and Transportation, Distribution & 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 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.