CTE programs no longer the best kept secret in HISD

CTE programs no longer the best kept secret in HISD
Posted on 01/13/2017

For the second consecutive month, Harlandale ISD hosted a Career Night to promote the abundance of CTE programs within the district. This month McCollum High School brought in over 50 educational and career vendors along with district program instructors to speak to McCollum, Kingsborough and Terrell Wells students and parents on Jan. 13.

One of Harlandale ISD’s best kept secrets is no longer a big secret and that is the way Career and Technical Education Coordinator Tracy Anderson would like to have it.

“There are so many great opportunities for Harlandale ISD students and I was blown away of all the programs that are hosted here,” Anderson said. “When I was hired by the district earlier this school year our CTE programs were one of the best kept secrets in the city but not anymore. We want everyone to know how great our programs are.”

The proof is in 2016 graduate Jacob Martinez. Martinez went through the Alamo College’s IT program during his junior and senior year at McCollum High School. Upon graduating from Harlandale ISD, he earned several certifications, two internships with the University Health System and the Harvey Najim Scholarship which nearly covered all of his college expenses.

“Because Jacob went through our CTE programs and followed through with his Alamo Academies while at McCollum he was able to earn all those things,” CTE Counselor Jamie Zimmerle said. “More importantly, after being away from high school for just one year Jacob is already classified as a college junior and is on pace to graduate next May.”

For McCollum sophomore Colton Bushong, who participates in McCollum’s Cowboy Productions program, the hands on experience is something he appreciates the most about the district’s CTE program.

“Being able to add videography, photography, and graphic design to my résumé out of high school is something I never imagined I could do,” said Bushong.  “I am excited of what I have left to learn here at McCollum.”

The CTE courses and programs are open to any Harlandale ISD high school student. There are no requirements as long as they follow prerequisites that are required of them starting their freshman year. 

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