Career Readiness / Career & Technical Education
Students will be given opportunities to maximize their fullest potential through quality instruction linked to business and industry, career guidance, and active student leadership organizations.
Career and Technical Education Vision
The vision of the Sheldon ISD Career and Technical Education program is to equip students with industry certifications aligned to the needs of the community and to provide students with the skills to either begin high-skilled, high-wage careers or to continue their post-secondary education.
CTE Offers Academic Courses and Programs that Provide:
- Rigorous training in today’s most high-demand and high-growth career fields
- Challenging curriculum integrated with core subjects, including English, math, and science
- Hands-on activities based on real-world applications
- Opportunities to complete graduation requirements and get a jumpstart on post-secondary goals
CTE Prepares Students to Achieve Post-Secondary Goals:
|Earn College Credit||
|Gain Career and Workforce Readiness Skills and Knowledge||
A career pathway is a coherent sequence of four or more credits in Career and Technical Education that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster. Career pathways offer real-world learning and prepare students for a range of post-graduation options which can include two or four-year college, certificate programs, apprenticeships or formal job training.
What is a Coherent Sequence?
According to The Texas State Board of Education (January 2014), a coherent sequence is defined as four or more credits in CTE that consist of at least two courses in the same cluster.
What are Career Clusters?
Career clusters help to ensure that learners are provided with the knowledge and skills needed for multiple career choices by matching what is taught in the classroom to business, industry, and post-secondary and higher education expectations. The 16 National Career Clusters include:
How Do Students Earn an Endorsement Through a Career Pathway?
Under House Bill 5 (HB5) and the Foundation High School Program (FHSP), students must select at least one of the following endorsements:
- Arts & Humanities
- Business & Industry
- Public Services
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Multidisciplinary Studies
To earn an endorsement, students must complete: 1) curriculum requirements for the FHSP, 2) an additional advanced math and advanced science credit, and 3) a career pathway (i.e., coherent sequence), which qualifies for the intended endorsement area.