RRISD celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

CTE_FIStudents and faculty in Round Rock ISD have joined others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month.

National CTE Month, “Recognizing Classroom Innovators!,” provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to highlight how CTE educates students to be college and career ready while preparing them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.

In the United States, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students, including high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when job opportunity is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are adequately equipped with the skills to successfully enter their post-secondary path, said Sheri Bonds, RRISD CTE director.

Round Rock ISD CTE programs are experiencing innovation every day within their Programs of Study. Below are a few highlights of Round Rock ISD CTE:

Cedar Ridge High School

  • The Raider Locker is a unique opportunity for Cedar Ridge students to support each other with clothing, food items, toiletries and school supplies. It allowed Neil Little’s Construction students to give back to their own campus by creating the space.
  • The Armory School Store is operated by business education students, under the direction of their teacher, Sara Parriott. Students get real, hands-on experience in the retail world right on campus by selling different types of merchandise.

McNeil High School 

  • Students in the Video Production Program of Study are currently competing in the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival 2015. Three films have been entered and are advancing to round two with one having been selected as a semi-finalist.
  • Engineering students in the STEM Academy are working hand-in-hand with engineering and architecture firms on real-world projects. From air-powered vehicle challenges to the McNeil Master Plan, students are experiencing careers in STEM.

Round Rock High School

  • A new wing opened in August of 2014 with amazing new facilities for many CTE programs including a new courtroom, complete with jury box, for the law program, and a full A+ Federal Credit Union branch that can be utilized by students studying business, finance and marketing courses.
  • The graphics design students are now running a full-service print shop, allowing them to design graphics that are then printed on shirts, posters, mugs and hats. Marketing students manage the store-front, and handle customer communications and advertising.
  • The campus is proud to announce that Tiffanie Harrison is the 2015 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Harrison is a Marketing and Business teacher. Harrison co-manages the school’s new print shop, and is a Cheerleader sponsor.

Stony Point High School
The campus is proud to announce that Susan von Rosenberg, a Health Science Teacher in the Health Science Academy, is the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

  • The agricultural science programs of study are proud to have opened phase one of their new facility. Students can now house livestock on campus to support the animal science strand and their FFA supervised agricultural experience Projects. Phase two will increase capacity and include new vet tech lab facilities.

Westwood High School
Ask anyone in the state and they will tell you that Westwood DECA has a history of competing at a high level. After sending more than 140 students to district level competition, over 110 students advanced to state. DECA is a marketing, finance, hospitality and management organization.

  • Student involvement in competitions is increasing across the district and the most recent to experience success is TAFE. The campus chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators is advancing to state for the first time this year. Students will compete in areas such as lesson planning, job interview and impromptu speaking events.

Middle Schools

  • RRISD CTE offerings at the middle schools may include any combination of the courses business information management (BIM) or gateway to technology (GTT). Students in the BIM course learn the Microsoft Office Suite, earn high school credit and have the potential to earn college credit through Austin Community College. Students in GTT learn engineering principles and earn high school credit.

Round Rock ISD CTE by the Numbers:

More than 30 available Industry Recognized Certifications
100 unique Career & Technical Education Courses offered in Round Rock ISD
3,624 Student Certifications earned*
4,967 articulated credits earned at ACC*
11,883 District Career & Technical Education course enrollment*
88 percent v. 94 percent Texas Graduation Rate compared to RRISD CTE Graduation Rate+

*2013-14 school year
+2012-13 school year

For more information about Career & Technical Education programs in Round Rock ISD, please call the district CTE office at 512.464.5130.