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Dr. Melissa Everett

Director of

Career and Technical Education


Casey Schoen

Secretary to the Director of Career and Technical Education


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Career and Technical Education

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DISD CTE received two grants in the amount of nearly 1.3 million dollars for our Health Science and Welding/Ag Mechanics programs. The purpose of applying for the grant is to defray the start-up costs associated with developing career and technical education programs. The grants are providing funding for equipment for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs.

Galveston Daily News Grant Article

BOND 2023


The CTE is excited to begin planning for the new 100,000 sq ft facility with passing of the 2023 bond.  Research is underway regarding new program areas such as Maritime, IT/Cyber Security, Culinary Arts, and Firefighting.  When adding new programs, the goal is to partner with College of the Mainland (COM) to provide students dual credit in conjunction with Industry Based Certification (IBC) opportunities.

CTE Program of Study (POS) Updates


Veterinary Medicine: Dickinson High School began offering a Veterinary Medical Applications course to students this fall. The Veterinary Sciences program of study focuses on the science, research, and business of animals and other living organisms. Students learn how to apply biology and life science to real-world life processes of animals and wildlife, either in laboratories or in the field, which could include a veterinary office, farm, or ranch. Students also research or diagnose diseases and injuries of animals.  Instructor, Kaylee Phillips implemented a Doggy Daycare student run business in September which provides hands on experience for students to apply their coursework knowledge as they prepare to meet the requirements (200 in class hours of Veterinary Medical applications and labs, and 300 hours of unpaid internship experience with a licensed veterinarian) needed to sit for their Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certification


Applied Agriculture Engineering: Dickinson High School began offering Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technologies this fall. The pathway provides an overview of the various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their interrelationships. Students are developing engineering communication skills, including computer graphics, modeling, and presentations, by using a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Upon completing this course, students will understand the various fields of engineering and will be able to make informed career decisions. Further, students will have worked on a design team to develop a product or system. Students will use multiple software applications to prepare and present course assignments. New welding machines, plasma tables, and other equipment is in transit thanks to a grant we received for nearly $550,000 this past year. Agricultural Structures Design and Fabrication will be implemented in the fall of 2023.  Students are excited to compete in industry sponsored project-based learning challenges and are eager to earn American Welding Society (AWS) D 1.1, and (AWS) D 9.1, certifications.


Imaging Technology: DISD will be the first in the state of Texas to provide students with a simulation lab (slated to be completed on June 30th) and coursework leading to dual credit and a Limited Licensed Radiology Technologist (LLRT) certification opportunity thanks to a grant we received for nearly $750,000 this past year.  Instructor, Kristin Stewart is slated to teach Introduction to Imaging and Imaging I to students in the fall of 2023 followed by Imaging II and a practicum course in in 2024.  We have diligently sought after and secured clinics and hospitals willing to partner with us to provide our students the required hours needed to sit for their exams at the conclusion of the program.  


CTE Courses in grades 6-8

Planning for Courses: The CTE Department took part in CTE recruitment and career days throughout the district to ensure students 6-8 students are prepared to make informed decisions regarding their Program of Study (POS) pathway at Dickinson High School.

Committee for the Recruitment of an Engineering Workforce (CREW)


After a Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) Education and Workforce Development Committee meeting, Dickinson ISD began the charge of forming a steering Committee for the Recruitment of an Engineering Workforce (CREW) in conjunction with Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BAYTRAN), University of Houston-Clear Lake, San Jacinto College, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Industry partners (53 businesses and municipalities), and Pasadena ISD (Clear Creek ISD has since joined).  The vision of CREW is to create a comprehensive approach to preparing the engineering workforce to serve regional challenges and demands. The group met this summer to discuss goals for 2023, identify barriers and strategies to help close educational gaps, discuss planning and programming for the academic year, establish a roadmap to implement activities for CREW, and determine next steps in the implementation process.

Mission: All Dickinson ISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) students will graduate with Industry-Based Certifications (IBCs), licenses, and post-secondary certificates so they are positioned to successfully complete in the global workforce.


Vision: To provide Dickinson ISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) students with the college & career readiness skills and business and industry credentials needed for a successful transition to post-secondary education, career and / or the military.


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