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District Promotes Career and Technical Education

Students enrolled in a Principles of Construction class at Smithson Valley High School recently began working on a project. Pictured in back from left are Alexis Vazquez-Tinajero and Truitt Davidson; pictured lifting the platform from left are Edgar Sanchez, Rene Rivera and Zach Olson.

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month and Comal Independent School District says its program results in jobs in fields with a high demand for employment and post-secondary education.

Tina Olcott, the district’s CTE coordinator, said what used to be called vocational education or vo-tech continues to provide students with opportunities in a variety of fields and career paths including automotive, construction, culinary arts, entrepreneurship, and more.

“The opportunities are extensive,” Olcott said in an article Comal ISD posted on its website. “Our programs give students the opportunity to explore an interest and possibly spark a passion that may lead to their dream job or career.”

CTE begins at the middle-school level with opportunities for students to engage in classes that “help them explore careers and find their passions.” District schools offer courses in manufacturing and human services.

High school courses are organized by career cluters and include everything from floral design and landscape management to audio/video production and welding.

Clusters include:

  • Agriculture
  • Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts
  • A/V Technology and Communications
  • Business and Management
  • Administration and Marketing
  • Career Development
  • Education and Training
  • Finance, Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Public Safety
  • Corrections and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Automotive and Aviation



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