Career and Technical Education

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All Leander ISD students have the opportunity to enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses along with their traditional core academic courses. CTE courses are designed to provide an authentic learning experience through academically rigorous and technology-rich curriculum and skill application in real-world opportunities. The goal is for students to create a balanced four-year plan that includes the best of both academic and CTE courses.

Students enrolled in certain CTE courses have the opportunity to participate in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) appropriate to the course in which they are enrolled. CTSOs promote leadership development, job skill training, and can provide scholarship opportunities. Students have the opportunity to reach advanced level CTE courses to increase the rigor of their learning and complete a CTE program of study sequence for an endorsement and/or earn industry recognized certifications.

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Career Clusters and Programs
LISD CTE Career Clusters: 
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology Communications
  • Business, Marketing, and Finance
  • Education and Training
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Law and Public Service
  • (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Other supported programs:

  • Career Preparation 
  • JROTC - Airforce and Navy
  • Journalism
  • PALS and Leadership
  • Speech and Debate

For more information on specific programs visit Programs of Study.

District Program Student Enrollment Forms

2020-2021 Program Form Submission is closed

All deadlines and enrollment process timelines are found on each individual form

Glenn High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form

Serving Glenn HS, Leander HS, Rouse HS

Cedar Park High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form

Serving Cedar Park HS, Vista Ridge HS, Vandegrift HS

Leander High School Cosmetology Student Enrollment Form

Serving all LISD High Schools

 A full list of CTE courses can be found in the LISD Course Catalog. Campus specific course/program student enrollment forms as noted in the course catalog can be found on campus Counseling Services websites.

Leander High School Counseling Services Cedar Park High School Counseling Services Vista Ridge High School Counseling Services Rouse High School Counseling Services Vandegrift High School Counseling Services Glenn High School Counseling Services


Student Organizations
LISD offers Career and Technical Student Organizations in all Career Cluster areas.

CTSOs are:

  • Included in federal legislation
  • Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Supported by state directors of CTE
  • Supported by state departments of education, including TEA
  • Eligible to all students for membership when enrolled in relative elective courses
CTSOs connect students to:
  • Industry 
  • Community
  • Instructors
 
  • Each other
  • Their own individual success
  • Team success
 
To learn more about CTSOs visit Student Organizations.
College & Career Resources
A doctor? An engineer? A plumber? Not knowing what your plans are after completing high school can be a frightening experience. Luckily, there are many free resources to help students decide on a career based on their interests and skills.

Each campus has a College and Career Center as well as Counseling Services to help them in choosing courses in their interest area:

Leander High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services
 

Cedar Park High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services 

 Rouse High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

Vista Ridge High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

 Vandegrift High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

 Glenn High School

College &  Career Center
Counseling Services

For more information visit College and Career Resources.

Industry & Community Engagement

*Programs and Content Under Development

Students gain real world authentic experiences by using the skills they learn in their CTE programs to work and serve in their community.

LISD featured work-based learning programs:

  • COOL Week
  • Practicum: Work-Based & Lab-Based Learning
  • School-Based Enterprise Experiences

To learn more about additional LISD work-based learning opportunities visit Industry & Community Engagement.

Middle School Experiences

LISD offers middle school courses within these areas:

  • Communications
  • STEM and Technology Applications
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Human Services
  • Robotics

For more information visit Middle School Experiences.
The full list of CTE courses can be found in the LISD Course Catalog.

Elementary School Experiences

Elementary elective experiences vertically aligned with middle school and high school programs:

  • freshINCedu

For more information visit Elementary School Experiences.

CTE Student of the Week
Check out all our CTE Student of the Week on the LISD Featured Stories (opens in a new window) page. 

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Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs
The Leander Independent School District offers Career and Technical Education Programs in sixteen different career cluster areas. Admission to these programs is based on interests and aptitude, age appropriateness, and available class space.
It is the policy of Leander Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Leander Independent School District will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.