Career and Technical Education

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Career and Technical Education


All students have the opportunity to enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses along with the more traditional core academic courses. CTE courses are designed to provide an authentic learning experience through academically rigorous and technology-rich curriculum and real-world applications. Ideally, students create balanced four-year plans that include the best of both academic and CTE classes.

Enrollment in CTE courses is open to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, religious affiliation, sex, or handicapping conditions. Safety is an important part of elective coursework and must be demonstrated before students are allowed to participate in any laboratory experience.

Each student enrolled in a Career and Technical Education course may have the opportunity to participate in a student organization appropriate to the course in which he/she is enrolled, which promotes leadership and job skill training and provides scholarship opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to reach advanced level CTE courses to increase the rigor of their learning and potentially complete a CTE coherent sequence for an endorsement and/or earn an industry recognized certification.

Students during COOL Week
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Keeping it COOL: Students participate in hands-on  
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CTE Programs of Study
These are the CTE programs of study: 
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communication
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Career Development
  • Cosmetology
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • JROTC
  • Journalism / Speech / Debate
  • Leadership Studies
  • Marketing
  • (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Technology Applications and Computer Science 
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Program Student Enrollment Forms

A full list of CTE courses can be found in the LISD 2019-2020 Course Catalog.

2019-2020 Leander ISD Cosmetology Student Enrollment Form- CLOSED

Serving All High Schools


2019-2020 Glenn High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form- CLOSED

Serving Glenn HS, Leander HS, Rouse HS


2019-2020 Cedar Park High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form- CLOSED

Serving Cedar Park HS, Vista Ridge HS, Vandegrift HS

CTE Student Organizations
There is a Career and Technical Education Student Organization for every discipline.

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 and
  • 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
College & Career Resources
Industry & Community Engagement

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

These Industry & Community Engagement opportunities are open to CTE students:

  • COOL Week
  • Practicum: Work-based & Skill-based Learning
  • Ready for Hire
Middle School Programs

Leander ISD offers certain courses students can take at the middle school level to further prepare them for CTE in high school.

These middle school programs are offered:

  • Gateway
  • Leadership
  • Robotics
  • Technology Applications
  • Yearbook 

To learn more about the courses offered at your students middle school check out the Middle School Course Catalog.

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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.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Career & College Pathways at cte@leanderisd.org.