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Career and Technical Education

Some students go to college.

All students go to work.

Career and Technical Education prepares students for both.


Long gone are the days of “vocational education.”  The Brownwood ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is dedicated to preparing young people to manage the dual roles of family member and wage earner. Our goal is to enable students to gain entry-level employment in a high-skill, high-wage job and to continue their education after high school.  Our programs provide in-depth training in both academic and technical courses that connects what students learn in the classroom with how they will use that information in the “real world.”


*      More than half of the jobs of the future will require skills beyond those students learn through core curriculum.  Source:  Texas Workforce Commission


*      Career and Technology Education (CTE) is a perfect avenue to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century economy.  Source: TEA


*           Only 20% of all jobs are in professions

*           65% of all jobs are skilled occupations

*           Only 15% are unskilled

          Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor

A 1998 National Education Goals Panel survey in Texas found that:

  • Of 1,000 high school students, 86% graduate
  • Of that 86%, only 50% go to 4-year college.
  • Of that 50%, only 20% graduate.
  • So, it is estimated only 86 of 1,000 Texas high school students (8.6%) complete a four-year college education. 

What happens to the rest??



How Will Brownwood ISD Career and Technology Education Prepare Our Students?

* Providing Career Awareness for students grades K-12

* Teaching entry level skills for high demand occupations

* Training students in the work habits needed for success on the job

* Providing college level courses at low or no cost to students/parents while in high school

* Providing networking and community connections with local business leaders and industries

* Providing scholarship opportunities

* Providing Industry Certifications for students while in high school

* Partnering with Core teachers (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) to add “real world” context to the concepts students learn in their classes

It is the policy of the Brownwood Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in its general and vocational programs, services, or activities, or in its employment practices.  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 Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, David McCullough, at, (325)643-5644.