Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is focused on delivering students of all ages hands-on, skills-based education that better prepares them for future education or entering the workforce.

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South Texas ISD paved the way for Career & Technical Education (CTE) in the Rio Grande Valley with the establishment of its first vocational magnet school in 1984.

Since that time, the district has grown and developed its campuses and CTE programs, offering RGV students innovative educational opportunities.
STISD continues to build and strengthen courses, programs, and certification opportunities through organizations/extracurriculars that meet the individual interests and needs of our students. For the 2023-2024 School Year, we will offer 22 different Programs of Study within 9 Career Clusters, all intended to provide our students an advantage in their career.
With the wide variety of Career Clusters and Programs of Study at STISD, there is something here for every student. We are always innovating, and we offer state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and high-quality instruction by teachers who are experts in their fields. Your time at South Texas ISD will set you on the path to a successful career, and we are excited to guide you through it!
Our STISD Career & Technical Education Guide will help provide a perspective for current students and families to find their fit. We encourage you to look through the guide to learn more about available programs at STISD. The short quizzes and sample occupations will help you to define your areas of interest, and campus counselors are available to answer more specific questions as you decide your path to success. 

Download: Career & Technical Education Guide 

Career Clusters at South Texas ISD

Click on each icon below to explore the 9 available Career Clusters + 21 Programs of Study offered at South Texas ISD. Individual course descriptions and information regarding industry-based certifications are also available.


Community Partnerships

At South Texas ISD, we are grateful for our community partners and the invaluable experiences they provide to our students as they pursue their CTE programs of study. We are always open to establishing new partnerships to offer even richer learning opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming one of our STISD Business/Industry Partners, please contact our CTE department at (956) 514-4268 or submit your contact information with the link below. Thank you! 

Click here to complete the CTE Partner in Education form

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Career & Technical Education Half-Day Program

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Through the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Half-Day Program, students with special needs can take the majority of their academic classes at their home high schools and take three career and technical education courses and one core academic course at STISD high schools.

The purpose of the program is to teach students in a real work environment so they gain a marketable edge in the workforce. Further, students gain the confidence they need to continue their education after high school. Graduates of the program have solid technical and social skills. 

Click here to learn more about the CTE Half-Day Program at STISD


Labor Market Information


South Texas ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability or genetic information in employment or provision of services, programs or activities.

South Texas ISD no discrimina de acuerdo a raza, color, origen nacional, genero, religión, edad, información genética, o incapacidad en el empleo o la disposición de servicios, programas o actividades.

2023-2024 Notice: Non-Discrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs (English) | 2023-2024 Carreras y Educación Técnica Notificación Publica de No Discriminación (Spanish)



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Contact: Vanessa Rivera, Career & Technical Education Director | | 956.514.4268

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