On Wednesday, Corpus Christi ISD hosts a high school exhibit showcasing career and tech programs across the county.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday from 6 pm to 8 pm in the cafeteria of Carroll High School. Students in grades seven through ninth are encouraged to explore the various offerings on each school campus in the district.
“Sometimes students are not aware of all the opportunities that are available to them,” said Brian Davis of CCISD College, Office of Careers and Military Training.
Some programs are only offered on one campus, but students from all over the district can apply to transfer and take advantage of these “elective programs.”
“Let’s say there is a student in the King (High School) zone who is interested in dentistry,” Davis said. “Well, Carroll has a dental program. They can apply to study at Carroll and if they are accepted they will move from King to Carroll.”
Some of the programs include drones, dentistry, maritime science, construction management, healthcare, agriculture, law enforcement, and culinary arts. Students who complete the professional and technical program have the opportunity to earn industry certifications.
During the event, families can talk to teachers and current students in each program to see if they are interested.
“Students go out and see what they choose before they make a choice,” Davis said. “They can actually ask questions to the teacher and students and get first hand information about what they are signing up for.”
Freshmen are encouraged to attend the event if they are considering changing the program. In addition to CCISD high school students, families from other districts and the local community can get involved to see what the district has to offer, Davis said.
Most programs of study take three years to complete, with students choosing a path before or during their first year of study. Thereafter, the student may still study and attend the program, but may not be able to complete all the classes in the program of study.
Professional and technical programs are optional classes in addition to the core classes required for graduation.
“We don’t just encourage our students to transfer, but we want them to feel confident that they are doing what they enjoy and make sense of,” Davis said. “If we have one, we want to make sure that all students in our district can benefit from it, not just if they live in a certain (school) area.”
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