Career Technical Education


Career Technical Education, CTE is focused on providing academic and technical educational opportunities for students, including rigorous and relevant career preparation.  By affording students, Programs of Study students are equipped with 21st century skills that prepare students for a highly competitive global economy.  CTE creates Programs of Study that empower students to secure high-wage, high skilled employment and seek advanced education and training.  In addition, CTE Programs of Study: 1) Increase students' options for professional Licenses and Certificates, 2) Meet the needs of current Labor Market, and 3) Enhance College and Career readiness skills.

At McAllen ISD, the Career Technical Education unit provides:

  • Dual enrollment opportunities with post-secondary institutions
  • Thirty two professional Licenses and Certifications student opportunities
  • Job shadowing and Wage Earning Internship opportunities
  • PREP – STC Employability Skills Certificate – Tenth Grade Course
  • Career and College Electronic System offered to all students K-12
  • Student participation opportunities regarding national student organizations - FIRST Robotics, BPA, DECA, SKILLS USA, HOSA, FCCLA, FFA.

CTE Vision

McAllen CTE Students are equipped with 21st century technical Skills that prepare them for a highly competitive global economy. Students are inspired to be lifelong learners that contribute to workforce and Community.

CTE Mission

The McAllen ISD Career Technical Education Program, is focused on improving academic and technical opportunities for students in high-wage, high-demand careers that include rigorous and relevant career preparation. CTE affords all students regardless of their career interest an opportunity to earn industry license certifications, opportunity for collaboration with business community members, and a college and career environment in all programs of study.


 Career Technical Education Student Enrollment Procedures – English

 Career Technical Education Student Enrollment Procedures – Spanish


  Download our Career Connections Booklet to find out more

  about Career Technical Education and the 15 career clusters.
(English 2018-19 |  Spanish 2018-19)                             
(English 2019-20Spanish 2019-20)

2017 RGV Lead Regional Data Report

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Career Technical Education Director
Lilia Sandoval-Silva
(956) 632-5181
McAllen High School CTE Counselor
Mirtha Jimenez
(956) 632-3148
Rowe High School CTE Counselor
Linda Babauta
(956) 632-8846 
Career Technical Education Coordinator
David Lyons
(956) 971-1162
Memorial High School CTE Counselor
Jeanne Dopp
(956) 632-5263 
Career Technical Education Coordinator
Diana A. Peña
(956) 661-4194