Career Technical Education

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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.


Our Vision

McAllen ISD Career Technical Education students are equipped with 21st Century skills that prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for a highly competitive global economy and are inspired to be lifelong learners that contribute to workforce and community.

Our Mission

The mission of the McAllen ISD Career Technical Education Department is to cultivate potential in all students by integrating rigorous academic instruction and leadership development with relevant career-readiness skills that lead to high-wage, in-demand career and post-secondary opportunities. 



Download our Career Connections Booklet to find out more about Career Technical Education and the 15 career clusters.

(English 2021-22 |  Spanish 2021-22

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Career Connections Booklet

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Career Technical Education Director
Lilia Sandoval Silva
(956) 632-5181

Career Technical Education Coordinator
Linda Babauta
(956) 972-5722

Career Technical Education Coordinator
David Lyons
(956) 971-1162

Career Technical Education Coordinator
Diana A. Peña
(956) 661-4194

McAllen High School CTE Counselor
Mirtha Jimenez
(956) 632-3148

Memorial High School CTE Counselor
Jeanne Dopp
(956) 632-5263 

Rowe High School CTE Counselor
Claudia Hernandez-Rivera
(956) 632-8846