Carrigan Career and Technical Center opened its doors for the first time as a Technical Training Center in 1971 and brought seven different vocational programs, previously spread out over the district, under one "technical" roof. Now, in the new millennium, Carrigan is still producing workforce-ready citizens for the community. While the courses offered at Carrigan have changed over the years to meet the changing needs of the community, Carrigan's commitment to career and technical training never has.
The Construction Trades course at Carrigan can be a kick-start to a career filled with opportunities. Construction professionals coordinate projects varying from residential buildings to the construction of buildings like schools and hospitals. Construction Trades students receive academic coursework in carpentry as well as hands-on carpentry training. These students learn the basic trade skills and safety practices needed to work on-site, including trade math instruction and hand and power tool operations.
Auto Collision and Repair is a simulation of a working body shop. Students receive instruction in major collision repairs, estimations for repairs, body and metal repairs, auto glass procedures, priming techniques, and structural integrity. The course is open to students in grades 11 through 12. Students who graduate having taken Auto Collision Repair I and II are prepared for employment in the after-market field of auto body repair and refinishing.
Carrigan’s Cosmetology program is a 2-year course offered to 11th and 12th grade students. Students clock 1000 hours of laboratory training in addition to 500 hours of academic instruction. Cosmetology students are given the opportunity to perform services for the general public as part of their training. Upon completion of this two year course, graduates have received the tutelage required to take and pass the State Board written and practical exams needed to become licensed Cosmetologists in Texas.
Electronics I and II offers students the hands-on training needed to work in the electronic systems industry, including skills in the design, integration, installation, and maintenance of electronic systems. This career field can lead to exciting jobs in robotics and automation or engineering. Once students learn the basics in Electronics I, they advance to building a myriad of electronic devices. Students learn fundamentals of electronic assembly, including use and care of tools, hardware and components. They develop industrial level skills in connecting and soldering electronic components, safety practices and workmanship standards. The course is open to students in grades 11 – 12.
Welders are employable in many different industry groups from machinery manufacturers to the artistic creation of fountains and sculptures found in cities around the world. Given its role in building and repair, welding holds increasing job opportunities as the demand for skilled craftsmen grows. Welding I is a pre employment laboratory course that introduces students to basic welding skills, while Welding II is a more advanced course in which students work on individual projects as well as group work. The course is open to students grades 11 - 12.