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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About the Career Education Center (CEC)

The Top 10 Things You Should Know About the Career Education Center (CEC)


  1. The Career Education Center will open in Fall 2017.


  1. The CEC Center will have a T-shaped design.


  1. The CEC will have a one-story wing that will house industrial spaces with high-ceiling laboratories and work spaces.


  1. The CEC will feature a two-story wing that will be home to non-industrial career pathways, such as cosmetology, audio-visual production, graphic design, criminal justice, medical science and computer networking.


  1. WFISD is seeking design and program direction from 100 local business leaders in 15 industries. These are the people who will eventually hire CEC graduates.


  1. Career Education Center Coordinator Michelle Wood created a Community Advisory group for each industry featured in the CTE Center. Each group meets for one hour several times a year. She asked for their input on lab spaces, machinery, equipment, and skill sets.


  1. The next round of Community Advisory groups meets in Fall 2016. Mrs. Wood will ask about the best curriculum to put before students.


  1. Current freshmen and sophomores, who will be the first to take hands-on training at the CEC when it opens, have already selected their favorite endorsement of the five created by the state. If they don’t like it, they can change their minds and pick another.


  1. Current freshmen and sophomores are currently enrolled in their endorsement’s yearlong principles course. It provides an overview to their chosen industry and the jobs within it. Two new popular ones: Industrial Trades and Health Science.


  1. The seven principles classes are now taught at every high school campus.



The Career and Technical Education Center will be located on a 100-acre property at 4201 Henry S. Grace Freeway. Three pieces of land were recently purchased and combined with a fourth land tract off Hatton Road, which was already owned by the district.


Programs currently offered:

Automotive Collision Repair

Automotive Technology

Electrical Technology


Agriculture Science


Floral Design

Ag Facilities & Design

Vet Assisting

Equine Science




Audio/Visual Production

Graphic Design



Education and Training

Counseling/Mental Health

Culinary Arts/Hospitality

Criminal Justice

Health Science (CNA, LVN, OT/PT, Health Information Management, EMT)

Computer Information Technology