Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • Public Law 109-270 - Aug. 12, 2006 amended the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 and is most widely known as the "Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006."

    The purpose of this Act is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.  It calls for States and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and assist students to meet the standards for preparation of high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions. A central idea of this Act is to support partnerships among secondary schools, post­ secondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institu­tions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries to provide individuals with opportunities to keep the United States competitive.


    CTE Program Areas


    • Agricultural Science and Technology Education (food, fiber, and animal production and agribusiness
    • Business Education (accounting, business administration, management, information technology, and entrepreneurship)
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Education (culinary arts, child development, housing and interior design, and life management skills)
    • Health Science Technology Education (nursing, dental, and medical technicians)
    • Marketing Education (management, entrepreneurship, merchandising, and retail)
    • Technology Education (production, communication, and transportation systems)
    • Trade and Industrial Education (skilled trades such as automotive technology, carpentry, and computer-aided drafting)


    Career Clusters 



    Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources


    Architecture and Construction


    Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications


    Business Management and Administration


    Education and Training




    Government and Public Administration


    Health Science


    Hospitality and Tourism


    Human Services


    Information Technology


    Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security






    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


    Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics




    Articulation is a planned process linking El Paso Community College and high school Career and Technology Education (CATE) courses.  Within articulated Tech-Prep programs are articulated courses. High school courses that contain the same course content as an equivalent college course, and for which a post-secondary institution has agreed to award college credit if the student meets requirements.


    For more information please visit the EPCC link below:





The ESC - Region 19 CTE Program provides the following services to districts:

    • Academic and Career & Technical Education integration and applied learning strategies.
    • Activities to promote student enrollment in nontraditional courses and increase awareness and understanding of nontraditional careers.
    • Coordination with local ISD Career & Technical Education Directors and/or representatives via monthly CTE update/needs assessment meetings.
    • Communications and networking among LEAs, Workforce Development Boards, Colleges, Universities, and TEA career education staff to promote the goals and objectives of Perkins and Career & Technical Education.
    • Relationship establishment with colleges & universities for potential articulation and dual enrollment and opportunities.
    • Implementation of career guidance programs, 7-12, and the development of career pathways, including sequence of courses, for all students.
    • PEIMS coding training for CTE course sequence based on student 4-year plan.
    • Prepare districts for an onsite PBM visit.
    • Preparation for districts scheduled for Civil Rights Compliance Monitoring and Performance Based Monitoring for CTE.
    • Information regarding Nondiscrimination statement for publication prior to beginning of school year.
    • Technical assistance in adapting Texas Achievement Plan (TAP) as part of the districts graduation plans.
    • Technical assistance to high school counselors in Career Pathways, advanced course work, and college preparation information.
    • Technical assistance in review/understanding the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook.
    • Program Access Review (PAR) utilization to identify barriers to access for students to CTE programs.


    Career and Technical programs are dedicated to preparing young people to manage the dual roles of family member and wage earner. Career and technical programs enable students to gain entry-level employment in a high-skill, high-wage job and/or to continue their education.





District CTE Programs of Study

Contact Information

  • Angelica Haro


    Information & Instructional Technology Services 



    Oscar Carrera

    Professional Development Consultant

    Information & Instructional Technology Services



    Jeffrey Strom

    Professional Development Consultant

    Information & Instructional Technology Services





    Education Service Center - Region 19 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other bases prohibited by law. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, IX, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 504 may be referred to the Human Resources Manager, 6611 Boeing Drive, El Paso, Texas 79925.