Career Workplace Preparation

Career and Technology Education courses allow students to use academic knowledge and problem solving skills while acquiring occupationally specific skills as part of their high school curriculum. As technology has enhanced access, variety and exchange of information, completion of high school may not follow the traditional route to post-secondary institutions. The State of Texas implemented career and technology education as a means to expand and achieve competency-based learning. Various types of programs are offered: laboratory program classes, practicums, internships and a variety of courses centered on technology.

Students have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications and licensures, leading to either more specialized instruction in a given field, or a leap forward on the path of post secondary education. Industry certifications are gaining importance in the business world as evidence of skill attainment. Earning a certification gives students a sense of accomplishment, a highly valued professional credential, and helps make them more employable with higher starting salaries. Industry certifications have been aligned with the Career Pathways. Certification opportunities are one avenue through which Career and Technology Education fulfills its goals under state law. The Texas Education Agency is providing as many opportunities as possible for student’s professional growth and development. CTE continues consultations with local businesses and industry to determine which certifications or licenses would be most sought after by area employees.

The mission of Rusk ISD’s Career and Technical Education program is to offer students quality instructional opportunities in both academic and career oriented programs of study to successfully prepare students for the challenges of post-secondary education and the competitive workforce.

Endorsement Areas of Study

The Endorsement approach in the selection of high school courses of study for students brings associated courses and fields of career interest together. By choosing an endorsement to follow, students have the opportunity to explore the real “world of work” through practicum programs as paid or unpaid interns. Our Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) program is giving students college credit for courses taken within a pathway while in high school. CTE is a great way for students to prepare for the highly technological and competitive workplace of the 21st century.

CTE Endorsements Options for Foundation Plan

Endorsements may be earned in the following areas:

Business and Industry

Public Services


Student Organizations

CTE has active student organizations involved in state and national competitions. Students are encouraged to join an organization associated with their career interest to practice the skills and knowledge gained in the lab and classroom setting. CTE students regularly compete and advance in nationally recognized competitions. RISD is fortunate to have students holding state and national offices in the past and present, highlighting the success of these initiatives.