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Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs offer students challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. CTE delivers real-world options and skills to students for college and career goals while allowing them to explore career options and personal passions through authentic and rigorous learning.


CTE programs impart meaningful information on careers in high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations; provides a rigorous and relevant pathway for students seeking immediate entry into a career or postsecondary education; allows students to achieve industry-based certifications and gain relevant technical knowledge and skills; and expands the high school experience by providing opportunities for work-based learning.

High-Quality CTE Program

A high-quality CTE program of study in Comal ISD prepares students for entry-level employment in a specific occupation and is aligned with business/industry standards.

  • Consists of a coherent sequence of three or more CTE courses, including strong academic and career and technical courses
  • May lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the secondary level
  • Incorporates opportunities to participate in structured learning experiences and career and technical student organizations (CTSO)
  • Provides students with opportunities to earn college credit for college courses successfully completed during high school (e.g., dual/concurrent credit or articulated credit)
  • Incorporates applied, contextual, cross-curricular and interdisciplinary instructional strategies into the curricula

CTE Courses are organized by 16 Career Clusters

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction Arts
  • A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business, Management, and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales & Service
  • Science Technology Engineering & Math
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • SkillsUSATexas
  • Texas Association of Future Educators
  • Texas FFA Association
  • Texas Technology Students Association (TSA)

19 TAC Chapter 127 Career Development Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Public Notification of Non Discrimination in CTE programs

It is the policy of Comal ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.