CTE News


    Exciting things are happening in CTE classrooms throughout Pearland ISD! Learn more about the workforce skills our students are gaining and the connections we are establishing with the business community.


    Students bound for SkillsUSA state competition!!! 

    The three Pearland Independent School District high schools are advancing 59 students to the state SkillsUSA competition April 5-8 in Corpus Christi.

    Learn more...


    Walking to End Type 1 Diabetes

    Dawson High School HOSA students walked to fundraise to end Type 1 diabetes on Saturday, October 28th  at the NRG stadium. These motivated students collectively raised a total of $485 to support the cause. Robert Leal, the vice president of the Dawson HOSA Chapter, describes his experience, “The best part of the walk was not only crossing the finish line, but also getting to be a part of a service that allowed us to raise so much money for JDRF and their diabetes research together as a family of hosiacs!”.

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    We have a winner!

    The Area III FFA territory includes 194 schools and Pearland FFA’s own Hollie Berg received 1st place in the Area Senior Creed Speaking contest, securing her ticket to the State Contest. State contest will be held this Friday and Saturday at Sam Houston State University.   




    In honor of HOSA Future Health Professionals week...

    Our community once again stepped up for Pearland ISD students. EMT students were able to take a closer look at a variety of emergency services. We want to give a big thank you to PHI Air Medical and Pearland Fire Department!





    A BIG THANK YOU to our business and industry partners for making the 2017 - 2018 CTE staff development a BIG SUCCESS!

    Our guest speakers started us off right! They did a phenomenal job of empowering our teachers to connect our students with local business and industry opportunities.

    A special thanks to our event speakers...

    Colby Nichols - Legislative Update

    Denise Smesney - Economic Alliance Houston Port Region - Dream It, Do It.

    Michael Roberson - Turner Industries - Industry Safety

    Chris Shade - Innovation in Education

    Matt Buchanan - Pearland Economic Development Update

    Jennifer Warren - Motivating and Connecting with Students





    Turner CCHS dental students provided free exams and fluoride treatments for students at Magnolia Elementary as part of Super Hero Smile Day.



    SKILLS USA - 2017

    Pearland High School and Turner High School students participated at SkillsUSA, Texas Leadership Conference & State Contest this past weekend in Corpus Christi.

    SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

    Pearland High School

    Eric Schellstede -Diesel Equipment Technology - 1st Place - GOLD

    Brandon Kraus - Motorcycle Service Technology - 2nd Place - SILVER

    Morgan Hardy - Construction Materials Identification - 2nd Place - SILVER

    Alex Landaverde - Construction Materials Identification - 2nd Place - SILVER

    Bass, Kyle - Building Search Technical Test - 3rd Place - BRONZE

    Brandon Kraus - Diesel Equipment Mechanics Technical Test - 3rd Place - BRONZE

    Shane Gaddis - Felony Traffic Stop Technical Test - 3rd Place - BRONZE

    Reid Kenagy - Building Search Technical Test - 3rd Place - BRONZE

    Ethan Martinez - Custom Long Board - Superior Rating

    Alex Landaverde - Bookcase - Excellent Rating

    Turner High School

    Sydney - Customer Service - 3rd Place - BRONZE


    Competition - Ready!



    Final Presentation!



    Working Hard!                                                                        



    Looking Sharp!      



    Dawson High School results:

    9 State Finalists and 3 of those are National Qualifiers for the International Career and Development Conference in Anaheim, CA!

                                     DHS DECA

    We had a fun and fruitful 2 days at the Skills USA District 9 Conference. All members of the Turner High School team qualified to compete in the state event!

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    CTE teachers and students are spreading the word about their programs all around Pearland ISD!


    Pearland High School Law Enforcement students demonstrating a proper traffic stop with the assistance of 5th grade Alexander Middle School students.

    Law Career Day


    Turner High School Health Science teacher and students discussing careers in the medical field with 6th graders.

    Health Science


    CTE and Ms. Jennifer Warren, a Houston area career coach, are working to teach impactful job skills to our students.


    Ms. Warren with our PACE students...

      J. Warren                  Handshake                  Tie                                                                          

      professionalism, resumes, and more              a proper handshake                                         learning about professional dress



    Oil and Gas students attend the OTC- Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Stadium












     The Offshore Technology Conference is the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. Mr. Harmon and his students had a wonderful experience at OTC learning more about their field of study!


    Students create CTE promo video 'This Is Your Life'

    The CTE Department has released a new promotional video. The video, featuring six Pearland ISD students who have benefited from active involvement in CTE programs, will be shown at junior high campuses and can help students and their families understand both the high school elective options and future career possibilities available to them.

    Watch CTE - This is Your Life. (Many thanks to Denise Hahn and the Turner Rail Cat Network!)

    CTE Programs Welcome Industry Representatives and Classroom Speakers

    U.S. Secret Service agent, Kim Smith, visited Mrs. Lozano-Gaitan’s law enforcement classes at Pearland High School. The students were able to watch a brief video that demonstrated the intense trainings each agent must pass before hire. Mrs. Smith discussed her experience with the agency, her likes and dislikes, and the biggest challenges she faces. Mrs. Smith has had the pleasure of meeting and been assigned protective detail of each of the living presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Discussing the role of an agent inspired lots of questions from our students and possibly helped them get one step closer to deciding on a career path.

      Joseph Montoya, UTI

    Joseph Montoya with Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Automotive Trade School visited Mr. Larson’s and Mr. Hall’s automotive classes at Pearland High School.

    Brad Crain, Crain Group

    Owner of Crain Group, LLC, Brad Crain, visited a few of our CTE classes at Pearland High School.

    Crowne Plaza Guest Speakers

    Jamye Kemp (right), sales manager, and August Washington (left), social catering manager, from Crowne Plaza Hotel visited Mrs. Jourdan’s hospitality classes at Glenda Dawson High School.   


    SSG Mitchell with the Texas Army National Guard visited with Mrs. Clay’s classes at Pearland High School. He brought along several combat medics to talk to the students about a different route for medical school and training. 

    Joel Bennett, Criminal Defense Attorney

    Joel Bennett, criminal defense attorney, stopped by Mrs. Lozano-Gaitan’s principles of law class at Pearland High School.


    Chef Steve, Grazia Italian Kitchen

    Steve Haug, executive chef for Grazia Italian Kitchen, held cooking demonstrations for Mrs. Braden’s students at PACE Center.

    CTE Teachers and Students had the Opportunity to Participate in Several Exciting ActivitiesCJ Harris Career Day

    Career Day at CJ Harris Elementary School

    We had several CTE programs represented at the CJ Harris Career Day.

    ·         Automotive Technology

    ·         Arts & A/V Technology

    ·         Construction Management

    ·         Culinary Arts

    ·         Engineering

    ·         Fashion Design

    ·         HVAC

    ·         Information Technology

    ·         Law Enforcement

    ·         Pharmacy Tech

    ·         Agriculture Small Animals & Livestock

    Our CTE teachers brought a few of their best students to speak about the programs. The elementary students had the opportunity to ask questions and think about what they might want to be in the future.

    Cupcake Wars

    Cupcake Wars

    Mrs. Jourdan’s students participated in a Cupcake Wars challenge. Each team had to incorporate  Oreos into their cupcakes. They also had to design a creative display. Chef Dunn served as a  judge for the contest and offered very notes and helpful critiques.



    Construction Expo

    2015 Construction Careers Expo

    Pearland ISD Career & Technical Education Department was represented with welding, HVAC, and construction students from Pearland High School and Robert Turner College and Career High School. The students participated in skills challenges against several other schools.

    Pearland High School student, Zach Arias, pictured with a representative of Bechtel Corporation was the winner of a Dewalt job site radio for correctly identifying 25 industrial construction tools in 38 seconds at the expo.

    Construction Expo Winner

    Texas State IT Winners

     Texas State IT Competition

     We had several students from Robert Turner College & Career High School compete in the Texas  State IT Competition.

     And the winners are……

     From left to right:

     Reagan Varela, 1st Place in Security Contest

     Jordan Rodecap, 1st Place in PC Troubleshooting Contest

     Joshua Williams, 2nd Place in PC Troubleshooting Contest

     Lillian Mahoney, 3rd Place in PC Troubleshooting Contest

     Helicopter       Ambulance      Fire Truck

    In honor of HOSA Week, we had a few visitors at Robert Turner College & Career High School from PHI Air Medical, Pearland Fire Department (fire truck and ambulance), and the Texas Children’s Kangaroo Crew ambulance.



    CTE New Archive

    September 2015