Career & Technical Education

Promoting college, career & military readiness for all students

Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. 

Association of Career and Technical Education

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CTE Specialist TJ Arndt hosts a Welding Certification Session for teachers. During the session, these teachers are trained to certify their students in welding industry-based certifications for College, Career, and Military Readiness.
ESC Region 12 offers professional development, expert assistance and guidance in meeting Career and Technical Education (CTE) state and federal requirements, as well as providing college, career and military readiness information and resources.
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  • Career & Technical Education Services which include:

    • Professional development 
    • Expert college, career and military preparation assistance
    • Quarterly updates on state and federal guidelines 
    • Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) updates/interventions
    • Yearly updates on the Attendance Accounting Handbook
    • Labor market and career information from the Heart of Texas and Central Texas Workforce Development Boards
    • Connections with secondary & post-secondary institutions
    • Ongoing information through CTE email group
    • Connections with P-20 Councils
    • CTE Virtual PLCs
    • Annual College and Career Readiness Workshop

    Training opportunities >


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  • ESC Region 12 offers the Carl Perkins SSA program to schools with a CTE allotment of less than $15,000, which is required to join an SSA. However, the program is also open to districts that would like to benefit from being part of an SSA. The Perkins SSA program provides professional development, expert assistance, and guidance to help schools meet state and federal requirements for Career and Technical Education (CTE). Moreover, it offers resources and information on college, career, and military readiness.


    Benefits include:

    • Quarterly updates on state and federal guidelines for Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    • Technical assistance to districts to align their programs of study
    • Yearly updates on the Attendance Accounting Handbook
    • The labor market and career information from the Heart of Texas and Central Texas Workforce Development Boards
    • Tabletop evaluations of master schedules, classes, and endorsements
    • Connections with both secondary and post-secondary institutions
    • Ongoing information is available through the Perkins email group
    • Collaborations with Convenor Grant for connections of industry to education development
    • Assistance for College, Career, and Military support
    • Collaborations with local industries to bridge educational partnerships
    • Technical support for Carl D Perkins Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Grant
    • Technical evaluation and support for CTE coding and funding
    • Unlimited attendance at all ESC Region 12 CTE training sessions at no cost
    • Technical assistance for districts to align programs of study
    • Technical assistance to evaluate the district's CTE program
    • Technical assistance is needed for CTE alignment of industry-based Certification


    Training opportunities >


    CTE Carl Perkins SSA Flyer >


    Note: To receive Carl Perkins Services, districts allocated less than $15,000 must become a member of a consortium.

  • This membership offers the latest training, expert assistance, informational updates and networking for all member district staff at an affordable package price.

    Benefits include: 

    • Quarterly Session updates on state and federal CTE guidelines 
    • Yearly updates on the Attendance Accounting Handbook 
    • Labor market and career information from the Heart of Texas and Central Texas Workforce Development Boards 
    • Connections with secondary & post-secondary institutions
    • Collaborations with local industries to bridge educational partnerships 
    • Ongoing information through the CTE email group 
    • Collaborations with Convenor Grant for connections of industry to education development
    • College, Career, and Military Readiness Support 
    • Carl D Perkins Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Grant Technical Assistance
    • CTE Coding and Funding Technical Assistance 
    • Unlimited attendance at all ESC Region 12 CTE training sessions at no cost 
    • CTE Coding and Funding Technical Assistance


    Training opportunities >


    CTE Council Membership Flyer >

  • Program Effectiveness Audit for Districts needing assistance with Program Access Review and Program Evaluation Services for CTE program development which provides a viable picture of a CTE program through

    • District Data review
    • Teacher and student surveys
    • District facility review for accessibility
    • Classroom/Laboratory observations
  • Contact:

    Terry (TJ) Arndt

    (254) 297-1199



    Provide in-depth training and consultative support for a campus leadership team by:

    • Providing the College and Career Profile Planning Guide Tool for campus planning
    • Providing support with building a college and career readiness foundation with a campus leadership team. (Prerequisite to implementing the College and Career Readiness Profile Planning Guide Tool.)
    • Providing support to the leadership team in gathering data to make informed, targeted decisions that support a college and career ready culture.
    • Providing support to the leadership team to prioritize college and career readiness goals to develop a comprehensive action plan to decide how to take action on the established goals.
    • Providing training and support in the CCR Profile Planning Guide Implementation.
      • CCR Profile Planning Guide: College and Career Readiness Foundations (prerequisite to implementing the College and Career Readiness Profile Planning Guide.)
      • CCR Profile Planning Guide: Engaging the Campus Leadership Team with Data
      • CCR Profile Planning Guide: Prioritizing College and Career Ready GoalsCCR Profile Planning Guide: Developing a Comprehensive Action Plan
    • Maintain a system of networking among ESC Region 12 districts for information dissemination and regional systemic support for college and career readiness goals, including connections with the local P-20 Council, including the Connect3 Conference.
CTE Staff Listing
Education Specialist - Coordinator
(254) 297-1199
Director, Federal Programs
(254) 297-1252
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Career and Technical Education
Information will be sent to update group members regarding CTE / Perkins IV deadlines. Updates and changes in Perkins IV will be sent out with information that pertains to both state and federal Career and Technical requirements. In addition to this, all CTE workshops and activities will be announced to remind all members of current offerings and professional development activities available.   
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Held annually in April, this event is the premiere Career Exploration Event for Youth in the Heart of Texas. Students are exposed to in-demand occupations with leading employers in high-growth industries. Youth are provided with a clear understanding of career opportunities, hands-on activities, and access to dual credit opportunities. 

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CTE and College Readiness Conference

The Regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Conference is held each June.  This annual conference includes aspects of College Readiness.  CTE is at the forefront of educational reform and is leading dynamic change that will positively impact students across the nation for the next decade and beyond.  Join us for a premier professional learning experience to help teachers, counselors and administrators enhance their skills and continue to build partnerships with all stakeholders in the education of our future workforce. 


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  • Ever wonder why CTE, PEIMS, and counselors should be best friends?  CTE coding, funding, endorsements, and 4-year plans is why.  CTE has a part in all aspects of funding, accountability, and graduation.  In this session we will discuss the new CTE automated Coding from TEA, Summer PEIMS, all reports in TSDS, Service IDs, Pass/Fail Indicator, funding turned on for CTE courses, IBC charts, Program of Studies, Transcripts, and 4 year plans.
  • Participants will engage in the TEA provided training that guides counselors through all aspects of CTE.

  • Participants will receive the latest updates on the Perkins IV pertaining to Career and Technical Education Programs.

    This network meeting will encompass State/Federal Accountability and requirements for new and existing CTE Administrators. In addition, participants will receive information on CTE TEKS updates, programs and services for counselors, parental involvement, and continuous improvement.

  • Anyone who has completed a FAFSA knows that there are many steps and considerations. In this event, you'll have access to experts in FAFSA and financial aid, and learn about not only what resources are available for you to conduct a successful FAFSA event, but learn of tips for ensuring better participation.

  • Perkins SSA Family and Consumer Science Teachers. Enhance your child development program with the use of RealCare babies. ESC Region 12 has purchased 10 RealCare babies that can be checked out on a monthly basis. Teachers must attend this workshop to have access to the RealCare babies. 

    RealCare Baby engages users by crying to be fed, burped, rocked or changed, and cooing when its needs have been met.

    This electronic baby simulator holds users accountable by tracking, measuring and reporting on care events, mishandling actions (including Shaken Baby Syndrome), head support and wrong position, time in a car seat, and clothing changes.
  • In this session, learn how to support English Learners in your Career and Technology classes. 

    Often the most interesting classes for any student, Career and Technology Education (CTE) has a unique opportunity to engage English Learners (EL) and help shape their academic language and career path. Come learn about ways to feel confident and prepared when working with English Learners.

    Relevance and Engagement are two of the key factors for students' success in Mathematics. In order to achieve the ultimate results, students need to experience learning through their active participation in their math courses.  In this session, we will explore effective tech-based methods and applications for quick and easy implementation in your Career and Technology classes.

Career & College Readiness: P-16 Initiatives

“P-16” describes an integrated system of education stretching from preschool (the “P”) through a four-year college degree (“grade 16”). It is designed to improve student achievement by getting children off to a good start, raising academic standards, conducting appropriate assessments, improving teacher quality and generally smoothing student transitions from one level of learning to the next. It also focuses on helping all children meet the proficiency levels needed to succeed at the next education level and in the workforce.

The P-16 philosophy supports students during their early education and K-12 public school experience and builds a bridge from high school completion to postsecondary success. 
Membership includes local and regional K-12, higher education, and business and community leaders.

Regional P-16 Councils work to address the complex issues in their local education systems, while promoting a college-going culture and serving the important purpose of strengthening the state’s progress toward the goals of Closing the Gaps.

ESC Region 12 is a member of the Centroplex P-20 Council, Heart of Texas P-20 Council and Navarro College P-16 council.

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