Career & Technical Education


New Braunfels ISD offers Career and Technology Education courses for secondary students who are offered challenging classes in multiple career pathways. Students are actively engaged in activities and projects using critical thinking and problem solving skills.

New Braunfels ISD CTE Mission: 
Career and Technology Education prepares students to excel in the planning and development of future career opportunities. NBISD will develop quality instructional partnerships with business and industry to prepare students for post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce. 
  • Rachel Behnke
    Director of Career and Technology Education

    Jennifer Dick

Career Clusters
One of the keys to improving student achievement is providing students with relevant contexts for studying and learning. Career Clusters™ do exactly this by linking school-based learning with the knowledge and skills required for success in the workplace. The National Career Clusters™ Framework is comprised of 16 Career Clusters™ and related Career Pathways to help students of all ages explore different career options and better prepare for college and career.

New Braunfels ISD offers access to 11 of the Career Clusters.

Each Career Cluster™ represents a distinct grouping of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require. The 16 Career Clusters™ and related Career Pathways provide an important organizing tool for schools to develop more effective programs of study (POS) and curriculum.

Career Clusters™ offered at New Braunfels High School: 
•Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business Management & Administration
Education & Training
Health Science
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

HB 5 signed by governor; CTE implications
June 10, 2013

Governor Rick Perry signed into law today HB 5 which will lead to significant changes to high school students by giving them more flexibility to students who want to focus on career and technical education training.

In light of these upcoming changes, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has indicated he wants Texas to be a national leader in career training. HB 5 will allow students more flexibility to explore interests as they prepare for higher education and the workforce. The new legislation also creates a foundation graduation plan that allows high school students to create a personal graduation plan that promotes college and workforce readiness. Students will also be able to earn an additional endorsement in one of five areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Business and Industry, Public Services, Arts and Humanities or Multidisciplinary Studies.

Other bills signed by Gov. Perry will have implications on CTE programming:

HB 809 (Rep. Davis) – Requires the Texas Workforce Commission to provide quarterly updates to TEA relating to current and projected employment opportunities. School districts will use the information to plan and implement career and technology education and training programs.

HB 842 (Rep. Bell) – Changes the College Credit Program by allowing a student the opportunity to earn credit for a course or activity that satisfies a requirement necessary to obtain an industry credential, certificate, or associate degree concurrently with the student’s high school diploma if the course is approved by the THECB.

HB 2201 (Rep. Farney) – Requires the SBOE to ensure that at least six career and technology courses, including a course in personal financial literacy, are approved by September 1, 2014 to satisfy a fourth credit in math.

HB 3662 (Rep. Clardy) – Creates the Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program, which would provide certain school districts and institutions of higher education with the opportunity to establish innovative programs designed to prepare students for careers in areas of demand in Texas.

SB 441 (Sen. Birdwell) – Establishes the Texas Fast Start Program to identify and develop methods supporting competency-based, rapid-deployment education delivery models that maximize academic or workforce education credit from public junior and state colleges and technical institutions in order to expedite entry into the workforce.

Texas College & Career website launched
January 16, 2013
There is now a resource website - Texas College & Career - to provides the key components of college and career planning in one centralized location that’s easy to use. It’s accessible online anywhere, anytime and is available to fully browse in English or Spanish. The new resource site is available statewide at no cost to all Texas secondary students, their families, and educators.

Recently launched by the Texas Education Agency and funded by the 82nd Texas Legislature, the college and career readiness portal provides online college and career preparation assistance to students, parents or guardians, school counselors, mentors, and educators.

The site includes the following:

Interactive Planning Tools
Texas College & Career has interactive planning tools and checklists, including intuitive portfolio and resume building, interactive self-assessments, compatible career exploration, and ways to help search for scholarships and analyze financial aid costs.

College & Career Search Tools
Texas College & Career helps to customize college and career searches, collaborate on college and career lists, search 4,500+ college profiles and 1,100 career profiles, and compare these profiles with student interests.

Communication Tools
Parents and educators can connect with students to send emails and alerts to communicate important events and deadlines. Students can receive reminders on upcoming test, scholarship, or application deadlines.

Link to the website here.

Online employment guide now available
April 18, 2013

US Dept of Labor’s Online Employment Guide Now Available The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has developed a new online guide to help students and job seekers chart their future career paths. The guide—What’s My Next Move? —connects young people to career exploration resources available on the CareerOneStop (COS) ( website and the O*NET site, My Next Move (

The guide encourages students to think and make decisions about their futures, and to engage with career counselors, workforce professionals, teachers, and parents or guardians. What’s My Next Move? leads students through a seven-step process that begins with a self-assessment of their career interests, helps them identify the education and skills they will need to qualify for a job in specific occupations, and ends with a comprehensive career plan that can be shared with high school guidance counselors, parents, teachers, and workforce professionals in the American Job Centers Network.

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