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Bryan ISD Advisory Council Maps out Plans for New Career & Technical Education Center

BRYAN, TX – July 18, 2018 – Plans for the new Bryan ISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) Center are well underway as the CTE Exploratory Committee transitions to an official Advisory Council, which will guide all program development and resource acquisition for the new center set to open at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

The CTE Advisory Council is made up of representatives from Blinn College, Texas A&M University, the City of Bryan, and local business members. They will be working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, industry leaders and other community stakeholders to make data-informed decisions to help Bryan ISD students become career ready while meeting the workforce needs of local and regional businesses. The planning stage has begun and will continue through the fall of 2018.

“We are excited about beginning this comprehensive work to expand our programs for Bryan ISD students,” said David Reynolds, Director of CTE. “The planning stage is crucial so that we can map out the coursework that is needed, as well as acquire the appropriate resources and equipment for our growing CTE programs.”

In April, the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees approved the $5 million purchase of a facility to house a state-of-the-art CTE center, with nearly 50,000 square feet of learning space on 119 acres in north Bryan. The District anticipates expanding course offerings to meet the demands of increasing student enrollment in CTE classes at the junior and senior level. Approximately 3,500 students are currently enrolled in CTE programs in grades 8 through 12.

Currently, there are 27 career programs and 94 courses. Program areas include:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The goal of Bryan ISD’s CTE programs is to help students identify career goals, determine the education necessary to achieve those goals, and acquire marketable skills that can be used in a career immediately after graduation and/or as a means to support themselves while pursuing further education. By blending hands-on experiences with rigorous academics, Career and Technical Education helps prepare students for the emerging global marketplace.

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