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CTE (Career and Technology) Course Descriptions (Tison)

Middle School Career and Technology Courses

Grades 6-7

College and Career Readiness

The career development process is unique to every person and evolves throughout one's life. Students will use decision-making and problem-solving skills for college and career planning. Students will explore valid, reliable educational and career information to learn more about themselves and their interests and abilities. Students integrate skills from academic subjects, information technology, and interpersonal communication to make informed decisions. This course is designed to guide students through the process of investigation in the development of a college and career readiness achievement plan. Students will use interest inventory software or other tools available to explore college and career areas of personal interest. Students will use this information to explore educational requirements for various colleges and a variety of chosen career paths.


Investigating Careers

The goal of this course is to create a foundation for success in high school, future studies, and careers such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Business and Industry; Public Service; Arts & Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies. The students research labor market information, learn job-seeking skills, and create documents required for employment. Career and technical education instruction provides content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills for students to further their education and succeed in current or emerging professions.



Communication is an integral part of our social, cultural, and academic lives. In speech, middle school students will develop effective communication skills to further their academic pursuits and to prepare for interaction in social, civic, and professional roles. Competent communicators develop skills focused on five identifiable functions of expressing and responding appropriately to feelings, participating in social traditions, informing, persuading, creating, and imagining.




Grade 8 (high school credit)


Touch Systems Data Entry

We are living in a world of Technology, and students must be prepared for the competition in the job market.  Students will explore how to create various business documents and research data using the Internet.  Students will also learn how to build speed and accuracy while taking timed writings and creating documents.  WISD is training students to use up-to-date software programs such as: PowerPoint, Word, Access, Excel, Publisher, and Google Docs.


Interpersonal Studies

Interpersonal Studies examines how the relationships between individuals and among family members significantly affect the quality of life. Students use knowledge and skills in family studies and human development to enhance personal development, foster quality relationships, promote wellness of family members, and pursue careers related to counseling and mental health services. This course focuses on the student’s development in several areas: family and friends, and education and career.  The course includes lessons regarding time management, collaboration and communication, decision making, stress management, and other skills required for success and independence.


Professional Communication

Understanding and developing skills in communication are fundamental to all other learning and to all levels of human interaction. For successful participation in professional and social life, students must develop effective communication skills. Rapidly expanding technologies and changing social and corporate systems demand that students send clear verbal messages, choose effective nonverbal behaviors, listen for desired results, and apply valid critical-thinking and problem-solving processes. Students enrolled in Professional Communication will be expected to identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and personal and professional presentations.