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Students work on laptops at the Collin College Hackathon

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

The Melissa CTE program provides a school culture that values career preparation as an integral part of the complete education process. Students are presented with opportunities for exploration through career pathways that offer multiple options for careers, from the entry level to those requiring doctoral degrees.

Students may utilize career skills and connections acquired in high school to obtain entry level employment upon graduation. Students may then utilize entry level skills and initial employment to gain experience in the field, earn additional industry certifications that lead to additional career paths, or provide a living wage income as they pursue higher education in a related or completely different field of study.

Programs of Study

New statewide CTE Programs of Study were adopted for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. These programs offer students a clear pathway through entry-, mid-, and advanced-level courses in a particular field. Most advanced courses will provide students the opportunity to earn industry-based certifications, internships, or practicums. With many of the introductory CTE courses now offered at the middle school level, students can "try on" several of the programs before making a decision to pursue one in depth. Students can complete an endorsement by completing a Program of Study.

Use the links below to access detailed information about each Program of Study currently available at Melissa ISD, including required courses, possible career occupations, and industry-based certification opportunities.

Students on the CTE Summer Workforce work to repair a rooftop AC unit

Industry Planning Guides

These guides were created by career professionals on the Melissa CTE Advisory Council for Melissa High School students who are interested in a career in an industry, but may not know where to begin.


Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are integral parts of a vibrant CTE program. CTSOs enable CTE teachers to embed leadership skills, business partnerships and career direction into curriculum. Students discover opportunities to serve, create, solve, compete, and to be a part of a team.

CTSO participation is available to all students in the CTE program without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, or disability.

Industry Certification Achievements

The following students have earned one of more industry certifications in the Melissa CTE Program.