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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 & Courses:

Programs of Study in the CTE program offer students a clear "career pathway" through entry-, mid-, and advanced-level courses in a particular field.

To satisfy graduation requirements, Melissa High School students can choose to earn their Endorsement in CTE by completing courses within a chosen Program of Study. The three Endorsement areas are Business & Industry, Public Service, and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Most advanced courses within a Program of Study will provide students the opportunity to earn industry-based certifications, internships, and/or practicums.

With many introductory CTE courses offered at the middle school level, students can "try on" several Programs of Study in middle school before making a decision to pursue one program in depth in high school.

Below you will find detailed information about each Program of Study currently available at Melissa ISD, including course offerings and requirements, possible career occupations, and industry-based certification opportunities.

A Closer Look at Fashion Design:

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A Closer Look at Health Science:

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A Closer Look at Engineering:

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Industry Planning Guides:

The guides below were developed by career professionals on the Melissa CTE Advisory Council, intended for use by Melissa High School students who are interested in a career in an industry, but may not know where to begin in order to get there.


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.