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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.

Contact Information

Dr. Debi Crawford
Executive Director of Technology and HIRE Education

Doug Bingman
CTE Coordinator


To inspire students to discover a clear pathway to a happy, productive professional life.


The mission of the Melissa CTE program is to cultivate potential through rigorous classroom instruction infused with work-based experiences that open multiple pathways that prepare students for the challenges of post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

Robotics students show their robot at the Melissa High School Academic Expo

Statewide 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.

Click on the links below to access detailed information about each Program of Study that is currently available at Melissa ISD, which outlines required courses, possible career occupations, and industry-based certification opportunities.

Business & Industry Endorsement

Instructor: Chris Tyner

Marketing & Sales
Instructor: Chris Tyner

Accounting & Financial Services
Instructor: Lisa Hall

Business Management
Instructors: Eric Rodgers, Kalli Dishongh, and Lisa Hall

Networking Systems
Instructor: Tom Kyle

Digital Communications & Broadcast
Instructors: Rachel Nelson (High School) and Samantha Yarbrough (Middle School)

Design & Multimedia Arts with Mass Media Emphasis
Instructors: Rachel Nelson (High School) and Samantha Yarbrough (Middle School)

Design & Multimedia Arts with Design Emphasis
Instructors: Dustin Clark (High School) and Samantha Yarbrough (Middle School)

Local Programs of Study

Local Programs of Study allow students to participate in quality, industry-level CTE programs that differ slightly from a similar state-aligned program. 

Business Endorsement:
HVAC & Sheet Metal

Public Service Endorsement:

Public Service Endorsement

Teaching & Training
Instructors: Amy Tyner and Lawrence Dimmig

Law and Public Service
Instructor: Michael Hagood

Healthcare Therapeutic
Instructors: Hallie Venner, Brittany Rosch, and Paula Reyes

Exercise Science & Wellness

STEM Endorsement

Instructor: Rick Gagarin (MS Michael Simpson)

Instructor: Tom Kyle

Programming & Software DevelopmentSeparator
Instructor: Doug Bingman


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 program without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, or disability.


Melissa High School students officially started a SkillsUSA Chapter in 2016. For more information, please contact the SkillsUSA Sponsor, Doug Bingman at


The Melissa High School Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) is the place for students to expand upon the learning opportunities offered in the classroom. HOSA is not a club; it is an organization that promotes career opportunities in health care and supports young people who plan to pursue a health career.

Visit the HOSA Website