Career and Technical Education

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All Leander ISD students have the opportunity to enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses along with their traditional core academic courses. CTE courses are designed to provide an authentic learning experience through academically rigorous and technology-rich curriculum and skill application in real-world opportunities. The goal is for students to create a balanced four-year plan that includes the best of both academic and CTE courses.

Students enrolled in certain CTE courses have the opportunity to participate in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) appropriate to the course in which they are enrolled. CTSOs promote leadership development, job skill training, and can provide scholarship opportunities. Students have the opportunity to reach advanced level CTE courses to increase the rigor of their learning and complete a CTE program of study sequence for an endorsement and/or earn industry recognized certifications.

CTE Spotlight

Air Hug
Vista Ridge ACCELerator Promote Locally
Air Hug, LLC, one of the Vista Ridge ACCELerator student businesses partnered with local restaurateurs at the Taste of Cedar Park festival
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Make Me Rich by Dean Somerville
Students Learn How "Money Matters"
Money Matters is a CTE course designed for students to investigate money management from a personal financial perspective. Students apply
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Career Clusters and Programs
LISD CTE Career Clusters: 
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communication
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Career Development
  • Cosmetology
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Marketing
  • (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Other supported programs:

  • Computer Science
  • Journalism
  • Leadership Studies
  • PALS
  • Speech and Debate
  • Technology Applications

For more information on specific programs visit Programs of Study.

District Program Student Enrollment Forms

A full list of CTE courses can be found in the LISD 2019-2020 Course Catalog.



Leander ISD Cosmetology Student Enrollment Form

Serving All High Schools

Glenn High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form

Serving Glenn HS, Leander HS, Rouse HS

Cedar Park High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form

Serving Cedar Park HS, Vista Ridge HS, Vandegrift HS

Student Organizations
LISD offers Career and Technical Student Organizations in all Career Cluster areas.

CTSOs are:

  • Included in federal legislation
  • Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Supported by state directors of CTE
  • Supported by state departments of education, including TEA
  • Eligible to all students for membership when enrolled in relative elective courses
CTSOs connect students to:
  • Industry 
  • Community
  • Instructors
  • Each other
  • Their own individual success
  • Team success
To learn more about CTSOs visit Student Organizations.
College & Career Resources
A doctor? An engineer? A plumber? Not knowing what your plans are after completing high school can be a frightening experience. Luckily, there are many free resources to help students decide on a career based on their interests and skills.

Each campus has a College and Career Center as well as Counseling Services to help them in choosing courses in their interest area:

Leander High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

Cedar Park High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services 

 Rouse High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

Vista Ridge High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

 Vandegrift High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

 Glenn High School

College &  Career Center
Counseling Services

For more information visit College and Career Resources.

Industry & Community Engagement

Students gain real world authentic experiences by using the skills they learn in their CTE programs to work and serve in their community.

LISD featured work-based learning programs:

  • COOL Week
  • Practicum: Work-based & Lab-based Learning
  • Ready for Hire (New student service program in development)

To learn more about additional LISD work-based learning opportunities visit Industry & Community Engagement.

Middle School Programs

Leander ISD offers certain courses students can take at the middle school level to further prepare them for CTE in high school.

LISD offers these middle school programs:

  • Gateway
  • Leadership
  • Robotics
  • Technology Applications
  • Yearbook 

For more information visit Middle School Programs.

CTE Student of the Week
Check out all our CTE Student of the Week on the LISD Featured Stories (opens in a new window) page. 

Staff Directory

Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs
The Leander Independent School District offers Career and Technical Education Programs in sixteen different career cluster areas. Admission to these programs is based on interests and aptitude, age appropriateness, and available class space.
It is the policy of Leander Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Leander Independent School District will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Career & College Pathways at