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Preparing College and Career Ready Graduates

Under House Bill 5, entering ninth-graders, beginning the 2014-2015 academic year, will declare an endorsement in one of five areas: arts and humanities; business and industry; multidisciplinary studies; public services; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This will help define students’ high school careers, even noting these focused areas of study on their transcript. Earning an endorsement generally requires the following:

  • a specified coherent sequence of credits,
  • a fourth math and a fourth science credit;
  • at least one advanced CTE credit in CTE Options;
  • and a final course in the CTE sequences that determines the endorsement.

There are many ways to earn an endorsement if students carefully pick their main Program of Study from Fine Arts, Languages other than English, Social Studies, Math, or Science. Students may also pick Career and Technical Education Programs of Study that have coherent sequences of courses that satisfy the new graduation requirements. All Endorsement Options and CTE Programs of Study are open to all GCCISD students.

Goose Creek CISD is committed to providing students with an education leading to high skills, high wage careers that are in high demand on the Gulf Coast, across Texas, and Globally. In order to provide students for a lifetime of success, GCCISD uses 15 of the 16 federally defined Career Clusters and the AchieveTexas initiative to prepare students for secondary and postsecondary opportunities, career preparation and placement, meaningful work, and active citizenship.


GCCISD offers 27 Career and Technical Programs of Study across 14 of the 16 federally defined career clusters. Students should choose their academic courses taken with their career education Program of Study carefully to ensure that they meet the rigor of the career or post-secondary major that is their goal. This helps students to understand the relationship between education and careers and engage students in their own learning so they make informed decisions, graduate from high school, and enroll in and complete college.

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    Project Lead the Way

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    Law Enforcement




    Marine Corps Leadership

    (Not Career & Technical Education Courses)