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New State of the Art Facility on its Way (May, 2007)

by Michael Boren, FHS Journalism Student

Interested in being an investment banker, an animation cartoonist, or the next renowned chef of the future? The Frisco ISD Career and Technology Center will provide an opportunity for students interested in those fields and more beginning the Fall of 2008.

Construction for the center, which will be located adjacent to Collin County Community College on Wade Boulevard, has begun with site work well underway.

Trey Laird, Vice President with SHW Group, an Architectural and Engineering firm specializing in educational facilities stated, “Working with Frisco ISD in designing the CTE center has been an exciting opportunity for our firm. Its “suite” design arrangement and its centralized, stand alone concept for Career and Technology Education make it unique to any other facility we have designed.”

To determine what courses would be offered at the new CTE Center, information from a 2004 Student Survey was used to determine what careers students were interested in pursuing. Many of the career choices that had high interest were extremely expensive to duplicate on multiple high school campuses.

As a result, these courses are just some of the exciting programs to be offered at the new CTE Center. The center will provide for an exceptional experience to students who are interested in a wide variety of future careers, ranging from Criminal Justice to Engineering and Architecture.

Ten career tracks are available for students to choose from. The tracks include agricultural science, finance and banking, criminal justice, culinary arts and hospitality, media technology, CISCO, communication graphics, engineering and architecture, health sciences, and marketing.

“We are very proud of being able to offer this type of experience to our students, “Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Debra Nelson said. “We visited many similar sites and researched programs extensively. We believe our students will have opportunities second to none.”

The Career and Technology Center will also give all high school students around the FISD district the ability to get a head start on their future. The center will mainly be designed for juniors and seniors who want to take some higher-level courses during their high school level. Underclassmen should take introductory courses to these exciting careers in their freshman and sophomore years.

"The CATE center is a winning concept in all ways,” Dr. Rick Reedy, Superintendent of Schools, said. “It saves money by centralizing programs, while also providing students a means of exploring career options and obtaining skills for the future. We couldn’t be more excited about this project.”