Student Spotlight

Career Readiness in Action

Students involved in CTE programs are engaged in rigorous academic and technical skill training necessary to succeed in future careers.  By partnering with local and area business and industry, students also gain practical experiences in a variety of careers. See some of the great things students in CTE programs are doing in HISD. Please click here to submit to the student spotlight page. 


Sterling Aviation High School students first day of orientation with The City of Houston’s Automotive Fleet Department.


Students from the following campuses took part in the BPA Leadership Conference: High School for Law and Justice, Westside HS, Chavez HS, Sterling HS, Sharpstown HS, Alief Taylor HS, Fort Bend Kempner HS, Elsik HS, Alief Hasting HS.


Students from the career center’s Government pathway attended a city council meeting and met a few council members and the mayor. The students also answered 311 phone calls and visited the library.



Booker T. Washington High School for Engineering Professions from Houston ISD on Vimeo.



Read about Julian’s summer internship project here.



Wisdom High School students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). Computer Science Teacher and Chapter Advisor, Barani Gopannan, led the ceremony where students were recognized for their achievement in career and technical education



17 Bellaire Cardinals earned their Adobe Certified Associates certification. Congratulations to these students!



Students from Northside High School’s Culinary Arts program hosted its Senior Showcase.  The 4-course menu included a variety of dishes including cauliflower soup, kiwi lobster, Korean braised short ribs, and baked apple.  More than 50 guests were invited to the inaugural event.


Sterling High School BPA students and their club teacher, Ms. Monica Arroyo, volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul food fair.  Overall, 301 families were provided with goods and produce.



Energy Institute High School students compete in the Senior Engineering Design and Development Spring Showcase.  Students have prepared for this event throughout the year under the direction of their Engineering teacher, Ms. Rose Chastain.  More than 50 senior teams presented projects covering safety, medical/health, daily tasks, environment, transportation, convenience, wildlife/animals, comfort, sanitation, and technology.  Local community and business leaders served as judges where they rated student projects and provided constructive feedback.



Sterling High School alum, Dr. Carlos Fraga, returns to his alma mater as a guest speaker in Mr. Weaver’s aviation class.  Students had the opportunity to ask about work ethic and job opportunities.  He discussed the importance of academics and the ability to communicate and collaborate with peers in a multigroup setting.  Students learned about his role as an explosive forensic scientist where he focuses on developing technologies to counter threats from weapons of mass destruction.



Students earn security officer or jailer certifications through training offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The courses are also recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Read more about the program the these students’ success here.



14 students from Waltrip High School have earned the SolidWorks Mechanical Design Associate certification. This is a remarkable achievement that reflects years of preparation in the school’s STEM pathway. View a slideshow of the students who earned this honor HERE.



Senior Mylesha McCardell earned the Gold Medal award at this weekend’s NAACP ACT-SO culinary competition. Mylesha had to prepare 6 dishes for judging in 2 hours as well as give a verbal presentation on her dishes and herself. There are 3 medals that can be awarded to a competitor: Bronze 85 to 89; Silver 90 to 94 and Gold 95 to 100. Only Gold Medal winners move onto the National Competition this summer in Detroit, Michigan, and Ms. McCardell will be the first HISD Culinary Arts representative to attend Nationals to compete against other students from 8 other cities in the U.S. She has an opportunity to win a four-year full scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.


On April 12th, 2019 Wisdom High School hosted an inaugural CTE Awards Banquet.  The awards ceremony showcased students who earned a certification in NCCER, First Aid/CPR, Security Services and SkillsUSA.


The Houston Black Real Estate Association (HBREA) provided lessons in financial literacy to the students at Wisdom High School.  Students learned the impact of savings and financial security.  Click on the following link for the full article:


Students from Wisdom High School competed in the SkillsUSA Texas State Conference held on April 4-7, 2019.  We are so proud of our teachers who guide our students daily and our students who executed their knowledge and skills.

1st Place – Employment Portfolio’s: Abdul Feraidon, Alejandra Mananares, Brooke Hoskin, Daysi Hernandez, Donovan Smith, Farida Ismail, Helena Moshi, Jesus Benitez, Jordy Benitez, Lesly Zelaya, Melani Zuniga, Mwamba Mlondani, Pablo Flores, Syed Faridi, Tuqa Al Qasi, Vicky Popadopolous, Virginia Iradukunda

3rd Place – Welding Project: Tony Webb, Gexell Soria and Austin Alexander Technical Tests: Bronze in Criminal Justice: Tuqa Al Qasi; Bronze in Customer Service: Daysi Hernandez; Bronze in Basic Health Care: Pablo Flores; Bronze in Customer Service: Helena Moshi; Bronze in Customer Service: Donovan Smith; Bronze in Customer Service: Vicky Popadopolous; Silver in Customer Service: Brooke Hoskin



Students, Anna Faubus and Margaret Hudson, took the award for the First Take video competition where they spotlight the various career pathways at Lamar High School.  Click on the link to view their video.



Automotive Teachers, DonJuan Floyd and Benjamin Martinez, partnered with Southeastern Freight Lines to secure a vehicle for the auto shop.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a hands-on approach to learning diesel mechanics.





The Buffaloes received a perfect score and “Best of Show” at the district  competition. Both projects advanced to the state competition.  At the state competition both projects received state superior awards.



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Culinary students from Milby, Northside, and Westside High Schools appear on television programs to promote Cooking Up Change. Broadcast outlets KHOU, KPRC, Univision and KIAH interviewed different teams about their preparation for the competition to be held Saturday, April 21 at the Art Institute.


At the SECME Houston Regional Engineering and Design competition last Saturday, Energy Institute High School won 1st Place in VEX Robotics High School, 2nd Place in VEX Robotics High School and 1st Place in Lego Mindstorms High School. The first place VEX team advances to SECME’s VEX Robotics National Championship in June.  They will travel on an expenses-paid trip to Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida and will be defending the national championship Energy High School won last year.



Two students from Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center competed in the Humanoid Robotics contest at the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from June 19 to 24 2017. Seniors, Xochitl Garcia and Rodolfo Zaragoza represented the State of Texas in the Humanoid Robotics Contest after becoming champions at the state SkillsUSA Texas Skills and Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi. Their faculty advisors are Dehua Lea and Bruce Darkis.

The NAO HRI Challenge is an activity organized in respect to the National SkillsUSA Competition events, with the support of SoftBank Robotics. The goal is to raise awareness, motivate and educate students in the use of humanoid robotics through multi-technological and innovative projects. Through programming, students create scenarios optimizing NAO’s capabilities and taking into account its limitations, thus learning about applied user experience and interaction concepts.


Every year students in Ms. Hankin’s Principles of Information Technology class at Milby HS create, record, and edit an instructional hardware repair video. This year’s winning video was created by Ezequiel Nieto, Alberto Perez, and Juan Quintero, all promising 9th graders.

The truest evidence of learning is the ability to teach. “We created this video mostly to show people how to properly take out the CPU and put it back into place.” Click here to learn more about Milby HS and some of their CTE programs.


In March six high schools competed in the 2nd annual High School Offshore Science and Technology Stars Challenge at the University of Houston’s TDECU Stadium. Five of the six schools that compete were Houston ISD’s Energy Institute High School, Charles H. Milby High School, Westside High School, and Young Women’s Preparatory Academy. All of the schools are supported by the Independent Petroleum Associations of America and the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association – IPPA/ PESA Energy Education Center.

All students who participated in this competition are interested in entering the oil and gas industry. Participants cheered each other on while working on a series of challenges designed to help students gain the skills that replicate trainings that would be imperative in the industry workforce. Some of the challenges included circuit design, electrical engineering, piezoelectric technology (developed by NASA), process safety and working in teams. A team from Westside High School placed second in the competition. This competition was sponsored by Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Ocean Energy Safety Institute. The winning teams will be featured at the Offshore Technology Conference in May.

Northside High School
University of Houston Admiral Scholars

University of Houston recently hosted the Hilton College Career Fair and Luncheon which honored the 16 Admiral Scholars Culinary students from Northside HS. Students gain the opportunity to meet and mingle with top business leaders and employers from the Houston area.

Former San Antonio Spur David Robinson launched Admiral Hospitality Scholars (AHS) in 2013 as an internship program that provides select high school students with a pathway to a career in the hospitality industry. The program is a joint effort between Robinson’s Admiral Capital Group and Hilton Worldwide. the University of Houston’s Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and American Liberty Hospitality provide educational and training support for students in the program. Students participate in a three-day hospitality camp in the summer, matched up with a personal mentor from the hospitality industry, and then participate in a one-year internship at a local Hilton Worldwide-branded hotel managed by American Liberty Hospitality, where they will also receive financial support toward a hospitality degree.

Energy Institute High School
Wins Coveted spot at VEX World Robotics Championships

At the S. TX State VEX Robotics Championship, Energy Robotics VEX team 3674R joined 4th seeded lead team 6596 from Clear Lake Robotics and team 624C from Cinco Ranch High School to win a coveted ticket to the 2017 VEX World Robotics Championship.

Energy Robotics VEX team 3674G finished 5th in Robot Skills. They competed with 56 of the top high school robotics teams in Texas.


DeBakey High School

DeBakey High School lead HISD with 210 students to attend the HOSA Area 2 Spring Leadership Conference and 73 that advanced to HOSA State Leadership Conference that will be held in Corpus, TX.

Competitions involved were ( Parliamentary Procedures, Medical Math, Job Seeking Skills, Medical Spelling, Dental Science, Medical Assisting, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Science, CPR/1st Aid, Public Health, Extemporaneous Poster, Extemporaneous Writing, Health Career Photography, Researched Persuasive Speaking, Biomedical DeBakey, Heath Career Display, Community Awareness, Creative Problem Solving, Forensic Medicine, Health Education, HOSA Bowl, Medical Innovation Original, Medical Innovation Advanced, Public Service Announcement, Behavioral Health , Epidemiology, Health Care Issue Exam, Human Growth and Development, Medical Law and Ethics, Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Transcultural Health Care. P.S. Click here to find out more about DeBakey High School.

Austin High School
Fuel Up Innovative Challenge

Austin High School Teaching Professions Magnet Students and FCCLA members under the direction Ms. Casiano Magnet Teacher and FCCLA advisor were selected to attend the Fuel Up Innovative Challenge at The Westin-Galleria Saturday, February 4th, 2017. The morning consisted of a leadership workshop to empower students to develop a project to promote nutrition and wellness in our school and community. Our students received the distinct pleasure of working with NFL players and with CEO’s of Major Corporations such as Jamba Juice, Midwest Dairy Association, Taco Bell and KFC during Super Bowl LI weekend. They learned valuable entrepreneurship, leadership, education and training skills to develop and pitch their idea and compete to win grants for our school. 4 Austin Teaching Professions Magnet students, Kimberly Cuellar, Pedro Lopez, Angelica Santana, and Gabriela Segura WON a grant for Austin HS.






Austin High School
Super Bowl LI Houston Community Project

Congratulations to Stephanie Montoya being named as the Grand Prize Winner in the NFL Houston Community Project 51. Stephanie is a Senior in the Teaching Professions Magnet Program and a cadet for JROTC. She completed several community service projects in both organizations that qualified her for a chance to win 2 Tickets to Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Minute Maid Park. She will get the opportunity to be part of the kick off event before Super Bowl 51 where both teams (Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots) will come together for their first Media Press Event.

Furr High School
Green Ambassadors Help Create East End Greenbelt

Furr High School’s very own Green Ambassadors help to lead a change in East End neighborhoods to transform their community from a food desert to a food forest. They’re doing it by planting one fruit tree and one community garden at a time, linking their schools and neighborhoods to form a Houston East End Greenbelt . Furr High School’s Green Institute is focused on preparing students for careers in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and environmental communications. To read the full article visit and to find out more about the Green Ambassadors visit Furr HS.

Energy Institute and Young Women’s College Prep Academy
Attend Women’s Global Leadership Conference

On November 2, 2016 the female IPAA/PESA externs from Energy Institute High School and the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy attended the 13th annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, Texas. Their attendance at the conference was sponsored by Gulf Publishing. This year’s conference theme was ‘Changing the Landscape of Leadership in the Energy Industry’. Keynote speakers, presenters and panelists shared their leadership ideas to support women moving into leadership positions in our industry. Ms. Astra Zeno, from Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy and 2016 IPAA/PESA teacher of the year, served as a panelist for the very intriguing panel discussion of ‘Building a brighter, diversified tomorrow for STEM professionals’.


Northside HS Students Attend Summer
Admiral Camp with David Robinson

The four year collaboration with the Admiral Group (founder David Robinson) and the University of Houston College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, has once again concluded with a three day camp, July 25 – 27, 2016 for 19 CTE students from Northside HS, enrolled in the hospitality management and culinary arts programs.  The Admiral Camp offered the students up close and personal experiences, such as college dorm life at UH, culinary and hospitality workshops taught by UH professors, tours of the Hilton de las Americas, Pappasitos, and the Minute Maid ballpark, and talks with chefs and hospitality services managers.  David Robinson spent one day with the students and treated them with signed basketballs, a gourmet dinner prepared by executive chefs, and tickets to an  Astros game with the Yankees. (2016)

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Barbara Jordan HS Culinary Team
Headed to Washington, DC

Barbara Jordan’s HS for Careers culinary team wins big at the City of Houston’s Cooking Up Change competition.  Congratulations to Chef Schuster and his students who won first place and are headed to Washington D.C. in June. (2016)

Two Schools, One Team Win 1st Place at
National Robotics Tournament

Houston ISD’s Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy and Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men won the NSBE VEX National Robotics Tournament Champions Award (1st place) and the Excellence Award for the second year in a row. The two schools formed a joint team with four young men (Jarmel Brown, Evert Guzman, Marcellus Jordan and Luis Ramirez) and five young women (Courtney Dubuclet, Diana Hernandez, Starr Morris, Guadalupe Ramirez, and Janet Santacruz) under the banner, Roses and Knights. The team is coached by Vince Hamilton (MLCPA) and Astra Zeno (YWCPA). (2016)

Yates HS Maritime Academy
On the Move!

Students at Jack Yates try out the Crane and Forklift Simulators, designed to expose students to in-demand skill sets at any distribution center, supply chain logistics, port, or water based industry. The hiCrane2 Crane simulator and the SimLog Forklift are necessary tools to help students successfully pass the heavy equipment industry certification.  (2016)

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Houston MSTC Wins 1st Place at
NASA Robotics Competition

The Sam Houston MTSC Robotics team won first place at the NASA Robotics High School Challenge. This is the first year NASA has held the Robotics High School Challenge competition and the robotics students from Houston MTSC stood out amongst all others. Over the six week build period, students worked hard to build and test their designs. Congratulations to the Houston MTSC team and to find out more about Houston’s Math, Science, and Technology Center please click here. (2016)


Sam Houston Math Science and Technology Robotics team

Milby HS Engineering Team
Top Notch!

Students from Mr. Stear’s Engineering Design and Problem Solving class won first and third place in the UIL Houston ISD Science Fair. (2016)


Houston MSTC Cosmetology
Styles the Community

Sam Houston Cosmetology students participated in a  community service event on Friday, February 26, 2016. The 2nd Annual Community Services event provided free manicures, facials, and haircuts at Ronald McDonald House to families with seriously ill children being treated at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital. (2016)

Yates HS Students Get Ready for
“Lights, Camera, Action”

Yates High School students attending the oldest magnet program for communications technology, located in Houston, Texas, were surprised with a new addition for their Audio/ Video Communications program. Already set up and ready to go is a new Davinci Resolve 12 system for color correction, grading, and non-linear editing. Students will obtain exposure to a new career as a Colorist for feature films, documentaries, and television production while being immersed in higher level math and science for digital storytelling. (2016)


Washington HS Engineering Students
Launch Rocket

Budding engineers from Booker T. Washington High School received a top award for building and launching a rocket they built as part of a classroom engineering project.  The students received the Diamond Award from SystemsGo, for successfully launching their rocket from the launch tower at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico.  Only four other high schools qualified to travel to WSMR in the summer and this was BT Washington’s fifth year to qualify to attempt a launch.  BT Washington is one of two high schools in the country with a successful launch completion at WSMR.   Check out photographs and a video of the launch at (2016)

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Barbara Jordan HS Students
Partner with C.R.E.W.

For the fifth year in a row, Ms. Madeline Hartwell, Marketing Coordinator/CTE Department Chairperson at HISD’s Barbara Jordan High School for Careers worked with the Houston chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women’s (CREW) Network to present a hands-on real estate development exercise to approximately 100 female students (grades 10-12). These girls were afforded the opportunity to work with 50 local women entrepreneurs, architects, engineers, bankers, lawyers, and other commercial real estate professionals—exposing them to first-hand knowledge of those careers. This event is a direct reflection of CREW Houston’s mission to mentor the next generation of female commercial real estate professionals through the CREW Careers Initiative.

CREW Houston members not only discussed with the girls the different careers within commercial real estate, but shared personal and motivating stories about their own career paths.  CREW members provided an overview of the stages a real estate project from conception to completion.  The girls were divided into teams led by CREW Houston members volunteering as team leaders, to advise the students on all issues a developer must consider for the site, such as regulatory requirements, financing, demographics, design, construction, and leasing. The girls worked on a “real” project–the location being a high-profile site located on San Felipe.

T-shirts, gift cards, goodie bags and their contents, and a catered lunch were donated by local female entrepreneurs. To find out more, please visit Barbara Jordan High School for Careers. (2016)

Furr HS Arts A/V, Communication, and Technology Students Advance to Semi-Finals

Furr’s Audio/ Video students recently advanced to the UIL Division I semi-finals for Advance Film Documentary. The documentary, “Stories from the Other Side” features students and how they overcame obstacles despite their social economic environment. They are the only school in Houston ISD to advance to this level this year. The team was lead by Ms. Kavtorina and Mr. Obando. Congratulations Furr HS and keep up the excellent work. To see more films and to learn about Audio/ Video program  please visit Furr HS. (2016)

Jones Futures Academy Students Attend
Special Program at Baylor College of Medicine



Leslie Saldana and Dianne Thompson, Jones Futures Academy 10th Grade Health Science students, were accepted to the Baylor College of Medicine Saturday Morning Science Program.

The Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Saturday Morning Science Program is designed to broaden the life experiences of students and help prepare them for careers in medicine, science and health professions. The BCM Saturday Morning Science Program is headed by Dr. James L. Phillips, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Pediatrics in the Office of Diversity and Community Outreach at BCM.

Congratulations Leslie and Dianne! (2016)

Waltrip HS Robotics Class Hosts
Students from 
Coop Elementary

Waltrip H.S. robotics team recently invited Coop Elementary to visit their campus. During the visit Coop students was able to see our Nao Robot, our competition robots, and take a tour of the Waltrip FabLab (or Fabrication Laboratory). During their tour the students from Coop were given stickers of their names with the vinyl cutter that is in our FabLab. It was a Fabulous visit! (2016)


Austin HS Maritime Academy
Visit Tugboat


Students from the Austin High School Maritime Academy tour the G&H Towing tugboat “Zeus” at the Port of Houston. Stephen F. Austin High School for Maritime Studies have a new tool that will make that learning process a little easier—and certainly more comprehensive. Students, faculty, staff, and members of HISD administration and Houston’s maritime industry christened the school’s very own navigation simulator on April 24, 2015.

Austin HS is the first comprehensive high school in the nation to have a ship bridge simulator. The equipment will prepare students for planning voyages and maneuvering ships of various sizes, by recreating conditions such as changing weather conditions, water, different traffic scenarios, and various ports of call on a variety of vessels. (2015)

Sterling Student Begins Career at
International Trucks of Houston


Phillip Gordon, senior at Sterling High School, has accepted an offer of full-time employment with International Trucks of Houston after completing a Practicum and internship with the company.

During his time at Sterling, Gordon obtained industry certification credentials as a Certified ASE Mechanic, as well as two safety certifications in SP/2 Collision Safety and SP/2 Mechanical Safety. (2015)

Jack Yates Students Partner with the
Art Institute of Houston and
Mack Performing Arts Collective


The National Student Television Association Chapter at Jack Yates High School, in collaboration with its partners, the Art Institute of Houston and local film training company Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC), produced their first student narrative short film entitled, “Grown”.

This dynamic collaboration included direction by Omar Peters, scriptwriting by Ted Irving, and involved all six pathways of the School of Communications. The students were exposed to a plethora of high end equipment and software that can be seen in the final production. (2015)

Project Based Learning On Display at
Lee High School


Project-Based Learning was on display recently at Lee High School, with valuable assistance from our industry partner, Madera Works of Texas. Madera has been a consistently strong partner with HISD, developing curriculum for Mill and Cabinetmaking Technology and working closely the instructor, Johnny Brooks, to link real-world experiences and internships for his students. The company also sponsored externships during the summer to give the educators first-hand knowledge and experience in the workplace for which they are preparing our students.

Freshmen from the Construction & Design Academy at Lee were asked to complete a project that involved cutting and assembling a door from a diagram with very specific dimensions and finishing it off with a polished stain. Collaboration for this project included Carl Miller, Operations Manager for Madera Works. The students’ ability to work together as a team, follow written instructions, and formulate a plan of execution, as well as their skill of execution were judged and recognized during the 2015 “When I Grow Up” Career EXPO construction competition. (2015)





























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