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Students in Northside’s Career and Technical​ Education (CTE) programs spend much of their time learning through a hands-on approach that prepares students for occupations and further study. CTE programs are available in middle school and high school and are available in many career areas of interest to students. Students interested in a particular field can look at the coherent sequence of courses to see the courses that will help them prepare for their chosen careers. Students may also wish to choose an academy or magnet school designed to prepare students for careers. Northside’s career oriented high schools and middle school magnet schools include Agriculture Academy, Construction Careers Academy, Health Careers High School, Jay Science and Engineering Academy, Jones STEM Middle School, Marshall Law & Medical Services High School, NSITE (Northside School of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship), and Zachry Global Communication, Information Technology & Cybersecurity Middle School. Industry recognized certifications may be earned in some courses & some courses may even allow the students to earn college credit. Any student who is interested should talk with his or her CTE instructor or counselor.

Career Exploration


Career Exploration

Here you will find the access information for Choices 360 Career Explorer which is NISD’s interest inventory program.There are many things to consider as you think about future occupations. Included are some lesson plans to follow if you or your child need guidance, as well as helpful login information.

College Credit Opportunities

College Credit Opportunities

High school students can earn college credits by signing up for CTE dual credit. Some courses are offered at specific campuses and others are offered at the college campus. Information about earning college credits may be obtained from the school’s counseling department.

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Endorsements & Programs of Study

Endorsements & Programs of Study

In support of the State of Texas’ college and career planning initiative, NISD has developed multiple Programs of Study (POS) which combine rigorous academics and relevant career and technical education to create a plan of study that has real focus and purpose for students. A POS consists of a recommended coherent sequence of courses based on the student’s interest, skills, and college and career goals and provides the student and his/her family with a seamless transition to employment and/or postsecondary education and to higher wage, higher skill, and higher demand jobs in the workforce.

Programs of Study 2022-2023

Endorsements & Programs of Study by Campus

Course Catalogs

Prerequisites Required for CTE Courses


Industry Based Certifications

Industry Based Certifications

Northside offers students many opportunities to earn current industry based certifications through our CTE courses. These certifications will help students, as they exit high school, with gainful employment or assist in continuing their education.

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NISD CTE Staff Contacts

NISD CTE Staff Contacts

Contact information for the NISD Career & Technical Education department staff can be found here.

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Student Organizations for CTE

Student Organizations for CTE

Career and Technical Student Organizations are comprised of 11 not-for-profit organizations, specifically authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Perkins Act which provides approximately $1.1 billion in state grants for CTE programs.

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Nondiscrimination Notice for CTE

Northside Independent School District offers Career and Technical Education programs in Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, A/V Technology and Communications; Business Marketing and Finance; Education and Training; Health Science; Hospitality & Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law and Public Service; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on interest and aptitude, age appropriateness and class space available. 

It is the policy of Northside Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups 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. 

Northside 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 Title IX Coordinator, Stephen Daniel, at 5900 Evers Road, San Antonio, TX 78238, (210) 397-8639, and/or Director of Section 504 Joselyn Dudney at 5651 Grissom Road, San Antonio, TX 78238, (21 0) 397-8741.

El Distrito Escolar Independiente Northside ofrece programas de educación de carrera técnica en agricultura, alimentación y recursos naturales; arquitectura y construcción; artes, tecnología A/V y comunicaciones; marketing y finanzas empresariales; educación y capacitación; ciencias de la salud; hotelería y turismo; servicios humanos; tecnología informática; derecho y servicios públicos; fabricación; ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas; y transporte, distribución y logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el interés y la aptitud, la edecuación a la edad y el espacio disponible de la clase. 

La política del Distrito Escolar Independiente Northside es no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o discapacidad en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, y proporcionar acceso equitativo a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos juveniles designados tal como exige el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles (Civil Rights Act) de 1964 y sus enmiendas, el Título IX de las Enmiendas Educativas (Education Amendments) de 1972 y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación (Rehabilitation Act) de 1973 y sus enmiendas. 

El Distrito Escolar Independiente Northside tomará medidas para asegurar que la falta de habilidades en el idioma inglés no sea una barrera para la admisión y la participación en todos los programas educativos y vocacionales. Para obtener información sobre sus derechos o los procedimientos de queja, comuníquese con el coordinador del Título IX, Stephen Daniel, en 5900 Evers Road, San Antonio, TX 78238, (210) 397-8639 o con la directora de la Sección 504 Joselyn Dudney en 5651 Grissom Road, San Antonio, TX 78238, (21 0) 397-8741.

Career & Technical Education at Marshall HS

Marshall Career and Technical Education programs offer a sequence of courses that provide students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. Many of our programs of study provide Industry-Based Certifications. 


Audio & Visual Production

This program of study focuses on careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. College credit available.

Audio & Visual Production Program of Study

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This program of study teaches students how to repair and refinish automobiles and service various types of vehicles. Students may learn to collect payment for services or supplies and perform typical vehicle maintenance procedures such as lubrication, oil changes, installation of antifreeze, or replacement of accessories like wiper blades or tires. 

Automotive Program of Study 



This program of study focuses careers in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. College credit available. 

Business Program of Study


Construction Science

This program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities related to constructing, installing, or repairing structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms (including frameworks, partitions, joists, studding, rafters, and stairways).

Construction Science Program of Study


Computer Science

This program of study explores the occupations and education opportunities associated with researching, designing, developing, and testing operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computer applications.

Computer Science Program of Study 


Culinary Arts

This program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to the planning, directing, or coordinating of the activities in front of the house or back of the house, including but not limited to management, food and beverage service, or food science. The PROSTART program prepares students for careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. We offer college credit in our  culinary program instructed by the Texas Culinary Educator of Excellence ,Chef BJ Salter, CSFE.

Culinary Arts Program of Study 


Education & Training

This program of study focuses on planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services. All parts of courses are designed to introduce learners to the various careers available within the Education and Training Career Cluster.

Education and Training Program of Study


Fashion Design

This program of study applies art of designing clothing and lifestyle accessories created in the cultural and social influence at a specific time.

Fashion Design Program of Study


Health Science

This program of study focuses on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostics services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, communicate effectively, and work well with others.

Health Science Program of Study


Law and Public Service

This program of study focuses on planning, managing, and providing legal services, public safety, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services.

Law and Public Service Program of Study



This program of study examines autonomous robotic systems like self-driving vehicles and automated systems like those used in factories. Students will use a variety of hardware types and software programming languages to complete assignments and projects. Students study the physics and mathematics of mechanical robotic components, including gear systems, lift systems, drive systems, and pneumatic & hydraulic systems.

Robotics Program of Study




For additional information regarding NISD Career and Technical Education , please visit: NISD Career and Technical Education Web Page

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