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Career & Technical Education 

Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes combine high-quality, rigorous instruction with real-life experiences to prepare students for the future. O'Connor High School CTE offers 13 programs of study that equip students to achieve at high levels whether they are starting college, attending a technical school, or entering the workforce after high school graduation. 

Students are also offered opportunities to earn paid and unpaid work experience, state and nationally recognized professional certifications, and college credits through dual-credit programs. CTE courses help prepare students for a variety of real-world careers and the goal for our CTE program is to produce capable young adults who can think critically and independently, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively in today’s world. 

Of the 3,118 O'Connor High School students, 2,074 students occupied seats in CTE classes for the 20-21 school year. Students also earned 285 industry based certifications during the 2020-2021 school year. Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, be employed, and earn higher wages. 

CTE will continue to provide students with hands-on opportunities, time to interact with professionals in their field of interest, and ideally find success using their skills, interests, and passion. We will also continue to research and develop programs that are relevant, correspond with job market demands, and evoke student interest. 

Point of Contact: Jackie Swan, Department Coordinator 210-397-4800

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) 

CTSO NAME

CONTACT

Health Occupations Students of 

America (HOSA) 

 

Heidi Arenivas 

heidi.arenivas@nisd.net

Texas Association of Future 

Educators (TAFE) 

 

Jackie Swan 

jacqueline.swan@nisd.net

 

O'Connor HS HOSA Students

Career and Technical Clubs 

CLUB NAME

CONTACT

Computer Science Club

William Haltom william.haltom@nisd.net

Photography Club

David Braddam 

david.braddam@nisd.net

O'Connor HS Culinary Student

Career and Technical Dual Credit Opportunities

COURSE NAME

CONTACT

Child Guidance

Jackie Swan 

jacqueline.swan@nisd.net

Medical Terminology

Heidi Arenivas 

heidi.arenivas@nisd.net

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