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Director of CTE
Joel Garrett

Admin. Asst. to Director of CTE
Becky Guntle

CTE Coordinator
Pam Fyke

Certifications Offered

Lamar CISD CTE offers a number of opportunities for students to earn industry related certifications in a variety of courses. These certifications are designed to give students an early advantage in the workplace.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) - Certificates demonstrate that you have specialist skills in using Microsoft applications. They are a globally recognized standard. Microsoft say they are the" only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate desktop computer skills." Students must obtain 85% or better on the practice test as per the rubric for district funding of exams.

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CareerSafe - The goal of the CareerSafe program is to teach younger workers how to stay safe in the workplace and begin to prepare these young men and women for a safe and prosperous future in their chosen career. By providing entry-level workers, particularly high school and college students, with fundamental safety knowledge needed in the workplace, this program brings the significance of safety to the forefront. Additionally, it seeks to challenge society to affirm the value of life by joining efforts to reduce the workplace injuries and fatalities suffered by this at risk working population. Students in most CTE Practicums will be given this training to assist them in work place safety knowledge.

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ServSafe - The ServSafe program provides the resources to help keep food safety as an essential ingredient in every meal. ServSafe training is the one commitment to food safety implementation that we should all share every day. Practicum students must obtain 85% or better on units and practice tests as per the rubric for district funding of exams.

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ProStart - It's no secret that the restaurant and foodservice industry is growing. In fact, it is estimated that from 2006 to 2016 the number of jobs in the restaurant and foodservice industry is projected to increase by 1.9 million - of which approximately 47,000 will be management positions! The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is working hard - and getting results - in helping to meet this need through initiatives such as its ProStart program which encourages high school students to consider careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients.

Adobe - In an increasingly competitive work world, employers need more than familiar users of digital communications technology to drive successful business outcomes they need proficient users. With certification, hiring managers will know that work similar to the excellent portfolio they just reviewed can be accomplished efficiently.Students must obtain 85% or better on the practice test as per the rubric for distict funding of the exams.

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Quickbooks Bookkeeping in the 21st Century requires more than knowledge of GAAP principles or an eye for detail—students need relevant computing skills. Intuit® QuickBooks, the industry leader in managerial accounting software for small business, provides an easy-to-understand platform for students to grasp accounting concepts while honing skills in the most prevalent bookkeeping application in small business today. Students can validate their QuickBooks knowledge by becoming an Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU).

ASE Certified Programs by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation(NATEF), and AYES(Automotive Youth Education Systems). LCISD's automotive program gives students a jump start on their ASE certification. After two years of relevant work experience, prospective candidates register to take one or more of ASE's exams.


Welding–The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action, as well as inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today. LCISD offers opportunities for welding students to earn entry level welding certifications that can lead to excellent career opportunities.
ctcb Pharmacy Technician–The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) was established in January 1995. PTCB is a national certification program that enables pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Benefits of PTCB certification include an increase of job promotion opportunities, recognition within the pharmacy profession, and an increased focus on patient safety. Pharmacists recognize that PTCB-certified technicians demonstrate their qualifications and the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to function as a pharmacy technician through the examination.
ncct Insurance and Coding Specialist–Insurance and Coding Specialists provide medical billing and coding services to physician's offices and medical specialty practices for health care providers to be paid for services rendered. Insurance and Coding Specialists prepare and submit claims to insurance companies and prepare and send statements to patients. Insurance and Coding Specialists must be knowledgeable and possess skills in the areas of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, diagnostic and procedural coding, insurance claims processing, and medical billing procedures.

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