Paredes Middle School

Career and Technical Education

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Career and Technology Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction aims at developing foundational skills, core workplace competencies, and specific skill competencies in various occupational areas. Internships, practicums, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, dual enrollment programs, and apprenticeships are a few venues that deliver career and technical education by providing meaningful opportunities for learners to apply their academic and technical skills.


AISD CTE Mission Statement:


To provide opportunities for students to acquire 21st century academic and technical skills for entry into the global workforce and/or postsecondary education in order to become contributing members of their community.








CTE/Technology                                                                          CTE/ Technology

Melanie Hartman                                                                          Andrew Simpson                                         

  • CTE
  • Digital Art and Animation
  • Principles of Arts and AV

My name is Melanie Hartman.  I teach high school credit CTE classes at Paredes.  Currently I teach, Digital Art & Animation and Principles of Arts & AV.


 College and Career Readiness: This is a one semester where students will use decisionmaking and problem –solving skills for college and career planning. Students will explore career information to learn more about themselves and their interest and abilities. Students will use information technology and interest tools to explore college and career areas.

 Careers in Information Technology: This is a one semester exploratory course that will increase the student’s knowledge of computers. Learning concepts include; using software to learn multiple program basics; learning Internet skills and recognizing and understanding computer hardware and peripherals.

 Touch System Data Entry: This is a ½ credit (one semester) course where the student develops skills in operating the keyboard as well as achieving acceptable speed and accuracy levels. This course provides instructions in formatting basic documents for both personal and business use. After successful completion, students will receive ½ High School Credit. The grade will go on the high school transcript.Gateway to Technology


Classes Offered:

Principles of Art and AV - HS Credit - 7th and 8th - Intro to Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, Video Game Design, etc.

Digital Media - HS Credit - 7th and 8th -  Introduction to Adobe Animate and animation.

Principles of Applied Engineering - HS Credit - Hands-on and group projects in a variety of areas. Subjects may include robotics, electronics, mechanical design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and career opportunities. 

Fundamentals of Computer Science - HS Credit -  Basic

programming skills will be acquired for a foundation that leads to a vast understanding of Computer Science.

6th Grade Classes:

Investigating Careers - 6th Grade

Touch System Data Entry - HS Credit - 6th, 7th, 8th