During the regularly scheduled board meeting, Jan. 17, 2013, Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos announced 10 new career certificate programs in partnership with Tarrant County College.
This announcement significantly expands the district’s career certificate programs. Presently, the AISD offers 15 career certificate programs.
“A focus of the district’s Achieve Today. Excel Tomorrow. strategic plan is to provide our students with every opportunity to reach their full academic potential,” Cavazos said. “The addition of these 10 programs will open the door to new career opportunities for our students and is a progressive step in transforming the AISD into a premier school district.”
These 10 new career certificate programs will also be dual-credit with TCC and enable students to get a head start on an associate degree in technical fields while they are still enrolled in high school. The programs include accounting assistant; automotive engine analysis; automotive metal repair; business; computer-aided drafting and design; computer maintenance; culinary arts; game and simulation programming; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; and welding. The culinary arts program began this spring. All others will start in the fall.
The accounting and business classes will be housed at Martin High School. Automotive engine analysis; automotive metal repair; computer-aided drafting; computer maintenance; game and simulation programming; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; and welding will be housed at the TCC South Campus. Culinary arts takes place at Arlington High School and the TCC Southeast Campus. Transportation will be provided to students who need it.
Program descriptions are below:
- Accounting Assistant – This program lays the foundation for a two-year associate degree in accounting-information management or business administration-accounting assistant at TCC. Students are prepared to apply for employment at companies of all sizes.
- Automotive Engine Analysis – Students will study electrical systems, engine performance, brake systems and automotive alternative fuels.
- Automotive Metal Repair – Students will learn the basic metal principles and working techniques, operation of equipment and procedures involved in the repair of body structures.
- Business – Students will learn the skills that will enable them to demonstrate to an employer their ability and readiness to do the job in business fields such as marketing, merchandising and real estate.
- Computer-Aided Drafting – Students will use computer-aided drafting software to create the plans and drawings used to construct buildings. They will also develop a professional portfolio that will help them stand out when interviewing with potential employers.
- Computer Maintenance – This program is an introduction to the installation, configuration and maintenance of a microcomputer system. It includes skills in networking fundamentals, terminology, hardware, software and network architecture.
- Culinary Arts – This program puts students on a path toward a two-year associate degree in culinary arts at TCC.
- Gaming and Simulation Programming – Students who take advantage of this program will be prepared for a career in the gaming, animation and graphic arts fields. Advertising and marketing agencies, insurance agencies, law firms, and television and video production companies need animation and simulation experts.
- Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration – Students will learn the skills to earn HVAC installation technician certification.
- Welding – Welding technology prepares students for binding various materials together using more than 90 different welding processes that require a wide variety of equipment and skills in today’s high tech careers.