October 2021 Newsletter

Duncanville ISD's CTE/CCMR Department Newsletter

From the Desk of Shalontae Payne, Director of CTE/CCR

For the 2021-2022 school year, the CTE/CCR department will continue to strategically align department initiatives, activities, and district-wide campaigns to meet and exceed the following goals outlined in the district’s five-year strategic plan:


Student Academic Success

Increase the percentage of graduates who meet at least one college, career, or military readiness indicator within the A-F accountability framework from 60% to 80% by August 2024.


Students, Families, and Community Connections

Increase student participation, experiences and service opportunities to ensure 90% of students are connected with areas of interest.


For additional information, please see link below inclusive of the plan.


In this newsletter ...

2021 College Fair

More than 100 colleges, universities, trade schools and the armed forces filled the East Cafeteria at Duncanville High School on September 15. The annual college fair, organized by the College, Career & Military Readiness Department, helps students consider their postsecondary options.

Dallas County Promise is Here!

The Promise Pledge opened on September 1 and the Go Center advisors have been busy conducting workshops and in-class presentations to help the Class of 2022 complete the Pledge and college applications. They've also held FSA ID events to help students prepare for the launch of the FAFSA on October 1.

New TSI Testing Resources

You can find and share updated TSI testing resources here. The page includes links to the testing calendar and online registration forms, plus test prep resources and information about TSI 2.0.

HSF Virtual College 101

Middle and high school students and their parents are invited to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s virtual College 101 webinar.


🗓 Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.


This is a FREE, bilingual, webinar held on weekday evenings in various time zones for students in 6th –12th grade and their parents. Join in to receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education! You can choose to receive information in either English or Spanish, and people of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Secure your ticket by registering here!

Culinary Arts Students Welcome Guests with Cupcakes

Culinary Arts students baked cupcakes for Charles Acton Leadership Academy, where students and administrators hosted the current class of Leadership Southwest. Culinary students were given free rein on the flavor and design of the sweet treats.

More CTE Programs News

🔌 A new program of study is making its debut! The Electrical program of study is a new option available to students enrolled in Principles of Construction. These students can decide to pursue either the Electrical or Carpentry program of study. VR Headsets were recently delivered to the high school to help students differentiate between the two programs. The Electrical curriculum will be delivered by a master electrician and students will work towards the state's Apprentice Electrician License.


👨‍🏭 During the month of October, all welding instructors are scheduled for training that will allow them to test students for American Welding Society (AWS) certifications. More certification options = more career and income options!


📐 Students in the Architectural Design program can participate in a new mentoring program. The Architecture Mentoring Program (AMP) occurs after school and includes mentorship opportunities for current students from DHS Architectural Design alumni.


💼 CTE instructors partner with at least 18 local businesses to provide students with work-based learning opportunities, including internships. These partners connect the classroom to industry and we couldn't be more thankful!

Staff One Stop Shop

Visit the new Staff One Stop Shop web page to access course details for the 25 CTE programs of study offered at DHS. You'll also find the 2021-2022 Industry-based Certification Exam Prep guide and the A-F Accountability Certifications guide.

iCEV Instructional Curriculum

iCEV is a cloud-based instructional curriculum resource being utilized by 70% of our CTE instructors. The summary below was shared at a recent Board meeting.
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