End of Year

GCISD CTE in 2018-2019

It has been a great year in GCISD! Especially in the CTE department, we are so proud of all of our Teachers and Students this year and all that they have accomplished. See some of the celebrations that we have had this year below.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO's)


Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a CTSO that Grapevine HS participated in this year. The mission at BPA is to contribute to the preparation of global professionals through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. GHS had 12 Students participate at the Regional level with 6 advancing to State and 2 members qualifying for the National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Anaheim California in May. At NLC, Riya Mohan finished 22nd out of 67 in Intermediate Word Processing and Hayden Juroska finished 7th out of 74 in Medical Office Procedures. Both of these students did an outstanding job all year long representing GHS and GCISD. While Hayden is graduating, we look forward to Riya returning next year.


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Both of our DECA chapters led by Mrs. Province and Mrs. Burkhart at GHS and Ms. Neal at CHHS had unprecedented years with record membership numbers, multiple state level and international qualifiers, as well as success at ICDC.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.


FFA Students have the opportunity to participate in multiple events throughout the year. These include Leadership Development Events, Career Development Events, and Speaking Development Events. The GCFFA chapter is very active in our local, district, area, and state competitions. We are proud of all of our FFA students and teachers and their many successes this year!

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Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions.


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.

GCISD Automotive sent 12 students to regional and state competitions and won 12 best of show, 7 superior and 5 excellent awards


American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute - Gold Star Customer Service Certificate

Five students who participated in the Hospitality Event through DECA received the AHLEI gold star customer service certificate.

The certification provides recognition for those individuals who know how to deliver exceptional service and create memorable experiences. The CGSP® designation is the highest acknowledgment of awarding-winning guest service for employees in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Congratulations to all the CNA students who passed their Certified Nursing Assistant certification. The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program is certified through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability. The State of Texas requires at least 100 hours of training. 40 hours must be done at a nursing home facility. This CNA class is unique because these students got the opportunity to do direct hands-on care for the residents at the nursing home. The students are required to learn a total of 46 hands-on skills. Some of the skills we learn are bathing, feeding, shaving, and mobility. The CNA students not only learn many physical skills but they learn people skills that can help them no matter what field these students pursue.

To become a Certified Nursing Assistant, the students passed both a written and hands-on skills test. This is a tremendous accomplishment to achieve.

Certified Veterinarian Assistant

Ms. Piganelli had 6 students sit for and pass their Certified Veterinarian Assistant Certification Exam this year. (pictured below)

CVAs support the Veterinarian and/or vet tech in their daily tasks. CVAs may be asked to perform kennel work, assist in the restraint and handling of animals, feed and exercise of animals, or spend time on clerical duties.

CVA Level 1 is equivalent to 90 days of on the job training with the following requirements:

- 500 in class hours and 300 in clinic hours

- Mastering all required level 1 material

- Skills validation checklist

- Exam application and checklist approved by DVM

- Completion of certification exam with a 70% or higher

Emergency Medical Technician

Through a partnership with Tarrant County College District, we offer the EMT Certification program to students on campus at the GCISD TECC. This year we have 7 students who will complete the classroom portion and continue into the summer to complete their remaining clinical/ride along hours in order to sit for the exam. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare to work toward their certification.

Hunter Education Certification

In the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management Course, students have the opportunity to test for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Certification. This certification is offered to all students within the class and required for any person hunting on public or private Texas lands born on or after Sept 2nd, 1971. Students learn the core standards in Firearm, Hunting and Outdoor Safety, Hunting Responsibilities and Wildlife Conservation as well as Bowhunting, Muzzleloaders, Outdoor Survival and First Aid.

This year Mr. McGrew had 35 students pass their exam and are now certified.

Microsoft Office Certifications

In Business Information Management, students had the opportunity to take the Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exams in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Microsoft Office Specialist Program is a project-based test, giving students real-world exercises to test their understanding of Microsoft Office. This year we had 12 students certify in Word, 6 students certify in Excel, and 5 students certify in PowerPoint. Three of those students passed all three assessments.

Texas State Floral Association Certification

This year we had 23 students achieve their Texas State Floral Association Level 1 Certification, and 9 students achieve their knowledge-based Floral Certification.

To achieve the TSFA Level 1 certification students must pass a 100 question knowledge-based online exam and pass a 2 part timed design portion where they create a symmetrical arrangement and boutonniere.

Graphic Design - Adobe Photoshop CC

Our Graphic Design classes will be taking the Adobe Certified Associate for Visual Design with a focus in Adobe Photoshop CC. There will be over 80 students taking the professional certification. Over the past five years, the Graphics Design Class has certified over 250 students total in this type of professional level certification.

Video Game Design - Unity Certified Associate

10 Advanced Video Game Design students passed the Unity Certified Associate exam. Unity Certified Associates have the foundational skills necessary for making a game with Unity, spanning key concepts in both technical art and programming. These earners have the core skills required for successful game design and coding. Becoming Unity Certified demonstrates to employers that you have the technical skills and applied knowledge they need.

"Unity is one of the most in-demand tech skills and has one of the highest forecasted growth rates at over 35% over the next two years." -Burning Glass, job market analytics platform.

CTE Student Recognitions

Grapevine High School CTE Student of The Year

Wendy Thornsberry exemplifies a commitment to Career and Technical Education through successful completion of courses within the Agriculture, Business, Culinary, Human Services, and Marketing career clusters. She completed practicum level courses in both Human Services and Marketing. She strives to always do her best, give unto others, and represent the TECC department at the top level. We are so proud of Wendy and all that she has accomplished during her time in our programs, we look forward to seeing all of the great things she does in her future!

FFA Area V Officer

On May 13th, at the Area V FFA Convention our very own, Sydney Turgeon, was elected as the Area V FFA President for the 2019-2020 school year. Area V encompasses the entire DFW metroplex and surrounding areas. There are 118 FFA chapters and over 13,000 members within Area V. Sydney completed a written test, essay, and 8 interview rounds on Saturday, May 11th. She then had to get up in front of the delegation at the Area V Convention and deliver 2 speeches. Sydney has worked incredibly hard for several months preparing for the elections and we are so proud of her for achieving this position.


GCISD Engineering launched their first rocket this year as a part of the SystemsGo Curriculum. Our first ever SystemsGo team Andriy Malyshchak (Team Leader),Trevor Spalding (Lead Builder), Mineko Ramirez, Katie Cairo, Melissa Gofredo, and Sarah Henderson, got to take part in the launch at Jacksboro in April.

The rocket went up to 5,389 ft at 328 feet per second per the data information they got from the altimeter.

In the Community

Culinary Arts

Executive Pastry Chef, Art Surman, from the Gaylord Texan came to the GCISD TECC to teach our culinary students how to make various desserts. Not only did the students have fun, they also got to eat and share what they made. The Gaylord Texan has been an invaluable partner to our Culinary Arts program for the past 10 years.

Hospitality and Tourism

Working with the City of Grapevine and the tourism and sister city departments. Touring and Interacting with PW McCallum and the staff of the city of Grapevine. Students learned the tourism history of the city and all of the opportunities the city has to offer currently. Students were able to tour the Gaylord and Hilton Southlake Hotels. Students had the opportunity to eat at a reduced rate at Copeland's restaurant in Southlake and see fine dining in action and see things they learned in class in an actual setting. I am also excited about our new class next year for travel and tourism and the relationship with the Gaylord.

Practicum in Human Services - Education

Students in the Practicum in Human Services classes go out into our local elementary schools and the GCISD Early Childhood Development Center to do practical training in classrooms. We are thankful for the cooperating schools in our district that allow our students to join their classrooms and take part in the education of their students. See some pictures below of students with their classes.