Career Institute East

Developing Leaders ~ Building Futures

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Welcome To Our Newsletter

Greetings All,

Welcome to our Career Institute East Newsletter. With the 1st nine weeks of school behind us, we have so much to be thankful for. In our very first year, this team has hit the ground running. Our teachers and staff have been working so hard to reach and connect with students during these unprecedented times.

Career Institute East is honored to be serving students from Lincoln HS, Bryan Adams HS, Woodrow Wilson HS, Spruce HS and the "Great" James Madison HS.

We are serving 285 students this first year in the following pathways:

  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity
  • Interior Design

Next year, we will offer additionally:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Health Science: Patient Care Technician
  • Health Science: Pharmacy Technician

We are looking forward to accomplishing our indicators of success this year:

  • students successfully passing their Career Institute Pathway Courses
  • students earning their OSHA and Microsoft Fundamentals certifications
  • student retention in the Career Institutes program
  • students receiving job opportunities from our wonderful Industry Partners upon graduation

When it is safe, we can't wait to see all of you here to see all the great things happening at CI East! Please enjoy some of the highlights from the first 1st nine weeks.

With Gratitude,

Kyna Eberhardt

Career Institute East


Career Institute East: Indicators of Success

Job offers upon graduation
Dallas ISD Career Institute East

Career Institute East @Lincoln HS: A New Look

CI East: Beginning of the Year Teacher Celebration

CI East Teaching Staff

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CI East: School Leadership Walk

We were very excited to welcome Dr. Hinojosa and Dr. Lear to CI East. They had an opportunity to walk the campus and visit with a few of our pathway teachers. Leading the tour was Oswaldo Alvarenga, Asst. Superintendent of STEM & CTE.

CI East: Student Spotlight

Jose Patino: OSHA Certification Complete

We are super proud of Jose Patino from Spruce HS. He is a student in Mr. Salvador Becerra's Principles of Construction class. Jose worked extremely hard and is amongst the first students to complete his OSHA certification.
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Career Institutes: Industry Partner Corner

Cybersecurity Awareness Day: Meme Competition

Special thanks to our Industry Partners, Angel Mosely, with CyberSecurity GameChangers, and. Our students got a chance to participate in a meme contest, which they judged. As you can see, our students did well in the competition. Way to go students!
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Career Institutes Celebrates National Manufacturing Day

Career Institutes participated in our first district-wide Manufacturing Day celebration. Students participated in a virtual presentation by Michael Horn, along with a tour of his company, AC Horn Manufacturing. Even another one of our industry partners jumped in to participate. Students were excited and asked great questions at the end. Next year's event will be even bigger and better!
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Building Talent Foundation Welcomes Teachers Back to School

In a virtual session, members from Building Talent Foundation welcomed our teachers back to the classroom. Teachers were able to find out more information about Building Talent Foundation, as well as how they can assist them throughout the school year. We want to thank Building Talent Foundation for their support and welcoming of our teachers. It was appreciated.

Career Institute East: Asst. Principal Corner

CI East: Safety Comes First



Practice safe distancing.

Students will follow safe social distancing of at least 6 feet, even when wearing a mask.

Wear a mask.

Students will wear a mask to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

Clean your hands frequently.

Students will use hand sanitizer frequently. For appropriate use of hand sanitizer, follow these steps:

  • Apply one to two squirts of sanitizer to the palm of one hand ― enough to cover all surfaces of the hands.
  • Rub the sanitizer over all the surfaces of hands, fingers and nails until dry. This should take at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep a to-go size hand sanitizer container nearby.

Disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Custodian will disinfect surfaces routinely and immediately if they become visibly soiled. Disinfect items frequently touched such as light switches, door handles, and desk.

Students and parents should perform symptom self-checks and stay home if sick.

Every day before going to school, check for symptoms of illness, especially COVID-19 symptoms, such as new-onset cough or shortness of breath. If you are sick, avoid spreading germs by staying home from school or other activities.


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Career Institute East: Counselor Corner

CI East: Teacher Spotlight

Dallas ISD Career Institutes Architecture Program

Lorena Toffer, Principles of Architecture Instructor

Lorena Toffer is an instructor at the Career Institute East, where she develops engaging, standards-based learning experiences for students.

Toffer, a registered architect in Mexico and the U.S., has over fifteen years of design experience and is a registered interior designer. Her work is prevalent in many places; a few include Bank of America, Ed Rachal Foundation, Panola College, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Holocaust Museum, and the Sixth Floor Museum in Downtown Dallas.

As a co-founder of Dallas ISD's CityLab High School, the first of its kind, her passions to employ her skills with students and the community began before her tenure at the Career Institute East. For Ms. Toffer, the Career Institute is not just a school; it is a place where she encourages students to find their niche and become social entrepreneurs in their communities.

Fun Facts About Ms. Toffer

1. Drinks a healthy green juice EVERY morning

2. First in her family to study Architecture, and to come to the US

3. Loves to spend time with her husband and their three rescue dogs

4. Plays the flute

5. Grows organic fruits and vegetables in her backyard

6. Loves Lady Gaga

CI East: Recruitment Time

8th Grade Interest Link

It's time to recruit for next year! If you know an 8th grader who might be interested in the Career Institutes, click on the interest link below.

About Career Institute East

Career Institute East officially opened its doors in August 2020, temporarily housed at the Lincoln Instructional Center. Our mission is to be a game-changer in students lives by teaching them the importance of work ethic, equipping them with the necessary skills to obtain sustainable jobs at a living wage, and working diligently to create job opportunities for students upon graduation.