GCISD CTE Update

October 2018

Automotive Technology - Restoration Project

The GCISD Automotive Technology classes will be restoring a 1966 C10 for their SkillsUSA Competition in the Spring. Some of the projects that they will complete as a part of this restoration will be:


  • Install a 340 HP all aluminum LS1 Engine and 4L60 transmission
  • Cut 20 inches from the frame to make it a "short bed"
  • Rebuild the front and rear suspension
  • Install airbags and lower the truck 4"-5"
  • Repaint the truck "seafoam green"
  • Install 20" Ridler wheels
  • Custom exhaust
  • custom leather seat

Students have already begun work, see some of them in action below!

GCISD Animal Science Center Remodel

As a part of the 2016 Bond Program, the Animal Science Center also know as the "Ag Barn" received some improvements to the structure over the Spring and Summer. The bond provided $905,948 to replace the electrical, roof, roll up doors, and exterior, along with some modifications to the surrounding parking lot and grounds. Kubota and GCISD provided $10,000 each to update the cattle pens, additionally The Ward Family, Bush Family, Bank of the West, Mike Sims, Jamie Burton, Steve Humphrey, Friends of the GCFFA, Briscoe Family, and Gallegos Family donated a total of $11,000 for the new pens. Animals have now been moved back into the barn and students are busy preparing for this show season. A ribbon cutting will be held on October 9th at 6:00 PM to unveil the updated facility and honor the generous donations provided by Kubota and The Friends of the GCFFA.

Health Science Students Receive CPR Certification and Begin Medical Rotations

In September, 72 Juniors and Seniors enrolled in the upper-level Health Science classes: Health Science Theory, Health Science Theory with Clinicals and Certified Nurse Assistant were trained and certified in Healthcare Professional Basic Life Support CPR. In October, the students in the Health Science Theory with Clinicals classes will begin clinical rotations at Baylor Scott & White-Grapevine Hospital. They will observe a variety of healthcare clinicians perform real-life work in the hospital setting. The students in the Certified Nurse Assistant classes will begin clinicals this month at Grapevine Medical Lodge, learning their skills for the end of the year, Certified Nurse Assistant examination. The Health Science Program at the GCISD Technology Education and Career Center appreciates the support from the students, families, administration and community partners.


Health Science Clinical students from Mrs. Hoard and Mrs. Mordhorst's classes are pictured below on their first day at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Grapevine.

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Practicum in Human Services - Future Educators

Students in the Practicum in Human Services - Education class are practicing differentiation by creating and teaching lessons using all 3 learning styles (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic). This is a course taught at Colleyville Heritage for students from both GHS and CHHS. Students apply skills they learn in the classroom in GCISD Elementary schools and the GCISD Early Childhood Development Center, to prepare for future careers in education.

Systems Go - Engineering

This year, Shon Slatton from the GCISD TECC and Keanan Hall from GMS are piloting the Systems Go curriculum in their Engineering courses. "SystemsGo is an innovative high school rocketry/aeroscience curriculum that uses project-based learning to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); to develop skills in teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership; and to encourage careers in the engineering industries" (https://www.systemsgo.org/).


The curriculum is being taught in Principles of Applied Engineering and Engineering Presentation and Design I, next year students will advance to Engineering Design and Presentation II, where they will have an opportunity to expand on what they have learned this year. The goal of the program is for, "students to design and develop remotely operated vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles for research or industrial applications. Advanced students develop sounding rockets capable of lofting scientific payloads to 100,000 feet for collaborative research with universities, ultimately launching their vehicles at White Sands Missile Range" (https://www.systemsgo.org/).


"The program has been featured on NBC Nightly News, and is certified by The Space Foundation. It is now used in high schools in Texas, New Mexico, and Oregon. Graduates work in leadership positions at NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, and other prestigious industries and schools across the country" (https://www.systemsgo.org/).

The Outpost - Coming Soon

The Outpost located in the GCISD Technology Education and Career Center at Grapevine High School is a School-Based Enterprise founded and managed by GCISD marketing students. This is a student ran retail storefront serving students and staff of GCISD that offers a variety of apparel, accessories, a wide variety spirit items and, of course, fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Mrs. Province’s Practicum in Marketing and Entrepreneurship students are the store employees and are involved in all aspects of the business operations ranging from product development and promotion to purchasing and product channel management. The purpose of The Outpost is to reach our target audience’s needs through offering quality products and services; but more importantly, this venture cultivates a real-world learning lab to provide an impactful hands-on experience for students that can be used to enhance their skills for post-high school pursuits.

Video Game Design

Students in Video Game Design are creating a 2 level game in Gamestar Mechanic, they are learning about the core elements of game design and the value of getting playtester feedback to improve their game designs.


Advanced Video Game Design students are continuing to learn how to use Unity to build games. Students have already created a 3d game where the player rolls a ball around to collect points. Students are now creating a 2d version of the same game to see the unique differences between 3d and 2d game builds in Unity. Students are building a framework of knowledge in the Unity game engine so that they can pass the test in the Spring to become Unity Certified Game Developers!

Did you know...?

  • GCISD offers CTE courses that also count as math, science, and fine arts credits.
  • Many of our capstone courses include Industry Recognized Certifications for students.
  • GCISD has CTE Programs of Study in 12 of the 16 National Career Clusters.

For More Information

For more information about CTE in GCISD, please see the district CTE page: https://www.gcisd.net/departments/career___tech_ed