Find out how your teens can study one of 17 programs that will prepare them for in-demand careers.
For teens that desire a unique learning experience, Blanson Career and Technical Education High School’s programs may be a good fit. The campus is set to open in fall 2018.
Vocational education across the U.S. has been undergoing changes over the last few years. Industry is becoming more involved in education. Companies are partnering with schools to align programs to meet their needs. Aldine ISD is helping shape that future with Blanson CTEHS. Students will have a chance to earn valuable college credits while still in high school. This combination helps high school graduates become more employable.
Blanon HS constructionBlanson Career and Technical Education High School’s design is unique and modern. The challenge was to create flexible learning environments. These needed to support the skills necessary for the competitive careers. The multimillion–dollar, state–of–the–art campus is currently under construction. When it opens, it will be one of the most innovative career and technical learning and training centers in the area.
Career Education With the Future Employer in Mind
In today’s economy, only 34 percent of jobs in the economy require a high school diploma or less. According to the U.S. Department of Education, future economies will need highly skilled workers. They will need to have strong academic foundation skills. And they will need considerable technical knowledge and skills. On top of that, they must have well-developed employability skills and attributes.
“The programs at Blanson CTE High School evolved from industry research,” said Principal Ben Ibarra. “We also looked at labor market data and took input from business partners. The goal is to train future workers who will close the skills gap in industry.
“These are fields that are in high demand now and have a growing demand in the future job market. Currently, there is a skilled worker shortage. An aging population is reducing the labor force. Companies are looking for talented, skilled workers to fill these needs.”
Deloris Golden, lead counselor at the campus, stated that students would receive specialized, practical experience in the classroom and labs.
They will also receive hands-on training through internships. Staff will also work to develop students’ soft skills like communication, creativity, attitude and problem solving.
This high school teaches 17 different trades. Graduates will leave with a specific skill such as machining, dental assistant, physical therapy assistant or construction. And most importantly, the programs will put students on a direct path to the middle class. The CTE programs also target STEM fields such as engineering and technology.
Nicole Theunissen, coordinator of campus and student initiatives, shared that students will be encouraged to pursue licenses and certifications. These will increase graduates’ employability and chances to land great jobs. However, Theunissen added that graduates should think long-term about their careers. With more training and education, they will further increase their opportunities in all kinds of careers. Individuals can potentially earn $40,000 to $60,000 annually within two years of training.
If a student has a particular interest in a career field offered at Blanson CTEHS, they should apply. This opportunity will give them an advantage.
“Our graduates will be able to compete for those in–demand jobs. These fields offer opportunities here in Houston, across the U.S. and around the world,” said Ibarra.
“Our staff and partners will work to inspire students to achieve excellence.
“The goal is to keep Blanson CTE High School at the cutting edge of education and to ensure that the education we deliver to our students gives them the competitive advantage that they need to succeed in today‘s rapidly changing economy.
“Know that when you leave with your high school diploma, you will also leave knowing you possess the 21st century skills that will make you immediately marketable, immediately employable, and immediately desirable to college admissions officers and industry professionals alike.”
Learn More by Attending A Parent Information Night Event in November
Blanson CTEHS representatives will share information at each Parent Information Night. Families with children in grades 8 through 10 who are interested in applying should attend.
Date, Time & Locations
- Nov. 9
Location & Time: Davis HS, 6-8 p.m.
Audience: Families with students at Davis HS, Nimitz HS, Davis Ninth Grade School, Nimitz Ninth Grade School, Plummer Middle School, Shotwell MS, Teague MS & Lewis MS
- Nov. 14
Location & Time: MacArthur HS, 6-8 p.m.
Audience: Families with students at MacArthur HS, MacArthur Ninth Grade School, Hambrick MS and Grantham Academy
- Nov. 15
Location & Time: Aldine HS, 6-8 p.m.
Audience: Families with students at Aldine HS, Aldine Ninth Grade School, Stovall MS and Aldine MS
- Nov. 16
Location & Time: Eisenhower HS, 6-8 p.m.
Audience: Families with students at Eisenhower HS, Eisenhower Ninth Grade School, Hoffman MS and Drew Academy
- Nov. 16
Location & Time: M.O. Campbell Educational Center (1865 Aldine Bender Rd.), 6-7:30 p.m.
Audience: All families with current students in eighth to 10th grade interested in attending the campus.
Your Future. Our Mission.
Discover other programs at Blanson CTEHS. Click on the image to find out about industry certifications, partners and career pathways each program can lead to.