Career and Technology Education

Career and Technical Department

Nimitz Ninth Grade

Not shown in the photo, Ms. Rucker, Ms. Hamlett, Ms. Price.


Career Technical Education (CTE) provides the students at Nimitz Ninth Grade with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. 

The Career and Technical Education Team in the Department of College, Career, and Military Preparation provides direction and leadership to the CTE programs throughout Texas. CTE staff assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for CTE, collaborates with various professional organizations about CTE programs, and assists the Instructional Materials Division in overseeing the textbook adoption process for CTE instructional materials. The CTE Team also provides ongoing communication with the field related to the curriculum and graduation requirements in 19 TAC Chapter 74.

Career and technical education programs offer a sequence of courses that provides students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions.

The Nimitz Ninth Grade Career and Technical team of teachers are: Stephanie Franklin (the Nimitz Ninth Grade Career and Technical Department Chair and the Concepts of Engineering and Engineering Graphics & Presentation teacher), Tirza Thomas-Mayberry (Business Information Management I and Touch System Data Entry teacher), Steven Sarnowski (Business Information Management I teacher), Lakeshia Hamlett (Money Matters and Principals of Business teacher), Brittny Price (Family and Consumer Science teacher), Whylan Rucker (Professional Communications  teacher), Jose Solis (ROTC instructor), Oliva Sippy (Agriculture Teacher). Each teacher is very educated and skilled in what we teach to prepare each student for high school graduation, post-secondary education and real world employment.  

Here is a Breakdown of What Our Team of Career and Technical Teachers Teach:

Ms. Stephanie Franklin

  1. Concepts of Engineering and Technology

  2. Engineering Graphics Design and Presentation

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education

Subchapter O. STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Concepts of Engineering and Technology (One-Half to One Credit).

General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 9-10.

Introduction. Concepts of Engineering and Technology provides an overview of the various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their interrelationships. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Upon completing this course, students will have an understanding of the various fields and will be able to make informed decisions regarding a coherent sequence of subsequent courses. Further, students will have worked on a design team to develop a product or system. Students will use multiple software applications to prepare and present course assignments.

Engineering Graphics Design and Presentation (One to Two Credits).

General requirements: This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12. Recommended prerequisite: Concepts of Engineering and Technology. Students enrolled in this course will

demonstrate knowledge and skills of the process of design as it applies to engineering fields using multiple software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings, solid model renderings, and prototypes. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs. Additionally, students explore career opportunities in engineering, technology, and drafting and what is required to gain and maintain employment in these areas.

Ms. LaKeshia Hamlett

Money Matters- Students will investigate global economics with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its impact on consumers and businesses. Students will determine methods of achieving long-term financial goals through investment, tax planning, asset allocation, risk management, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Principles of Business- In this introductory course, students gain knowledge and skills in economies and private enterprise systems, the impact of global business, marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing. Students analyze the sales process and financial management principles. This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems and settings in business, marketing, and finance.

Mrs. Tarza-Thomas Mayberry




Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, formulate a database, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software. Certification opportunities include Microsoft Office Specialist


In this course, students will learn to apply touch system data entry for production of business documents. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment.



Is a one-year/one-credit computer application course offered through the Career and Technical Education Department for students in grades 9 -12. By enrolling in BIM I, students learn industry standard software (Microsoft Office) to obtain a variety of marketable skills. In BIM I students have the opportunity to become Microsoft Office Specialists and MOS certified in one or more Office programs (Word & PowerPoint).  Microsoft® software is the most common application suite used in business today and MOS certifications are recognized globally.  Additionally, many colleges and universities require MOS certification for various majors.  In BIM I students will develop skills in the following applications and technology


Ms. Rucker


The student will understand and develop skills in oral communication, which will be fundamental to all other learning and to all levels of human interaction. Students will understand concepts and processes involved with sending and receiving oral messages, evaluating and using nonverbal communication and listening for a variety of purposes. In Professional Communication, students will develop communication competence in interpersonal, group, professional, and public interaction to establish and maintain productive relationships and function effectively in social, academic and citizenship roles.



This class is meant to expose students to the world of agriculture. Most believe that this class teaches students how to become farmers. The objective of the Principles class is to break stereotypes about agriculture, to open the eyes of students to the abundant possibilities before them. Students will learn different career opportunities in agriculture as well as, qualities and characteristics that employers look for. While in this course students will also gain an understanding of the National FFA Organization from its beginning, to where the organization currently stands.  Throughout the year students will also gain a general understanding of plants, animals and welding techniques. This class is meant to help students expand their horizons and to help them hone in on their particular interests.


    Ms. Price

    Course Description: Principles of Human Services

    This laboratory course will enable students to investigate careers in the human services career cluster including counseling and mental health, early childhood development, family and community, and personal care services. Each student is expected to complete the knowledge and skills essential for success in high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand human services careers.

    Course Description: Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    This laboratory course will enable students to investigate careers in the hospitality and Tourism career cluster.  Hospitality and Tourism industry encompasses lodging, travel, and tourism; recreation, amusement, attractions, and resorts; and restaurants and food beverage service. The hospitality and tourism industry maintains the largest national employment base in the private sector. Students use knowledge and skills that meet industry standards to function effectively in various positions within this multifaceted industry. Each student is expected to complete the knowledge and skills essential for success in high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand Hospitality and Tourism  careers.

    Course Description: Principles of Education and Training

    Principles of Education and Training is designed to introduce learners to the various careers available within the education and training career cluster. Students use self-knowledge and educational and career information to analyze various careers within the education and training career cluster. Students will also gain an understanding of the basic knowledge and skills essential to careers within the education and training career cluster. Students will develop a graduation plan that leads to a specific career choice in the student’s interest area.

    Mr. Jose Solis

    1. ROTC Instructor