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Lubbock ISD offering career preparation, industry-based courses to students

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

As we reported Monday, private schools are heavily prioritizing college prep for its students.

At the same time, some districts like Lubbock ISD are leading that charge for public schools with its Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

Jill Berset, the executive director of the CTE program, said they offer industry-based courses with hands-on training in several fields. 

"So what we want is for kids to really know what they want to do when they leave high school. We know they're a lot more likely to be successful if they're on a path. It's a great way for kids to learn because all of our classes are hands-on, they're applied, they're relevant to what they want to do," Berset said.

Sophie Goforth, a high school student at Monterey, said she transferred to the school her freshman year because of this career prep program.

"I want to be an optometrist, and we had a section over eyes, so we were able to learn the anatomy of the eye, just go over basic diseases, what to look for in a medical history, and just really practice what being a doctor is," Goforth said.

For the same reason, Monterey student Dancee Vandevalde also transferred into the district.

She said it is guiding her to a path that will set up her future. 

"It's really helped me decide that I do want to go into engineering. Not only did it help me decide my major choice and the university I'd like to attend, but it also teaches you a lot of principles like teamwork, meeting deadlines, dealing with difficult people and stuff like that. So it's helped with a lot of the principles I feel as though will be in college. I've learned a lot that's matured me," Vandevalde said.

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