CTE students receive reimbursements for industry certifications
July 21, 2021—A total of 1,099 CFISD career and technical education (CTE) students recently received reimbursements totaling $41,819 to help offset the cost of certification exams.
In 2019, the Texas Legislature amended the Texas Education Code permitting the state to provide a one-time reimbursement to CTE students that passed a certification exam and earned a certification from a state-approved listing of advanced certifications. CFISD offers more than 50 certifications from the list, with plans to add additional certifications soon.
Students who received reimbursements include Cypress Woods High School graduate Blake Stuart, who became the first student from CFISD to earn his real estate sales agent license.
Students who passed their respective certification exams prepared for the tests utilizing industry-standard material, software and equipment for little or no cost through district CTE courses, saving students hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on the certification earned.
“I am often asked why students should pursue and earn the certifications made available through the CTE courses they are taking,” said Denise Kubecka, director of career and technical education. “My simple answer is, ‘why would they not?’ Having an industry-recognized credential on their résumé when they graduate from high school could be the edge they need to set themselves apart from others as they apply for what comes next. As a bonus, getting certified through CFISD happens at a fraction of the cost of doing so through an outside agency. Again—why would you not?”