College, Career and Military Readiness
Altagracia H. Valles-Villarreal
Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator
(830) 278-6655 ext. 6136
Melissa Alejandro, LMSW
College, Career & Military Readiness Advisor
Uvalde High School
830-591-2950, ext. 6133
Welcome! College, Career, and Military Readiness strives to expand learning, opportunity, and preparation towards a student’s more successful post-high school experience. The Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Local Education Agencies, and the Texas Workforce Commission all collaborate to create, guide, and/or support systems and programs that will enrich the development of students.
Uvalde CISD extends student college opportunity through Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP), and dual credit (DC) study. Students in AP/Pre-AP courses undergo rigorous coursework that prepares them towards successfully challenging national AP testing. AP testing is one way through which a student may earn college credit while still in high school. Students may also participate in dual credit courses offered through partnership with Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC), as well as through the On Ramps program offered through the University Of Texas at Austin. Dual credit study allows a student opportunity to enroll in actual college courses and earn college credit while still in high school. DC courses are demanding and expect from the high school student the very same work ethic and work discipline as that of other full-time college students.
Career & Technical Education (CTE) is a program of study that integrates applicable academic and technical knowledge and skills that guide and prepare students towards more successfully pursuing current and growing professions. The Uvalde CISD Career and Technical Education Program offers instruction in twelve of the sixteen nationally recognized career clusters. Within each cluster is a pathway, or coherent sequencing of courses, that leads to industry training, licensures, and/or industry-based certifications. CTE pathways also offer students opportunity to enroll in technical education courses that can be taken for dual credit (DC) or advanced technical credit (ATC) through close partnership with Southwest Texas Junior College. Additionally, different pathways offer students the opportunity to engage in career and technical student organizations (CTSO) that further enrich a young person’s career choice through service, competitive activities, and leadership opportunities. CTE study is introduced to middle school students through career exploration and is then available to all high school students.
Uvalde CISD supports student interest in military careers and offers students ASVAB testing, an aptitude battery used to identify developed abilities and possible occupational areas in which these abilities might be successfully applied within the military. Students also may join the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program in grades 9-12, with four levels of courses that teach citizenship, leadership, physical fitness, drills, commands, and ceremonies, among other subjects within its curriculum. JROTC is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces and depending on the school’s choice of affiliation, can be specific to the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines. The Uvalde CISD JROTC program is sponsored by the United States Navy and thus teaches Naval Science curriculum prescribed by the Naval Service Training Command.
College, Career, and Military programs of Uvalde CISD do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, gender, identity, or religion.