In 2014, residents of Fort Bend County approved a bond that included nearly $60M for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Fort Bend ISD. In developing the delivery plan for of all programs, the CTE mission and several guiding principles remained at the heart of all decisions:
Fort Bend ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides challenging career pathways for all students utilizing real world experiences and evolving skill sets, attitudes and beliefs.
Opportunities for students to complete a coherent sequence of courses that lead to industry certifications
Accessibility for all students to access CTE programs
Development of internship opportunities for students
Ability to respond to industry shifts and changes in a timely fashion
Opportunity to serve more than just the students sitting in high schools
After a year of work with business and industry partners, teachers, students and parents, the Board of Trustees approved a plan to build a new state-of-the-art facility to house advanced CTE courses; this was the birth of the James Reese Career and Technical Center. Construction commenced in September 2017 and will be complete for the 2019-2020 school year. Students from all FBISD high schools will be able to access advanced CTE programming at this facility while remaining active members of their home campus. Students have the opportunity to drive or access district provided transportation in order to attend classes at the Reese Center for a portion of their school day.
The facility will serve more than just high school students. Elementary and Middle School students will engage in the Reese Center through field trips and district wide programs. This will allows students to begin exploring career opportunities at a much younger age increasing their imagination of what the future might look like. Beginning in the summer of 2020, adult community members will be able to to access educational programs in order to advance their own interests and careers. Business partners from around the Fort Bend and Houston areas will partner with CTE to use space for professional training.