In 2014, residents of Fort Bend County approved a bond that included nearly $60 million for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Fort Bend ISD. In developing the delivery plan for 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 every student with challenging career pathways, utilizing real world experiences and evolving skill sets, attitudes and beliefs.
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. Construction on the building commenced in September 2017.
At James Reese Career and Technical Center, students from all eleven FBISD high schools have access to advanced CTE programming in multiple pathways including, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, Arts and Audio/Video Technologies and Communications, Culinary Arts, Human Services, Education and Training, Information Technology, Law and Public Safety, Manufacturing, and Transportation and Logistics. Students also have the opportunity to earn industry certifications and dual credit in some program areas while completing coursework at the facility. Students may choose to drive or access district-provided transportation in order to attend classes at Reese Center for a portion of their school day, while remaining active members of their home campuses for the other portion of their school day.
The facility serves more than just high school students. Elementary and Middle School students will engage in Reese Center through field trips and district-wide programs. This will allow 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 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.
James Reese, namesake of Reese Center, originally served as a math teacher in Fort Bend ISD and later became the first Vocational Director for the District from 1970-1985. He also served as FBISD's first Distributive Education teacher.
Mr. Reese’s career in education spanned a total of 36 years, with 33 in FBISD. He passed in 2009.