Professional Certification for Students

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Professional certifications in ten different fields are available for students to earn before they receive their diplomas from Duncanville High School, giving them additional qualifications for immediate employment or pursuit of higher education.  Career and Technology Education (CTE) counselor Carla Coggins explains how students are empowered to pursue their goals.  “The target is preparing students to be workforce-ready when they graduate, able to immediately engage in their future, whatever it is.  They will have the abilities and certifications necessary to enter their industry of choice, or use this foundation to pursue higher education, or do both at the same time.”

CosmetologySix DHS students recently earned Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Word 2010.  Instructor Annette Burnap is proud of their work this school year to prepare for the qualification test. “This certification is nationally recognized and can be used on job applications, college applications, and resumes, and is the industry standard,” she explains.

Other certifications that students can earn at DHS include:

  • Texas State Floral Designer
  • Veterinary Assistant, OSHA Safety Certification (through Construction Technology, Automotive Technology and Collision Repair and Refinishing)
  • Microsoft Certified Application Specialist in Power Point, Excel, and Access
  • Comp TIA A+ in Computer Maintenance and Network certification
  • the ability to sit for the PTCB National Certification Exam for Pharmacy Technician

Students can also earn certification in Apple Final Cut Pro video editing in two years, and can sit for the licensing exam in Cosmetology after taking three years of classes.  Next year, the CTE department will begin offering an ASW Certification in welding.

Coggins explains that CTE teachers also advocate for their students after they earn their certifications, working to match students with open positions at local businesses when they graduate.  As a requirement of the Carl Perkins Grant, which funds the DHS CTE programs, each of the certification departments maintains advisory boards made up of industry professionals who help guide program decisions.  The department also uses these contacts to help students find employment.