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Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center

The Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center offers students attending any GISD high school the opportunity to take advanced-level Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in addition to taking other classes at their home campus.

The center expands the opportunities available to district students with unique programs, certifications and advanced-level courses. Courses are taught by industry experts in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The facility also showcases an onsite experiential learning program featuring a simulated city designed to teach sixth-graders about participating in a global economy.


Benefits of attending GRCTC

The center offers more than 90 advanced-level CTE courses for juniors and seniors including several exclusive courses.

Opportunities include:

  • dentistry
  • firefighting
  • veterinary medicine
  • architecture
  • logistics
  • pharmacology
  • cybersecurity

View the High school course descriptions for details on all the CTE courses available in GISD.

Get a jump start on college or your career

Dual-credit courses allow students to not only earn high school credits but college credit, as well.

With practicum courses, students gain industry experience through labs that simulate real work environments. Some practicum courses also offer external internships.

Certifications and licenses give students the opportunity to start a career after graduation or to earn additional college credit.

Take courses without changing schools

If you want to take classes at GRCTC, you don’t have to change schools. Students stay at their home campuses and travel to the center for two class periods on either A day or B day.

JA BizTown® Program

JA BizTown is a 10,000 square foot kid-sized city within the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center. Several weeks of classroom learning culminates in a daylong visit to this fully interactive simulated free market where students become adults for a day. By working in one of 14 JA BizTown stores, GISD sixth-graders learn what it takes to run a successful business, manage a checking account and work as a team. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated community, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a global economy.

Visit the JA BizTown web page to find out more.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses teach skills that translate into professions. Because students in CTE courses receive real-world experience and hands-on training in some of the most high-demand fields, graduates often work their way through college or enter the workforce straight out of high school.

How does GRCTC affect CTE courses at my high school?

GRCTC expands the opportunities available to district students, adding new programs, certifications and advanced-level courses. GISD’s seven high schools continue to offer their own CTE specializations.

How are classes scheduled?

Courses are offered in morning or afternoon sessions, with students either starting or ending the day at GRCTC. 

Who can attend?

GRCTC serves juniors and seniors from all seven district high schools. Sophomores may also participate in culinary arts and firefighting courses.

What about transportation?

District transportation is provided, or students can choose to drive their own vehicles.