Susan Kirkpatrick: Executive Director of Career & Technical Education
Room #349 | Phone 281-996-6524

Laura Gutierrez: Career and Technical Education Assistant Room #349
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Friendswood ISD Career and Technical Education Mission Statement:
Cultivating Lifelong Learners for Tomorrow’s Workforce
PLTW Engineering Students Become Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers Today

From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.  

PLTW Engineering courses are part of the AP + PLTW Engineering Pathway. | PLTW Engineering video

PLTW Biomedical Science Empower Tomorrow’s Biomedical Science Professionals Today

Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to their communities, today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place.  

PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

PLTW Biomedical Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW Biomedical Science Pathway. | PLTW Biomedical Science video

CTE Organizations

(BPA) is a national organization giving students the opportunity to sharpen their business skills and compete on a regional, state and national level. By joining BPA, you can develop skills to work efficiently, develop competence in business occupations, develop student leadership skills and become a member of the National Technical Honor Society. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 8 a.m. each month in Room 601. If you are interested in joining BPA, please contact Lisa Sargent or Jane Pearce.
Sponsors: Lisa Sargent and Jane Pearce

Computer Science is open to any student who has successfully completed a Computer Science class or is currently enrolled in a Computer Science class. Members are encouraged to compete in UIL contests. Computer Science competes at the UIL district, regional and state levels.
Sponsor: Annette Walter
DECA’s activities focus on competitive events in specific occupational skills at the local, state, and national level, and also leadership development and management training. In every state, four territories, the District of Columbia, and Canada, DECA offers students the opportunity to excel and to be recognized for their achievements in marketing education. DECA’s student divisions in high school, and Delta Epsilon Chi at the college level, are student organizations specifically created to provide teaching/learning experiences to be used both in and out of the classroom.
Sponsor: Kara Buster
To be a part of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) the student must be enrolled in a Family Consumer Science course or have taken one in the past. The purpose of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.
Sponsors: Melissa Schwartz and Brooke Holtvluwer

Membership in FFA is limited to students who are enrolled in one of the agriculture science classes. This is a national organization with over 1300 chapters in Texas alone. Competition opportunities are leadership contests in the fall, career development contests in the spring and raising and showing animals throughout the year. Students travel to many high schools and universities for contest sites. Many outside activities are available to students throughout the year. The purposes of this organization are to develop leadership skills, organizational skills, responsibility and productive citizens for the future.
Sponsors: Trevor Reifel and Rachel Hults

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division. HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs. HOSA is 100% health care!
Our award winning local chapter is very active in leadership development, community service, as well as the competitive events offered by National HOSA. HOSA is open to any student who has an interest in the health care profession, not just students who take Health Science Cluster classes.
Sponsors: Heather Martin, Bridget Ruth and Carla Burris
NTHS is the honor society that honors student achievement in career and technical student organizations such as BPA, DECA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SKillsUSA, and TSA. NTHS promotes leadership and educational excellence by recognizing outstanding students and providing scholarship opportunities. The induction ceremony is in April each year.
Sponsors: Melissa Schwartz and Brooke Holtvluwer

The FHS Robotics team competes in FIRST Tech Challenge.  The teams design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.  Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.  Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.
Sponsors: Nishi St John and Derek Carter

SKillsUSA at FHS is a club where audio and video production students compete in contests such as Broadcast News, Digital Cinema and TV Production. Students compete at the district, state and national level. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
Sponsors: Toby Wise and Al Taglialavore

SKillsUSA Engineering students at FHS compete in contests such as Urban Search and Rescue Robotics,  Mobile Robotics Technology, and Technical Drawing.  Students compete at the district, state and national level. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Sponsors: Nishi St John and Derek Carter

Students enrolled in Law and Public Safety classes have the opportunity to join the FHS SkillsUSA Chapter. SkillsUSA prepares students for further education or careers in a variety of skills and trades, including law-specific competitions. These include active events like Crime Scene Investigation, Felony Traffic Stop, and Skills Demonstrations. Students can show off what they have learned in the Law Quiz Bowl, as well as in several types of displays – think science fair but for law and public safety skills. Finally, students can enter leadership events, like Extemporaneous Speaking and Prepared Speech. Success at the District competition can lead to the State and National competitions. Qualification for State and Nationals also provides scholarship opportunities.
Sponsor: Jon Hall


Samantha Buford, Ag Science/ Floral Design part time
Carla Burris, Health Science, HOSA
Kara Buster, Marketing, DECA
Matthew Byrd, Engineering PLTW
Derek Carter, Engineering PLTW, Robotics, SkillsUSA Engineering, Robotics
Denise Fancett, Culinary Assistant
Laura Gutierrez, CTE Assistant
Jon Hall, Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security; SkillsUSA Law
Karen Hillier, Lead Campus Technologist
Brooke Holtvluwer, Ready, Set, Teach, NTHS Sponsor, FCCLA
Rachel Hults, Ag Science, FFA, AG/Floral Design
Susan Kirkpatrick, Executive Director CTE
Heather Martin, Health Science/PLTW Biomedical Science, HOSA
Lonnie Moffitt, Ag Barn Manager
Melissa Novak, Hospitality & Human Services, NTHS Sponsor, FCCLA
Jane Pearce, Campus Technology Assistant, BPA
Trevor Reifel, Ag Science, FFA
Bridget Ruth, Health Science, HOSA
Lisa Sargent, Business and Finance, CTE Team Leader, BPA
Nishi St. John, Engineering PLTW, Robotics, SkillsUSA Engineering
Al Taglialavore, Arts & A/V Technology, Skills USA AV, Scoreboard, CTE iCoach
Annette Walter, Computer Science, Computer Club, UIL Computer Science, Cyberpatriots
Toby Wise, Arts & A/V Technology, Skills USA AV