Career and Technical Training

Careers Start Here.

February is nationally recognized as CTE Awareness Month. During the month of February, the GEDC focuses on bringing awareness to the wonderful CTE resources our community works together to provide. This year, we have partnered with Workforce Solutions Texoma providing virtual access to learn more about the local manufactures and how you may align with their business goals. You will also have access to explore educational resources that NCTC offers by using our online platform. 

You may excess the online platform following the link below: 

What is CTE?

  • Career & Technical Training (CTE) prepares students for life after school by providing students with a strong academic foundation and real-world technical skills. 

How does CTE prepare students? 

  • provide guidance on how to obtain industry certifications
  • offer courses that may be applied as college credits
  • connect students with opportunities for internships and on-the-job training 
  • provide knowledge and resources for obtaining after school lifestyle  and career goals

Check out these resources to learn more about how CTE month can help push your career further: 

Workforce Solutions Texoma

North Central Texas College

Gainesville ISD

  • More Resources for High School students

“The company’s desire for continuous growth and expansion provides me with a sense of security that I have chosen a successful career.”

Brian Fleitman - Universal Machining Industries, Inc.

The Dual Credit program at NCTC provides an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in college-level courses to earn both college credit and high school credit simultaneously. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at NCTC are designed to prepare a student for the high-demand, high-skill careers of today’s ever-changing workplace. And many of these career choices will pay more than the jobs held by those with bachelor’s degrees. NCTC has one-year

NCTC has one-year certificate and two-year degree programs that can enable you to walk out of the classroom and into the workforce! Instructors are professionals in their field and the hands-on training equips students not only with an authentic experience with the environment, conditions, and equipment of the job but builds the communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills employers value.


A machinist uses machine tools to make or modify parts, primarily ones made of metal. As a machinist, you will be in charge of adjusting and calibrating equipment to keep it in good working order. The on-campus machining course will teach you layout blueprints, jig bore and grinder, precision measuring CNC, lathes, G codes, tool paths, and precision production, all in NCTC’s state-of-the-art lab.

The employment outlook for machinists is growing faster than average. Experienced machinists can make upwards of $20 per hour.

Industrial Mechanics

As a student of Industrial mechanics at NCTC, you will gain skills and experience in troubleshooting and repair of electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and pump systems. Graduates of this program may expect to find jobs as maintenance, repair, or service technicians for heavy equipment, hospital buildings, and commercial buildings, and industrial plants or even become an apprenticed electrician. Experienced industrial mechanics can earn upwards of $22 per hour.


Welders are listed as “targeted occupation” by local workforce boards. Demand is high for welders who can work with aluminum, stainless steel and mild metals in manufacturing and oil fields. Beginning welders often find work on assembly lines but can advance to precision welders, quality control, and sales. Experienced welders can earn upwards of $20 per hour.

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