Coordinator of CTE
Conroe Independent School District
Gregory Shipp is the coordinator of CTE for Conroe Independent School District (CISD). A field-based administrator, he is responsible for all CTE programs for six large area high schools. He is the sole administration source for CTE in his district, which offers CTE programs of study in 15 of the 16 Career Clusters, all of which include at least one industry certification. Shipp directs all CTE program development and budget work, serves as a liaison with area colleges, directs the development of CTE planning, handles all phases of the district’s CTE funding, mentors and supervises CTE teachers, and mediates and resolves personnel and CTE legal issues.
Under Shipp’s leadership, CISD has upgraded and implemented CTE programs built on core academic skills enhanced by emerging technologies. As part of Shipp’s vision for CTE, students begin planning for their futures before high school by conducting career exploration and creating four-year plans in the eighth grade. Shipp increased state funding by over $300,000 a year by establishing a true year-round school calendar. He partnered with Sam Houston State University to receive a $600,000 intensive summer grant targeting the improvement of math skills and scores. He has also created new CTE dual credit and workforce credit opportunities, and with Lone Star College, piloted the new online Advanced Technical Credit certification in 2012. Deputy Superintendent Christopher J. Hines says, “Mr. Shipp has helped generate a lot of positive energy and promising outlook through his knowledge of and commitment to career and technical education, his initiative, his communication and his ability to motivate.”
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