Dr. Marley Morris, career and technology director for Humble ISD, was recently named president-elect for the Career and Technical Association of Texas (CTAT). Upon completing a one-year term as president-elect, he will become president of the organization in July 2018. Morris has served on the board of directors for four years.
CTAT is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, and is the leading advocate for career and technology education. CTAT enables educators to prepare students for successful careers through rigorous academic and work-based learning programs, promoting instructional partnerships with business and industry, and increasing public awareness of the career opportunities available to students.
Under Morris’ leadership, Humble ISD has become a leader in career and technical education (CTE) around the state, particularly in the areas of business partnerships and coherent sequences of courses which yield industry certifications.
“It’s important to get our students out to job sites where they can gain skills and experience, as well as build relationships with people in their chosen career path. We are always looking for business and industry partners so we have career-related places for our students to learn and grow. In return, our partners gain work resources while influencing the training process of our, and potentially their, future workforce,” said Morris.
Humble ISD provides over 150 CTE courses in 15 career clusters to students in grades 7-12. Career clusters are groups of occupations and industries based on commonalities and represent the skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, that all students within the career cluster should obtain. Examples of career clusters include: architecture and construction; arts, audio/visual technology and communications; marketing; finance; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).