Admission Guidelines


TISD Wildcat Workforce offers equal education opportunity. We admit students and make available to them all of the program advantages, privileges and courses of study without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in its programs, services and activities.

If there is a student with limited English proficiency, a qualified TISD staff member will assist the student in completing the necessary forms, as applicable, and assist in interpreting during the application process, as needed, upon the request of the student.

Disabled students may voluntarily self-identify for the purpose of requesting reasonable accommodations during the admission process.

Information on limited English Proficiency and/or disability submitted voluntarily by the applicant, for the purpose of receiving assistance and accommodations during the entire admission process, will not affect his/her admission to any Wildcat Workforce program.

Any student enrolled in TISD is eligible to request courses for fall admission or admission during the school year to Wildcat Workforce programs. The student must be eligible to be promoted into the grade that they seek to enter for fall admission.

Transfer students from other districts, charter schools, private schools, and/or home school settings may also request fall admission or admission during the school year provided they expect to be promoted to the grade they seek to enter by their current school.

All students will be evaluated according to the selection criteria contained in these guidelines; qualified TISD students will be given priority.


TISD disseminates information about Wildcat Workforce programs and courses offered through a variety of methods, including:

  • Student centered career day events
  • Student tours of community businesses
  • Open house events for students and parents
  • Student course catalog
  • One-on-one student meetings with counselors
  • Parent conferences/meetings
  • Website


TISD counselors review student interest inventories in order to place students into courses according to their area(s) of interest.

TISD offers career readiness programs in:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business & Finance
  • Education & Training
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Public Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Admission to these programs is based on these components:

  1. Student interest
  2. Aptitude as evidenced in successful completion of prerequisite courses, performance-based assessments, and score on program preparedness rubric
  3. Age/grade level appropriateness
  4. Class space available
  5. Overall student schedule

Advanced level courses require that specific learning be achieved, and specific criteria be met. All students registering for an advanced course must meet the required standards:

  1. Be eligible for promotion into the grade seeking to enter for fall admission or admission during the school year
  2. Successfully complete all course prerequisites
  3. Meet defined criteria as identified by program preparedness rubrics which includes but is not limited to attendance and behavior
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skill by program performance-based assessments


Upon the completion of student course requests, a vetting process is followed for courses with an overflow of student requests. Steps to this process include:

  1. Remove students who have not met prerequisite criteria as identified in the course catalog and/or performance-based assessment and rubric score.
  2. Remove students who do not have opportunity or schedule space to complete required classroom hours for an industry recognized license and/or certification, as outlined by that licensing or certifying authority. For example, a senior registering for Cosmetology 1 does not have the years needed to complete the licensure requirements. Therefore, this student may be removed from the class.
  3. Apply a random number generator for remaining students to determine which students are removed using a fair and equitable method.

Counselors meet with students transferring into TISD to examine courses taken at their previous school and to align their schedule based on these courses, student interest and graduation requirements. Transfer students are vetted for overflow classes following the same processes outlined for currently enrolled TISD students.

Practicum level courses require that specific learning be achieved, and specific criteria be met. Therefore, all students registering for a practicum course must complete a performance-based assessment and meet the required standards as outlined above.

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