Plano ISD is considering adding more options for its career and technical education programs.

The focus will be on preparing for high-demand, well-paying jobs, according to a presentation during the March 14 PISD board of trustees meeting.

Some of the programs under consideration to be added or expanded include accounting and financial services, advanced manufacturing and machinery mechanics, automotive, audio visual programs, construction management, cybersecurity and digital forensics, firefighting, hospitality and culinary arts, law enforcement, legal studies, forensics and welding.

Also under discussion are plans to continue to offer district programs that are already in place such as biomedical, emergency medical technician, nursing, cosmetology and education.

The career and technical work group has been studying what programs the district should offer for career and technical education. The committee consists of 50 representatives from district administrators, principals, counselors, teachers, education foundation staff and leaders from the city, businesses, healthcare and higher education.

Throughout April, the school board will hear more updates and recommendations, according to a timeline shown during the presentation, which was the first in a series. In May, the board is expected to hear a final report based on all of the group findings and input from staff and the community.

Next, the board will begin formulating a vision based on the information that was gathered, board President David Stolle said during the meeting.

The entire presentation is available online.