Frequently Asked Questions

    • What does the CATE Center do?
      We prepare students for the workforce through hands-on educational opportunities.
    • Where is the CATE Center?
      We are located throughout all secondary campuses within PISD, as well as the Bodwell CATE Center.
    • Where is your main office?
      We are in the same building as the Canup Early Childhood Center, with the main entrance on the west side of the stadium parking lot, on the home side. The address is 510 Bois D’Arc Ave.
    • How long has the CATE Center existed?
      We have been growing for more than 10 years.
    • What courses do you offer?
      On the CATE campus, we house the following programs: nursing and health science, cosmetology, HVAC and auto tech. At the vocational education building, we offer: welding, ag classes and construction. At the middle schools, we offer Business Information Management classes. Within the high school, we offer culinary arts, computer programming, A/V production, engineering and computer technology.
    • What certifications are available for CATE students?
      Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, ServSafe Manager Certification, AWS Sheet Metal Welding Certification, CPR Certification, CNA Certification, Cosmetology Operator’s License, ASE Certifications (Steering and Suspension, Brakes, AC and Heating, Engine Repair)
    • Do you offer any dual credit classes?
      Our CNA and HVAC programs work in partnership with Collin College.
    • What type of student organizations are offered?
      Our students compete in Skills USA competitions, NTXAD auto competition, FFA and FCCLA.
    • How can CATE students be involved in the community?
      We are always looking for community outreach opportunities and involvement. We work with Habitat for Humanity, the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Many of our programs work within the community to provide services while training students, from catering to haircuts to oil changes.