The Guthrie Experience: Architectural Design

“We work on a multitude of projects and we get a lot of hands-on experience in my class.”Catherine Harrison, Architectural Design

Did you know that high school students who take two or more Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are more focused, perform better in school, and graduate at higher rates?

As a matter of fact, CTE prepares students to be college and career ready by providing a variety of courses that focus on core academic skills, employability skills, and hands-on technical job training.

At The Guthrie Center, a high-tech Career and Technical Education school in Spring Branch ISD, CTE students do just that. They gain experience in a multitude of hands-on courses that provide skills and training in a number of demanding and high-tech career fields.

Students get to experience what it would be like to work in a specific career while they are in high school.

Meet Catherine Harrison, a 3rd year Architecture student from Memorial High School. Catherine knew at a young age that she wanted to become an architect but didn’t really know what that career field entailed.

“I was always drawing and designing things growing up and my parents always told me that I would probably become an architect some day but I didn’t even know what that was!”

Now after 3 years at Guthrie, Catherine is certified in both Revit and AutoCAD. These industry-standard computer programs allow her to create real-world architectural projects including floor plans, elevations, site plans, residential houses, office buildings, 3D views and more.

“We work on a multitude of projects and we get a lot of hands-on experience in my class.”

Catherine built a portfolio that got her accepted to all of the colleges she applied to and plans to attend The University of Houston School of Architecture next fall.

CTE students not only earn industry certifications that set them apart from their counterparts, they build portfolios, gain experience and get to experience first-hand what working in the industry is like.

Story by Patty Nilsson.