• Academies
  • Teacher Academy
    HCISD’s Teacher Academy will provide students with experiences and skills necessary to be college, career, and workforce ready. Through the four-year academy, students will receive two certifications, and experiences to ensure success in their future endeavors. The experience will create a culture of committed professionals and prepare educators for highly effective classrooms.

    Certifications: CPR Certification, Educational Aide Certification

     Transportation, Distribution and Logistics


    HCISD offers five certification opportunities for students seeking careers within automotive services industry. These certifications can lead to professions as Service Technicians and Collision-Repair Specialists as well as the opportunity to earn credit towards an Auto Collision Generalist Specialist Certificate 1 and 2 or even an associate’s degree in Auto Collision Technology at Texas State Technical College. Furthermore, students will benefit from continued certification and endorsement by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) as well as local job internships.

    Certifications: ASE Automobile Service Technology, ASE Engine Repair, iCAR Estimator, iCAR Non-Structural Technician, iCAR Refinishing Technician

    Whether students are meeting with clients, working on the sidelines of an event, or designing materials for publication, students in the Media Arts and Communications Academy are exposed to situations and experiences that help shape their passion for potential careers in the industry. MACA captures interests and awakens creativity as students gain in depth knowledge in the field of visual communications through real-world experiences.

    Certifications: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Premiere CS, Television Operator, Radio Operator

    Health Science   


    HCISD is empowering students to make a difference in the future of healthcare. By offering career and post-secondary educational learning opportunities, our district’s students are gaining a head start in the medical field. In addition to the medical pathways of Harlingen School of Health Professions, HCISD is offering six health science certification options to students district-wide.

    Certifications: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Certification

     Firefighters Academy  

    Providing students the opportunity to receive a head start in a career in law enforcement, HCISD has launched the Firefighters Academy. Beginning in ninth grade, students will take Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security. After taking Law Enforcement 1 their sophomore year, students interested in becoming a fire fighter will apply to the academy. Working side by side with the Harlingen Fire Department, students earn 468 hours of credit towards two certifications while gaining hands on experience in the field.

    Certifications: Basic Structure Fire Suppression, First Responder

     Apprenticeship Academy  
    HCISD has launched an academy for Architecture, Construction, Masonry, Plumbing, Electrical & Welding. With several certification opportunities, students choose their path of interest after taking Principles of Construction, Principles of Architecture or Introduction to Welding their sophomore year. While in the process of earning certifications, senior level students will be offered opportunities to intern with local businesses, enhancing their skills to become work-force ready.


    Academy Certification: NCCER Core/OSHA-10
    Masonry Certifications: NCCER Masonry/OSHA-10

    Construction Certifications: NCCER Carpentry

    General Facility Maintenance Certifications: NCCER Electrical, NCCER Plumbing, NCCER Electrical

    Welding Certifications: HCCER Welding

    Architectural Certifications: NCCER Core