Keller — Keller district officials plan to expand the career and technical education program to help students discover their passions and start on the path to their future vocations.About 6,000 Keller district high school students are enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) classes, according to a report given at the March 7 board meeting.“The CTE program is designed to help students set goals for the future,” said Lisa Ham, director of career technical education. “It might be a career path right out of high school or it could be after college.”Out of 16 possible career clusters offered in CTE programs across the nation, 13 are available in KISD high schools or through an affiliate partnership with the Birdville school district.Ham said that about 50 KISD students go to the Birdville Center for Technology and Advanced Learning for classes in automotive technology, construction and cosmetology.The three national programs that are not available to Keller students are government and public administration, information technology and manufacturing.Ham said that information technology is an area with a lot of potential future growth and a lot of student interest but is not yet offered in Keller schools.The most popular career clusters in Keller schools are STEM (science-technology-engineering-math), arts/audio-visual technology/communications, and health sciences.Five-year projections from Interlink, a regional non-profit organization that surveys employers, show that the most future career growth is expected in education & training, health sciences and hospitality/tourism. District figures show that enrollment exceeds demand in arts/communications. Funding for CTE classes comes from state and federal sources. According to state guidelines, school districts receive more money for every student enrolled in those programs because they tend to have additional costs. Ham said that Keller received an additional $8 million from the state last year for CTE students.While most classes are offered at all four high schools, a few are not. Timber Creek High School has the only agriculture/food & natural resources program, Fossil Ridge the only law/public safety/corrections/security classes, and Central and Keller have the only marketing/sales & service courses.In the past, students could travel to another campus to take the courses, but the current schedule of 48-minute class periods does not allow for travel time.