Vortex Simulators Help Houston High School Prepare Students for Construction Careers

Association for Career & Technical Education

Operating in the Aldine Independent School District (ISD) in Houston, Texas, the Dr. Archie L. Blanson Career and Technical Education High School is a modern, state-of-the-art facility offering 17 different career and technical education programs teaching skills needed in Houston and across Texas.

“The programs at Blanson CTE High School evolved from industry research,” said Principal Ben Ibarra. “The goal of our school is to train future workers who will close the skills gap in industry.”


CM Labs and their Vortex simulators came recommended by one of the school’s industry partners as a way to enhance student engagement in equipment operation.

In short order, the Aldine ISD acquired and installed Vortex simulators equipped with excavator training software at a learning lab in the high school.

“The realism of the Vortex simulators was an important element for us,” said Harper. “They are really one of the school’s showcase teaching tools.”

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