School Mission and Vision
Who chooses to attend Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center?
Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center is a high school in Irving ISD. It is a school of choice with an application process to attend. Approximately 400 students are accepted to attend Cardwell each year. The campus is small, with only 3 hallways, and has a hometown feel. While we do not have UIL Fine Arts or Athletics, we do provide clubs and organizations to build community and bonds with like-minded individuals.
Our motto is to build hope, celebrate success and produce life-long learners.
We will meet every student where they are and build individualized plans for future success.
Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center, along with our community, will encourage high levels of learning for all students through positive relationships and rigorous instruction.
History of Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center
The Irving ISD Board of Trustees renamed Union Bower Center (UBCL) as the Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center (BCCPC) in honor of former IISD Trustee, the late Barbara Cardwell. The school opened under the new name in 2010. The decision came as a result of surveys and information gathering on the part of trustees and IISD administrators. With a new focus on career preparation, renaming the school became an appropriate step. Students and staff were interviewed along with members of the Cardwell family.
History of the James A. Ratteree Center
James A. Ratteree Career Development Center was dedicated in honor of Mr. James A. Ratteree in 2001. The program is connected with CTE at Barbara Cardwell. Textbooks and Learning Resources are also located at the Ratteree.