We help students prepare for life after high school.

CareerCraft connects schools with companies who want to help students discover and build their professional interests, passions, and strengths. By providing opportunities for students to explore career options, more students will leave high school equipped to determine what’s next for them: a industry-recognized certification, a postsecondary degree, or a job.

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  • Lauren Dwiggins

    Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer

    Lauren previously worked at the Texas Education Agency on a variety of initiatives, including the expansion of advanced academic opportunities in rural school districts and a statewide project to help school districts identify next steps for low-performing campuses. Prior to her time at TEA, she worked as an Educational Consultant for Vanderbilt University, where she helped schools understand data and identify targeted supports for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in education policy from Vanderbilt University.

  • Shane Thomas

    Co-founder, Chief Program Officer

    Shane is the former Work-Based Learning Program Specialist at the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In this role he was responsible for creating a statewide framework for work-based learning designed to define the key elements of high-quality work-based learning experiences. Prior to joining TEA, Shane served as Career Education and Workforce Partnerships Coordinator with Dallas Independent School District where he was charged with aligning Career and Technical Education (CTE) programmatic offerings to support local labor market needs while also meeting graduation and endorsement requirements. Shane also served as DECA’s Director of Competitive Events where he was responsible for the implementation of the organization’s national Competitive Events Program. Shane began his career as a Marketing Teacher and Cooperative Education Coordinator with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Shane has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Education from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Business and Marketing Education from Ball State University.