Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Standards and Construction Train-the-Trainer Courses – For those trade and industrial instructors and other related CTE educators who require initial OSHA certification or recertification, both courses will be offered in Roanoke in conjunction with the Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Educators Summer Conference, July 25-28, 2015. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 122-15.
Emergency Medical Communications Course – A three-day course for secondary education instructors in emergency medical services, health, and medical sciences, public safety, and criminal justice will be offered July 13-15, 2015 at the Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center. It will provide the necessary credentials to teach the new Emergency Medical Telecommunications course beginning in 2015-2016. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 121-15.
Seeking CTE Program Completers – The office of Career and Technical Education (CTE), in partnership with Virginia Business Publications, LLC, is seeking CTE program completers to showcase in the 2016 edition of the R U “College and Career” Ready? Magazine. For details, see Career and Technical Education Memo 088-15 and the R U Ready spotlight referral form (Word). Nominations are due by May 15, 2015.
At the official Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Virginia Championship competition, six state champions, one per exam track, will be chosen to represent Virginia at the MOS U. S. National Championship competition in Orlando, Florida, June 18-20, 2015. The qualification deadline for the state competition has been extended to May 20, 2015. That’s two and a half additional weeks for students to test and submit their best scores. For details, see Superintendent’s Memo 068-15.
New Computer Science Guidelines – January 2015, the Virginia Board of Education approved Guidelines for the Use of Computer Science Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements (PDF). For more information, see Superintendent's Memo 022-15.
Nominations for 2015-2016 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review Committees – School divisions may nominate a CTE teacher for each of the 2015-2016 curriculum review committees. Approximately 12 applicants will be selected to serve on each of the 39 committees. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 127-15.
Cooperative Education Training – A professional development workshop for teachers who are first-time and experienced cooperative education coordinators is scheduled for June 30-July 1, 2015, in Richmond. For details and pre-registration form, see Superintendent’s Memo 020-15. Also see Work-Based Learning.
New Teacher Institute – A professional development institute scheduled for July 13-17, 2015 in Roanoke will target career and technical education teachers who enter the classroom directly from positions in business and industry. This institute is designed to specifically help the new teacher transition from the workplace to the classroom. For details and pre-registration application, see Superintendent’s Memo 035-15.
2015-16 Training Sessions for Administrators – For information about the 2015-16 Video Training Sessions for Administrators, visit the Professional Development Page. You can also find the link in the menu to the right under Administrative Support.
Career and technical education programs in Virginia public schools serve more than 550,000 students in grades 6-12. These programs are designed to prepare young people for productive futures while meeting the commonwealth's need for well-trained and industry-certified technical workers.
Virginia acknowledges the importance of career and technical education to students and the commonwealth through diploma seals awarded by the Board of Education, by recognizing industry credentialing in its diploma requirements, and through the use of Career Pathways as an integral part of the newly required Academic and Career Plan.
Career Clusters Sample Plans of Study – a resource to assist CTE administrators and school counselors in developing student academic and career plans of study for successful transitions between secondary and postsecondary education for each pathway within a career cluster. The sample plans of study template meets all the state and federal requirements.
CTE Performance Trends
Career and Technical Education (CTE) actively partners with business and industry to design and provide high quality, dynamic programs to meet current, emerging and projected labor market needs. Virginia’s 16 career clusters help students investigate careers and design a rigorous and relevant plan of study to advance their career goals. Each career cluster contains multiple pathways that represent a common set of academic, technical and employability skills. Career pathways lead to credentials that qualify students for a range of career opportunities from entry to professional level.
|Virginia’s Credentialing Initiative (PDF) – provides a snapshot of the number of industry credentials earned by students in career and technical education over the past several years.||Virginia’s Credentialing Performance Trends (PDF) – connects the value of earning industry credentials and degrees with fulfilling employer needs in high-wage high-skill, and high-demand jobs.||Virginia Career and Technical Education: Program Highlights 2012-13 (PDF) – summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.|
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