Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Career and Technical Education Alignment with National Certification Requirements – Effective for the 2015-2016 school year, General Assembly House Bill (HB) 1616 requires each sequence of courses constituting a career and technical education (CTE) program completion to be aligned with state or national program certification and accreditation standards, if such standards exit. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 182-15.
Requesting Original Teacher Lesson Plans for the R U Ready Series – Teachers may submit lesson plans in the areas of industry credentials, nontraditional careers, entrepreneurship and work-based learning to the CTE Resource Center by September 15, 2015. For more information and lesson plan submission form, see the CTE Director’s Memo 089-15.
Virginia Beach Student is National Champion – Michelle Wu, a student at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, was named best in the nation at Microsoft Word. As the Virginia champion, she competed June 18-20 against 85 other finalists for the honor of 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Champion in Microsoft Word 2013. Michelle will compete against students from more than 30 countries during the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in August.
Virginia’s Success in Personal Finance Instruction Recognized at New York Stock Exchange Program – Thirty-eight of the 100 Best w!se High Schools teaching Personal Finance are Virginia high schools, with nine of those Virginia schools being in the top 30. Watch the video about teaching the course and w!se industry credentialing testing. See the news release for Virginia high schools listed in the top 30 and additional schools listed in the top 100 in w!se testing.
Hampton Roads Transportation Career Expo – High school students can visit exhibitors, see interactive demonstrations, and network with future employers in the transportation industry at the career expo on October 21, 2015 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. For more information, see School Participant Registration.
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 2013-14 (PDF) – summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.|
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