Cumberland CTE Educator Earns EPA Award – Angela Whittaker, technology education teacher, Cumberland County Public Schools was one of 17 national winners of the 2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Ms. Whittaker developed the Education for Sustainability (EFS) Program, which consists of curricula, strategic partnerships with businesses, and community and education resources, all driven by student inspired and built projects. The curricula include two CTE courses, Renewable Energy and Sustainability and Renewable Technologies, which are available to any public school in Virginia.
The technology education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to technology and begin learning to use it in the classroom. At the middle school level, students considering a career in technology may explore the subject in several overview courses. At the high school level, students take courses to prepare them for technical or professional programs of higher education, such as technical programs, STEM careers, engineering or architecture.
Consistent with their abilities, interests, and educational needs, students completing a technology education program will achieve the following goals:
- Comprehend the dynamics of technology, including its development, impact, and potential.
- Employ the technological processes of problem-solving, creating and designing.
- Analyze the behavior of technological systems and subsystems, including the tools, materials, processes, energy, time, information, and people involved in systems.
- Apply scientific principles, engineering concepts, and technological systems in the processes of technology.
- Discover and develop personal interests and abilities related to a wide variety of technology-oriented careers.
WBL is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of on-the-job experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries or other organizations in the community. For more information on WBL methods of instruction, visit Work-Based Learning.
- 2014-2015 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (PDF) – for Technology Education licensure endorsement requirements, see 8VAC20-22-230 on page 39
- Essential Competency List for Technology Education Service (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Leadership and Professional Development Regions (PDF)
- Equipment Resource Guide – see Equipment for CTE Programs
- Virginia Technology Student Association
- Project Lead the Way
- Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
- Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC)
- Technology Education Higher Education Programs – There are three universities in Virginia that provide higher education academic support for technology education. These universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, and statewide professional workshops/courses.