Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Virginia’s Workplace Readiness Skills: Framework for the Future
In collaboration with the Demographics Research Group of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, the research report Virginia's Workplace Readiness Skills: Framework for the Future-This is a PDF document. is being shared with school divisions. The purpose of this research was to evaluate Virginia's current 21 Workplace Readiness Skills and to make certain they are up-to-date and aligned with the needs of employers. For more than 30 years, in each decade since the 1980s, hundreds of employers throughout the Commonwealth have been interviewed or surveyed to determine the most essential workplace skills for entry-level workers.
Preparation for Teaching CareersVirginia’s Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow and Early Childhood, Education, and Services programs of study prepare high school students for teaching careers that serve individuals of all ages and across a range of content and specializations. Read more about Virginia’s Pathways to Teaching. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 259-17.
Nominations for 2017-2018 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review CommitteesSchool divisions may nominate a CTE teacher for each of the 34 committees. Approximately 12 applicants will be selected to serve on each committee. All nominees who wish to serve on a committee must complete the Web-based application using the CTE Application Processing System (CTEAPS). Schedule for the committees. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 124-17. handout-This is a PDF document. for a list of curriculum review committees.
Chesterfield Student Creates Award-Winning Video GameSam Raymond, a ninth grade student at James River High School, Chesterfield County Public Schools, is the national winner for “The Trappist Incident”, a video game he created as a result of a school assignment when he was in the eighth grade. Read the entire article-This is a Word document..
Three Virginia Students win $2,000 National ScholarshipsWorking in Support of Education (w!se) announced its first annual Financial Literacy Ambassador Awardees on July 28, 2017. The five nationwide award recipients are:
- Jacob Carrick of Phillipsburg High School in New Jersey
- Sara Hettinger of Centreville High School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
- Tyler Humphreys of Woodbridge High School, Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia
- Brianna Sandy of Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake Public Schools, Virginia
- Jonah Wolmark of Village School of Great Neck in New York
Awardees were selected by a panel of 10 judges. To be eligible, students needed a perfect 100% score on w!se’s national Financial Literacy Certification Test in the 2016-17 school year. Each applicant composed an essay which addressed the most important lessons learned from studying personal finance in high school and how those lessons will be applied to life. Each recipient received a $2,000 cash award. For more information-This is a PDF document.
Virginia Student is First EVER from United States to Win Microsoft World ChampionshipJohn Dumoulin, a 17-year-old varsity baseball player, Eagle Scout, and Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) member from Forest Park High School, Prince William County, Virginia, became the first American to ever take home the World Championship Excel trophy at the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship event hosted by Certiport and endorsed by Microsoft. John’s Career and Technical Education courses have included Computer Information Systems; Advanced Computer Information System; Design, Multimedia and Web Technologies; and Economics and Personal Finance. Through the Microsoft Image Academy provided by the Virginia Department of Education, John has amassed nine Board of Education approved credentials—eight in Microsoft Office Specialist certifications and one in W!SE financial literacy. Read the entire article-This is a Word document. (Word).
Virginia Student Named Best in the U.S. at Microsoft Excel
Student Bests 320,000 Competitors at 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida
The winners of the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship have been announced by Certiport, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets. John Dumoulin, a 17-year-old Forest Park High School (Prince William County Public Schools) student took top honors at the competition that included more than 320,000 total entrants and 124 finalists in Orlando, Florida. John won first place in the Microsoft Excel 2016 category, and in addition to a $3,000 cash prize, he and a chaperone won a trip to Anaheim, California for the MOS World Championship from July 30 – August 2, 2017.
Also announced as national winners in the Orlando competition were Makenna Pollard, Bridging Communities Technical Center, Third Place in MOS Word 2013 and Joseph Litz, Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach Public Schools, Third Place in MOS PowerPoint 2013. Read the entire article.
2017-18 Training Sessions for Administrators
For information about the 2017-18 and 2016-2017 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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