Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Virginia Student is First EVER from United States to Win Microsoft World Championship
John 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.
Virginia outranks other states nationwide in 'NSA Day of Cyber' participation
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the winners of Virginia's "NSA Day of Cyber" School Challenge. The Governor launched the challenge in October of 2016 and it concluded in March of this year. The Commonwealth leads the nation in the total number of students who participated, and out of the five winning schools, three hold top spots nationally. Since last October, over 110 schools and nearly 7,000 students have gained first-hand experience in cyber careers and explored the skills and tools used by NSA cyber professionals.
2017 U. S. Presidential Scholars Announced
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last week announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. Virginia has three students selected for the 2017 class, including Logan Apple, a Career and Technical Education nominee from Frederick County Public Schools.
The 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education. A complete list of 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars includes the following Virginia students:
- Logan Apple, Millbrook High School, Frederick County Public Schools, whose accomplishments included developing an app for translating American Sign Language into English.
- Violet C. Felt, Vienna – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
- Prathik Naidu, Potomac Falls – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Nominations for 2017-2018 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review Committees
School 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.
Barbering, Cosmetology, and Nail Technician Program Requirements
The Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology establishes the minimum standards for training and examination requirements to ensure licensees are able to practice without causing harm to the public. To this end, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in collaboration with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) is providing guidelines for requirements of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Nail Technician programs for (1) public high schools; (2) public adult occupational preparation; and (3) private licensed schools. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 072-17.
CTE Credential Requirement for the Standard Diploma becomes effective with the graduation class of 2017
Barbering and Cosmetology Examination Eligibility Changes
Effective school year 2016-2017, barbering and cosmetology programs must satisfy the three-year 840-hour requirement for Barbering I, II, III, and Cosmetology I, II, III. High school student shall be eligible to take the board-approved examination upon completion of the three-year program. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 075-16.
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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