Career & Technical Education (CTE)
February is 2016 CTE Month – CTE Month is the perfect time to celebrate and highlight the positive opportunities that Career and Technical Education (CTE) has for career exploration and skills development, as well as recognize the CTE professionals, businesses and community partners making a difference in the lives of students. CTE programs are preparing students to be college and career ready by providing academic, employability and technical job-specific skills. See the proclamation (PDF) and learn more about CTE Month (PDF) and this year’s “Opportunities for Career Success” theme.
Spotlight Referral Request for the R U “College and Career” Ready? Magazine – In partnership with Virginia Business Publication, LLC, the Office of Career and Technical Education is seeking CTE program completers to showcase in the 2017 edition of the R U “College & Career” Ready? Magazine. Completed referrals are due by April 11, 2016 using the CTE Spotlight Referral Questionnaire. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 007-16.
Revised Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing – The Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) released revised Commonwealth of Virginia Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing), 18VAC 90-20-10 et seq., Statutory Authority: §§54.1-2400 and Chapter 30 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia on December 2, 2015. The changes will impact all Virginia Department of Education approved practical nursing programs. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 308-15.
Special Grants for Survey Fee Required for Practical Nursing Programs – Special grants will be offered to school divisions with practical nursing programs that are scheduled for survey visits by the Virginia Board of Nursing during 2016-2017. This grant is being provided with Perkins funds to school divisions on a reimbursement basis and will cover the $2,200 survey fee. The survey fee does not apply to high school nurse aide or other health and medical science programs. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 303-15.
Virginia Board of Nursing Criminal Background Check Requirements – As enacted by the 2015 Virginia Assembly, effective January 1, 2016, the Virginia Board of Nursing shall require each applicant for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to submit a complete fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC) to be processed at both the state and federal levels. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 242-15. For additional follow-up, see Career and Technical Education Memo 094-15 (PDF).
Revised Regulations for Nurse Aide Programs, Effective 2015-2016 School Year – The Virginia Board of Nursing recently released revised guidance documents for the Nurse Aide education programs in accordance with the Administrative Code 18 VAC90-26-30.(B)(D) and 18 VAC90-26-30.(C)(D), Requirements for Instructional Personnel. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 221-15.
Application for New Career and Technical Education Program and/or Course – Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, school divisions must use the revised application when requesting approval to offer new career and technical education (CTE) programs and/or courses. For the application and instructions for completion, see Superintendent’s Memo 212-15.
2016 Children’s Engineering Convention – The convention will be held at the Hotel Roanoke February 11-12, 2016 for grades K-5 teachers and administrators. The special interest sessions will highlight best practices and classroom strategies that support instruction in grades K-5 hands-on design, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. For more information and registration, see Superintendents Memo 225-15.
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 2013-14 (PDF) – summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.|
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