Career & Technical Education (CTE)
February is 2015 CTE Month
CTE programs provide career exploration and career skills development for secondary students as well as recognizes the CTE professionals, businesses and community partners. This year’s theme is “Recognizing Classroom Innovators!” More information on 2015 CTE Month including promotional resources. Also see the Governor’s Proclamation for CTE Month.
The deadline is March 20 for submission of local school divisions winners for the 2014-2015 Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Awards. The secondary and postsecondary awards recognize excellence in the following categories: CTE exemplary programs, advisory committees, and business and industry partnerships. For details, see Superintendent’s Memo 027-15.
New Computer Science Guidelines – January 2015, the Virginia Board of Education approved Guidelines for the Use of Computer Science Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements (PDF). For more information, see Superintendent's Memo 022-15.
Cooperative Education Training – A professional development workshop for teachers who are first-time and experienced cooperative education coordinators is scheduled for June 30-July 1, 2015, in Richmond. For details and pre-registration form, see Superintendent’s Memo 020-15. Also see Work-Based Learning.
New Teacher Institute – A professional development institute scheduled for July 13-17, 2015 in Roanoke will target career and technical education teachers who enter the classroom directly from positions in business and industry. This institute is designed to specifically help the new teacher transition from the workplace to the classroom. For details and pre-registration application, see Superintendent’s Memo 035-15.
2014-15 Training Sessions for Administrators – For information about the 2014-15 Video Training Sessions for Administrators, the video webinar series for Project Lead the Way and the training sessions for Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS) for the Commonwealth Assessment and Work-Based Learning (WBL), 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 2012-13 (PDF) – summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.|
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