P.O. BOX 2120



February 29, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Governor's Career and Technical Academies


On November 29, 2007, the Virginia Board of Education approved the criteria to establish Governor's Career and Technical Academies. These academies may be proposed only by partnerships that include business and industry, public school divisions, and higher education institutions. They may also include local government, including workforce and economic development entities.


Governor's Career and Technical Academies have as their goals:

  1. To maximize opportunities in preparing students for targeted careers, by breaking down barriers between traditional core academics and career and technical education (CTE); between high school and postsecondary education and training; and between education and the workplace;
  2. To raise student aspirations and attract more students to postsecondary education in preparation for technical careers; and
  3. To provide well-trained workers to support the recruitment of new businesses and industries to the Commonwealth and to meet the workforce needs of existing business and industry.


The Department of Education has created a website with information related to the Governor's Career and Technical Academies: Included on the website are a guidance document on how to establish a Governor's Career and Technical Academy, information about the Governor's Career and Technical Education Exemplary Standards Award Program, and other resources of interest. The Board of Education's criteria to establish a Governor's Career and Technical Academy are included in the guidance document.


All Governor's Career and Technical Academies must be approved by the Board of Education. Prior to approval by the Board, academy proposals must undergo an extensive review by both the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Partnerships interested in proposing an academy to the Board of Education are encouraged to review the guidance document and consult with the Department of Education on a reasonable schedule for proposal submission in order to meet their own time lines. Partnerships are encouraged to submit an intent form which is available at


For additional information about Governor's Career and Technical Academies, contact Dr. Lois Williams, STEM coordinator, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 786-8078.