Superintendent’s Memo #020-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 20, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2011-2012 Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Awards

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is pleased to announce the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Creating Excellence Awards for 2011-2012.  The secondary and postsecondary awards recognize excellence in the following categories:  CTE exemplary programs, advisory committees, and business and industry partnerships.  There are three levels of recognition:  local, regional, and state.  The secondary and postsecondary awards ceremony will be conducted jointly for the regional and state winners.

Attachment A contains the following:  Fact Sheet; 2012 Local Certificate of Recognition; CTE Secondary Program Award Application; Secondary Advisory Committee Award Application; and the Secondary Business and Industry Partnership Award Application.  The application and selection timeline is as follows:

March 16, 2012

Completion of local judging

March 30, 2012

Submission of local school division winners to VDOE

April 12, 2012

Completion of regional/state judging

May 1, 2012

Notification of regional award winners by VDOE

June 14, 2012

Recognition of regional and state winners for secondary and postsecondary at the awards luncheon at the Doubletree Richmond Airport Hotel

School divisions are encouraged to showcase their “excellence in CTE.”  Thank you for your continuing support of career and technical education.

If you have questions, please contact Helen Fuqua, Awards Coordinator, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, at or by telephone at (804) 225-2826.



  1. Secondary Application Packet (PDF)