January 6, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2016-2017 Career and Technical Education - Creating Excellence Awards Application

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 2016-2017.  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; 2017 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 are as follows:

March 10, 2017

Completion of local judging

March 17, 2017

Submission of local school division winners to VDOE

April 6, 2017

Completion of regional/state judging

May 1, 2017

Notification of regional award winners by VDOE

June 8, 2017

Recognition of regional and state winners for secondary and postsecondary at the awards luncheon in Richmond


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 G. Fuqua, Awards Coordinator, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, at CTE@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3119.



  1. Secondary Application Packet (PDF)