Career Connections is the area designed to help students prepare for careers and continuing education in a challenging and rapidly changing workplace. This service area provides connecting links for students in pursuit of career development and related career information resources. Connecting links include pathways, program models, or processes that lead to, or point the way to, career goals. The total concept of Career Connections includes the components of career information resources, career development, and career connecting links.
The following courses were revised for implementation during the 2022-2023 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available from the Virginia CTE Resource Center website.
- Career Investigations (19258/9068, 9069, 9070)
- Career Strategies (22250/9071, 9074)
- Education for Employment – Exploratory Development (22901/9030, 9031, 9032, 9082, 9083)
- Education for Employment – Exploratory Preparation (22900/ 9020, 9021, 9022, 9075, 9076)
- Education for Employment I – Development (22901/9084, 9085)
- Education for Employment II – Development (22903/9086, 9087)
- Education for Employment I – Preparation (22153/9077, 9078)
- Education for Employment II – Preparation (22902/9079, 9080)
- Introduction to Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow (19199/9061, 9060)
- Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow I (19151/9062)
- Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow II (19151/9072)
Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE
The Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE-This is a Word document. is a collection of best practice resources used to assist school divisions in the development of a local safety school safety plan.
- Career Connections Course Listing-This is a Word document.
- Essential Competency List for Career Connections – Virginia's CTE Resource Center
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
CTSOs enhance Career and Technical Education in Virginia through the co-curricular network of programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state, and national levels. Virginia students enrolled in career and technical education courses are members of the local CTSO aligned with their courses and area of interest and are provided with opportunities to apply academic, technical, and employability knowledge and skills necessary in today’s workforce. For more information, visit the CTSO website.
High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL)
Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide-This is a Word document.is based on the redesigned methods of instruction effective August 4, 2022. This implementation guide focuses on the 12 types of HQWBL methods of instruction used in Virginia; job shadowing, service learning, mentorship, externship, school-based enterprise, internship, entrepreneurship, clinical experience, cooperative education, youth registered apprenticeship, registered apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience, along with opportunities for students to earn one credit toward graduation in addition to any credit earned through the associated CTE course in cooperative education, internship, entrepreneurship, youth registered apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience for completing 280 hours of work experience and one-half credit for 140 hours of work experience in mentorship. It includes Virginia regulations and guidelines for the administration of HQWBL and provides resources for Work-Based Learning coordinators. School divisions should use this guide to implement HQWBL offerings locally.
Per Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:4, students are required to
- complete an Advanced Placement, honors, International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment course; or
- complete a high-quality work-based learning experience, as defined by the Board; or *
- earn a career and technical education credential that has been approved by the Board.
*Excluding: Job Shadowing and Mentorship of less than 140 hours.
College, Career and Civic Readiness Indicator (CCCRI)
The College, Career and Civic Readiness Indicator is scheduled to be part of accreditation ratings starting in the 2023-2024 accreditation year, based on data from the 2022-2023 school year. School accreditation will be measured on graduating seniors having completed at least ONE of the following during high school:
- Receive credit for advanced coursework (AP/IB/DE); or
- Be a CTE completer and earn a CTE credential; or
- Complete a Work-Based Learning experience:* or
- Complete at least 3 state-approved Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) courses.
For more information related to the implementation of the CCCRI:
Frequently Asked Questions-This is a Word document. – January 13, 2021
Superintendent’s Memo #236-21-This is a PDF document. – August 20, 2021
*Excluding: Job Shadowing and Mentorship of less than 140 hours
- Virginia Career VIEW – Vital Information for Education and Work
- Virginia Education Wizard
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)