COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 208

October 14, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Path to Industry Certification

 

 

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System look forward to working with each of Virginias public schools and community colleges in launching the statewide Path to Industry Certification program. Path to Industry Certification targets juniors and seniors who have no postsecondary plans and have not already earned an industry certification or state license. Participating students must work toward a high school diploma while pursuing technical training for a selected industry certification or state license. This technical preparation may continue after high school graduation through community college technical training that will lead to a student-selected industry certification. Subject to the availability of funds, the students tuition, applicable community college fees, textbook costs, and certification exam fees will be paid by this program.

 

Participating students and their parents sign a Path to Industry Certification compact agreeing that the student will earn a standard or advanced studies diploma and complete high school and/or community college technical training to acquire the appropriate skills and certification needed to enter a higher-wage career. Additional information on Path to Industry Certification can be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/CTE/certification/.

 

Path to Industry Certification was piloted in 2003-04 in four community college regions and was expanded to eleven community college regions during the 2004-05 school year.

Every school division may now participate by promoting the program and identifying students who could benefit from this opportunity. In order to participate and receive additional information, please designate a program coordinator (preferably the school division guidance director or CTE director) and agree to provide appropriate staff to support this initiative by completing and faxing the attached participation agreement by October 31, 2005. Because of retirements and personnel changes, please submit a participation agreement with a coordinators name even if your school division participated in the pilot for 2005 high school graduates. Regional meetings will be scheduled once school division coordinators have been identified.

 

If you have questions, contact Connie Williams, the CTE project coordinator, at (804) 371-0196 or Connie.Williams@doe.virginia.gov.

 

JLD/CEW

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf208a.doc