COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
January 7, 2011
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Office of Career and Technical Education, is pleased to sponsor another series of teacher-training academies to prepare career and technical education teachers for selected industry certification examinations. Testing options for the specific industry certification will be available as a part of each academy.
These industry certifications have been approved by the Board of Education for the student-selected verified credit option. The career and technical education teacher and/or the career and technical education program must be certified by the organization issuing the industry certification or license before their students can be eligible for the student-selected verified credit.
Training will be offered as self-study modules using online courseware. These "virtual academies" offer any time/any day access and may be an attractive training option for teachers wanting to do self-study using the Internet. Currently, the virtual academies feature training for Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3 GS), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS 2003, 2007, or 2010), and the Adobe Associate Certification.
Industry certification training academies for January-March 2011 are listed on the attached registration form. Registration information should be returned no later than February 25, 2011. Enrollment confirmation and information about academy details will be sent directly to participants.
All training academies will be tuition free to career and technical education teachers who include preparation for the specific industry certification in their course or course sequence, and who use the industry certification as an option for their students to earn student-selected verified credit.
Teachers enrolling in virtual online academies must participate in preparation and examination testing between the dates indicated for the specific academy session.
Attachment A contains the registration form. For further information about industry certification training academies, contact the coordinator listed on the registration form for specific training academies, or a career and technical education program specialist. For information about a specific industry certification, contact Gordon Creasy, specialist for industry certification and licensure, Office of Career and Technical Education, via telephone at (804) 225-2057 or via e-mail at Gordon.Creasy@doe.virginia.gov.