Career & Technical Education (CTE)
News & Announcements
National Celebration of Career & Technical Education in February
Governor Ralph S. Northam has designated February 2018, as Career and Technical Education Month ® in the Commonwealth. Across the nation, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is celebrated in February to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs. Its theme for 2018, “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!,” provides Virginia schools an opportunity to showcase success stories of excellence and communicate the crucial role that CTE plays in preparing a highly skilled workforce for Virginia’s economy. For more information on CTE Month, visit the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) website.
2017-2018 Career & Technical Education – Creating Excellence Awards Application
The secondary and postsecondary awards recognize excellence in the following categories: 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. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #013-18.
Virginia’s Workplace Readiness Skills: Framework for the Future
In collaboration with the Demographics Research Group of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, the research report Virginia's Workplace Readiness Skills: Framework for the Future-This is a PDF document. is being shared with school divisions. The purpose of this research was to evaluate Virginia's current 21 Workplace Readiness Skills and to make certain they are up-to-date and aligned with the needs of employers. For more than 30 years, in each decade since the 1980s, hundreds of employers throughout the Commonwealth have been interviewed or surveyed to determine the most essential workplace skills for entry-level workers.
2017-18 Training Sessions for Administrators
For information about the 2017-18 and 2016-2017 Video Training Sessions for Administrators, visit the Professional Development. You can also find the link in the menu to the right under Administrative Support.
Career and technical education programs in Virginia public schools serve more than 550,000 students in grades 6-12. These programs are designed to prepare young people for productive futures while meeting the commonwealth's need for well-trained and industry-certified technical workers.
Virginia acknowledges the importance of career and technical education to students and the commonwealth through diploma seals awarded by the Board of Education, by recognizing industry credentialing in its diploma requirements, and through the use of Career Pathways as an integral part of the newly required Academic and Career Plan.
Career Clusters Sample Plans of Study – a resource to assist CTE administrators and school counselors in developing student academic and career plans of study for successful transitions between secondary and postsecondary education for each pathway within a career cluster. The sample plans of study template meets all the state and federal requirements.
CTE Performance Trends
Career and Technical Education (CTE) actively partners with business and industry to design and provide high quality, dynamic programs to meet current, emerging and projected labor market needs. Virginia’s 16 career clusters help students investigate careers and design a rigorous and relevant plan of study to advance their career goals. Each career cluster contains multiple pathways that represent a common set of academic, technical and employability skills. Career pathways lead to credentials that qualify students for a range of career opportunities from entry to professional level.
|Virginia’s Credentialing Initiative (PDF) – provides a snapshot of the number of industry credentials earned by students in career and technical education over the past several years.||Virginia’s Credentialing Performance Trends (PDF) – connects the value of earning industry credentials and degrees with fulfilling employer needs in high-wage high-skill, and high-demand jobs.||Virginia Career and Technical Education: Program Highlights 2013-14 (PDF) – summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.|
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