Career & Technical Education (CTE)
News & Announcements
Working in Support of Education (W!se) Announces the W!se Blue Star Schools for the 2017-2018 School Year
Congratulations to the 258 schools nationwide who were announced in September 2018 as earning the designation of W!se Blue Star Schools for the 2017-2018 school year. To be designated a Blue Star School, a school must have achieved an 80% or above passing rate on the W!se Financial Literacy Test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the test OR achieve a minimum average score of 85%. Of the 258 schools listed-This is a PDF document., 166 or 64% of them were Virginia schools. Congratulations to this year’s Blue Star Schools for an outstanding achievement and sincere thanks for the tremendous hard work in helping to improve the financial literacy of our nation’s young people.
Virginia Schools Once Again Dominate the National List of Working in Support of Education (W!SE) 100 Best High Schools
First published in 2013, the 100 Best W!se High Schools national ranking recognizes the top 100 performing high schools in W!se’s national network of 48 states and showcases excellence in financial education. For 2017, 45 of the top 100 schools were Virginia schools with 11 ranked in the top 30. A complete listing of the 100 Best W!se High Schools is available.
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.
2018-19 Training Sessions for Administrators
For information about the 2018-19 Video Training Sessions for Administrators, visit the Professional Development. You can also find the link in the menu to the right under Program Administration & Management.
Career and technical education (CTE) programs in Virginia public schools serve more than 640,000 students in one or more CTE courses 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.
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
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.
For assistance with the CTE Performance Trends files, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curriculum Revisions for Military Science
The following courses were revised for implementation during the 2018-2019 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- AF 7913: Air Force JROTC I
- AF 7916: Air Force JROTC II
- AF 7918: Air Force JROTC III
- AF 7919: Air Force JROTC IV
- AR7913: Army JROTC I
- AR7916: Army JROTC II
- AR7918: Army JROTC III
- AR7919: Army JROTC IV
- MC7913: Marine Corps JROTC I
- MC7916: Marine Corps JROTC II
- MC7918: Marine Corps JROTC III
- MC7919: Marine Corps JROTC IV
- NA7913: Navy JROTC I
- NA7916: Navy JROTC II
- NA7918: Navy JROTC III
- NA7919: Navy JROTC IV
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