Nominations for 2017-2018 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review Committees
School divisions may nominate a CTE teacher for each of the 34 committees. Approximately 12 applicants will be selected to serve on each committee. All nominees who wish to serve on a committee must complete the Web-based application using the CTE Application Processing System (CTEAPS). Schedule for the committees. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 124-17.
Nominations for Career Success Stars in Career and Technical Education
A new initiative called “Career Success Stars” will begin in 2018. It will replace the long running R U “College & Career” Ready Magazine, a VDOE production that has come to an end with its final publication of the 2017 Edition. The new initiative will feature video profiles of the Commonwealth’s brightest Career Success Stars, former students who are now in their 20s and 30s. The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education is seeking CTE program completers to showcase for each of the 16 career clusters, an entrepreneur, active military personnel, and an apprentice or intern. For more information see, Superintendent’s Memo 053-17. Nominations form.
Cybersecurity Instructional Workshop
In collaboration with the Cybersecurity Innovation Center (CIC), a cybersecurity instructional workshop in conjunction with the Career and Technical (CTE) professional association summer conference will be held at Northampton High School on July 17, 2017. The workshop will focus on implementation of the Cybersecurity Fundamentals course and will provide instructional methodology and resources. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 093-17.
Save the Date: June 27-28, 2017, “Experience Works – A Convening of Business Leaders and Educators”
The Experience Works professional development opportunity will be held June 27-28, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, in Richmond, Virginia 23235. The targeted audience includes Work-Based Learning (WBL) instructors and coordinators, CTE administrators, school counselors, and career coaches.
Experience Works will bring together business, industry and educators to strengthen and build positive WBL experiences for CTE students throughout the Commonwealth. For more information about the WBL methods of instruction, please visit the Virginia Department of Education Work-Based Learning webpage. Online pre-registration is required and must be completed by May 19, 2017. Hotel reservations can be made online. For more information, refer to Superintendent’s Memo 112-17, Save the Date Flyer-This is a PDF document. (PDF), and Industry Tour Descriptions-This is a Word document. (Word).
Agricultural Education Programs of Study
Agricultural Education includes programs of study designed to prepare students for occupations in horticulture, agricultural business, natural resources management, agricultural machinery and production agriculture.
Agricultural Education stresses the development of skills in all aspects of agricultural businesses and industries, including planning, management, safety, finances and leadership.
NEW: A Strategic Review of Agriculture Education: Preparing Students for Successful Transition to College and Careers (PDF). This report represents a culmination of state and national research and extensive input from stakeholders representing business and industry, secondary and postsecondary education, parents, students, professional organizations, and policy makers. It provides recommendations for preparing students for success in the many agriculture-related careers that exist now and in the future which are critical to the economic vitality of the commonwealth.
Instructional ResourcesThe following courses were revised for implementation during the 2016-2017 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- Food Science and Dietetics (New Course)
- Introduction to Plant Systems (8007)
- Agricultural Structural Systems (8017)
- Agricultural Fabrication and Emerging Technologies (8019)
- Agricultural Business Fundamentals (8022)
- Agricultural Business Operations (8024)
- Agricultural Business Management (8026)
- Introduction to Natural Resources and Ecology Systems (8040)
- Urban Forestry – NEW COURSE NAME: Community Forestry and Tree Management (8048)
- Agricultural Education Course Listing (PDF)
- Essential Competency List for Agricultural Education – Virginia's CTE Resource Center
- Administrative Planning Guide for Agricultural Education
These courses are part of the Environmental Service Systems and Plant Systems Pathways in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster.
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
Virginia FFA Organization
Makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education that reflects a diversity of careers in food, fiber, and natural resources industries. For more information, visit the CTSO web page.
WBL is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of on-the-job experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries or other organizations in the community. For more information on WBL methods of instruction, visit Work-Based Learning.
Federal and State Labor Laws for Youth Work-Based Learning – Know the Rules-This is a PDF document. (PDF) is a resource that compares federal and state labor laws for nonagricultural and agricultural occupations, parental exemption, and prohibited and hazardous occupations as they relate to youth work-based learning.
- 2015-2016 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program Resources
- Licensure Endorsement Requirements for Agricultural Education
- Career Planning Guide
- Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Extension Education
- Virginia State University Department of Agriculture
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)
Virginia CTE Agricultural Education ListservIf you are not on the Virginia CTE Agricultural Education Listserv, contact LaVeta Nutter to be added.