Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Revised Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide (PDF) – The Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide is based on the redesigned work-based learning methods (WBL) of instruction. This implementation guide focuses on all seven types of work-based learning (WBL) methods of instruction used in Virginia; job shadowing, mentorship, service learning, internship, clinical experience, student apprenticeship, and cooperative education. It includes Virginia regulations and guidelines for the administration of WBL and provides training materials for teacher-coordinators. School divisions should use this guide to implement WBL offerings locally. See Superintendent’s Memo 184-14 for more information.
Nominations for the 2014-2015 CTE curriculum review committees will be accepted through August 25, 2014. School divisions may nominate a CTE teacher for each of the 37 committees. All nominees who wish to participate must complete the Web-based application using the CTE Application Processing System (CTEAPS). See Superintendent’s Memo 173-14.
Revised EMT Guidelines – The High School Based Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Educational Program Guidelines (PDF) are based on the revised state and national standards for EMT programs and serves as a guide to school divisions for implementing the revised EMT programs standards consistently in all high schools and technical centers statewide. Also see Superintendent’s Memo 165-14 or visit the Health & Medical Sciences web page.
Congratulations to the 2014 Creating Excellence Awards Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees. Outstanding CTE programs and partnerships were recognized at an awards ceremony on June 12, 2014 in Richmond. See Virginia CTE Hall of Fame Inducts Outstanding Leaders (News Release June 12, 2014). View event photos.
Nominations for the Governor’s Career and Technical Education Exemplary Standards Awards will be accepted through August 15, 2014. See Superintendent's Memo 153-14.
2014-15 Training Sessions for Administrators – For information about the 2014-15 Video Training Sessions for Administrators, the video webinar series for Project Lead the Way and the training sessions for Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS) for the Commonwealth Assessment and Work-Based Learning (WBL), visit the Professional Development Page. 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 2012-13 (PDF) – summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.|
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