February is 2017 CTE Month – CTE Month is the perfect time to highlight and celebrate the positive opportunities of career and technical education (CTE). CTE provides career exploration and career skills development for secondary students as well as recognizes the CTE professionals, businesses, and community partners. CTE programs are preparing students to be both college and career ready and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand career fields by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical job-specific skills. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” More information on 2017 CTE Month and the Governor’s Proclamation for CTE Month -This is a PDF document. (PDF).
Nominations for 2016-2017 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review Committees – School divisions may nominate a CTE teacher for each of the 36 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). The Web-based application process requires a professional reference and division-level approval (division superintendent or designee). For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 104-16.
Microcontroller/Programming Workshop - This three-day workshop will be held on April 10-12, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia and will focus on coding and programming Hummingbird and Arduino Microcontrollers. Teachers are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #042-17.Teacher Training for Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification Course – This training is specifically for currently licensed technology education teachers in divisions that offer or plan to offer either Manufacturing Systems program or Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Integrated Manufacturing course and for trade and industrial teachers in divisions who plan to offer the Precision Machining, Industrial Robotics, or Industrial Maintenance courses. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #301-16.
The technology education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to technology and begin learning to use it in the classroom. At the middle school level, students considering a career in technology may explore the subject in several overview courses. At the high school level, students take courses to prepare them for technical or professional programs of higher education, such as STEM careers, engineering or architecture.Consistent with their abilities, interests, and educational needs, students completing a technology education program will achieve the following goals:
- Comprehend the dynamics of technology, including its development, impact, and potential.
- Employ the technological processes of problem-solving, creating and designing.
- Analyze the behavior of technological systems and subsystems, including the tools, materials, processes, energy, time, information, and people involved in systems.
- Apply scientific principles, engineering concepts, and technological systems in the processes of technology.
- Discover and develop personal interests and abilities related to a wide variety of technology-oriented careers.
NEW: A Strategic Review of Technology Education: Preparing Students for Successful Transition to College and Careers -This is a PDF document. (PDF) – This review represents a culmination of state and national research and extensive input from stakeholders representing business and industry, secondary and postsecondary educators, students, and professional organizations. Additionally, it reinforces the need for secondary education to be responsive to current and future trends in technology and engineering education.
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:
- Aerospace Engineering (PLTW) (8428)
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW) (8430)
- Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW) (8439)
- Digital Electronics (PLTW) (8440)
- Principles of Engineering (PLTW) (8441)
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW) (8442)
- Engineering Design and Development (PLTW) (8443)
- Modeling and Simulation (8460)
- Software Engineering (PLTW) (8470) – New Course
- Entertainment Design and Technology (8489) – New Course
- Technology Education Course Listing (PDF)
- Essential Competency List for Technology Education Service (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Technology Education
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide - See Equipment for CTE Programs
Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association (TSA)
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
Provides the application and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular instruction, leadership development, competitive events and related programs. 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.
- 2016-2017 Reference Sheet (PDF)
- 2016-2017 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Licensure Regulations for School Personnel – Technology Education
- Leadership and Professional Development Regions (PDF)
- Career Planning Guide
- Manufacturing Skills Institute
- Project Lead the Way
- Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
- Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)