Superintendent's Memo #296-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 23, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Teacher-Training Academies for Selected Industry Certifications (Fall-Winter 2009)

The Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, is pleased to sponsor another round of teacher-training academies to prepare career and technical education teachers for selected industry certification examinations. Testing options for the specific industry certification will be available as a part of each academy.

These industry certifications have been approved by the Board of Education for the student-selected verified credit option. The career and technical education teacher and/or the career and technical education program must be certified by the issuing organization relative to the industry certification or license before their students can be eligible for the student-selected verified credit.

Training will be offered as self-study modules or online courseware. The "virtual online" academies continue to be offered in selected certification areas. The academies, which offer any time/any day course content access, may be an attractive training option for teachers wanting to do self-study using the Internet. Currently, the virtual online academies feature training for Internet Core Computing Certification (IC3), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (MCAS), and Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications.

Industry certification training academies for Fall-Winter 2009 are listed on the attached registration form. Registration information should be returned by November 20, 2009. Enrollment confirmation, information about academy times and preparation materials will be sent directly to participants.

All training academies will be tuition-free to career and technical education teachers who include preparation for the specific industry certification in their course or course sequence and who use the industry certification as an option for their students to earn student-selected verified credit.

Attachment A contains the registration form. For further information about industry certification training academies, contact the coordinator listed on the registration form for specific training academies, or a career and technical education program specialist. For information about a specific industry certification, contact Gordon Creasy, specialist for industry certification and licensure, Office of Career and Technical Education, via e-mail at



a. Registration for Industry Certification Academies and Self-Study (Word)