Superintendent’s Memo #334-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 20, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2013-2014 Career and Technical Education - Creating Excellence Awards Application

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is pleased to announce the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Creating Excellence Awards for 2013-2014.  The secondary and postsecondary awards recognize excellence in the following categories:  CTE exemplary programs, advisory committees, and business and industry partnerships.  There are three levels of recognition:  local, regional, and state.  The secondary and postsecondary awards ceremony will be conducted jointly for the regional and state winners.

Attachment A contains the following:  Fact Sheet; 2014 Local Certificate of Recognition; CTE Secondary Program Award Application; Secondary Advisory Committee Award Application; and the Secondary Business and Industry Partnership Award Application.  The application and selection timeline is as follows:

March 14, 2014

Completion of local judging

March 28, 2014

Submission of local school division winners to VDOE

April 10, 2014

Completion of regional/state judging

May 1, 2014

Notification of regional award winners by VDOE

June 12, 2014

Recognition of regional and state winners for secondary and postsecondary at the awards luncheon at the DoubleTree Richmond Airport Hotel.

School divisions are encouraged to showcase their “excellence in CTE.”  Thank you for your continuing support of career and technical education.

If you have questions, please contact Helen Fuqua, Awards Coordinator, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, at or by telephone at (804) 225-3119.



  1. Secondary Application Packet (PDF)