CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Students learn teamwork, critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and leadership in dynamic high-tech classes designed to model business and industry standards. Students can apply what they have learned in other courses with hands-on learning in CTE. CTE courses empower students and answer the questions, “Why do I need to know this?” and “How can I apply my education to a career?”
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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.
Virginia FFA Organization- Makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education; preparing students for careers in the food, fiber, and natural resources industries.
Through the Business and Information Technology program, students are provided opportunities to complement their academic preparation while exploring a variety of careers and learning skills and concepts in the areas of word processing; computer applications and solutions; finance and accounting; business law and management; programming; database design and management; design, multimedia and web technologies; entrepreneurship; and principles of business and marketing.
Intensive preparation for business and information technology careers is available at the secondary level. Courses enable students to investigate opportunities in business, prepare for entry and advancement on the job, develop management skills and identify further education and training necessary within a chosen career cluster.
Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)- Prepares students for leadership and careers in business through business-related education and entrepreneurial skill development, community service and partnerships with the professional sector.
Career Connections is the area designed to help students prepare for careers and continuing education in a challenging and rapidly changing workplace. This service area provides connecting links for students in pursuit of career development and related career information resources. Connecting links include pathways, program models, or processes that lead to, or point the way to, career goals. The total concept of Career Connections includes the components of career information resources, career development, and career connecting links.
Family and Consumer Sciences programs facilitate student progress toward a set of unifying goals in the areas of academic achievement, cultural and environmental issues, health and safety, individual and family relations, leadership and workplace ethics, and application of technology.
Family and Consumer Sciences provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed for work and family life.
Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span.
Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings.
Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span.
Managing resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families.
Balancing personal, home, family and work lives.
Using critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse families, communities, and work environments.
Exemplifying successful life management, employment, and career development.
Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and services.
Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility for one's actions and success in family and work life.
Virginia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)- Provides opportunities for students to prepare for multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader as they develop skills for life through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
Educators Rising- Provides high school students opportunities to explore teaching as a career option. It helps students gain a realistic understanding of the nature of education and the role of the teacher.
Health and medical sciences courses prepare students for careers in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health occupations. Health and medical sciences coursework is appropriate for students who ultimately seek a professional degree; the coursework is also appropriate for students who seek to enter the workforce directly or pursue other post-secondary education. Successful completion of health and medical sciences coursework can lead to entry-level employment in health care and can be a stepping stone on the pathway to advanced training such as that completed by physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, and more.
Health and medical sciences courses:
introduce secondary students to nursing, medical, dental, and other health occupations.
prepare students with basic skills for employment in nursing homes, clinics, medical and dental offices, hospitals, homes, and certain public health settings.
facilitate entry into advanced health occupations programs that require post-high school education leading to state licensure, certification, registration, or national credentialing.
enable students to become more knowledgeable consumers of health services.
Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)- Promotes career opportunities in the health care industry to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
Marketing programs prepare students for postsecondary education and careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship. Instruction in the Marketing, Hospitality & Tourism, Business Management & Administration, and Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, career clusters enable students to gain knowledge and skills in:
Virginia DECA Organization - Prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe
The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extracurricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training.
MCJROTC is at its essence a Leadership Education Program meant solely to develop character and citizenship. Benefits of participating in the MCJROTC program include increased motivation to learn, a disciplined and constructive learning environment, and the development of essential skills such as time organization, responsibility, goal setting, and teamwork. The mission of MCJROTC is to provide a course of leadership education designed to develop informed citizens, strengthening character by the teaching of discipline, and developing the understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship.
The mission of Air Force JROTC is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” The objectives of JROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. The program is grounded in Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies, and space exploration. Curriculum opportunities include academic studies, character education, life skills education, leadership opportunities, team-building experiences, intramural competition, field trips, and training opportunities.
The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a program that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the Army and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. The outcomes include; acting with integrity and personal accountability, engaging in civic and social concerns, graduating prepared to excel in post-secondary options and career pathways, making decisions that promotion positive social, emotional, and physical health, and valuing the role of the military and other service organizations.
The technology education programs provide 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.
Virginia Technology Student Association (TSA)- Provides the application and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular instruction, leadership development, competitive events and related programs.
Trade and Industrial Education covers a variety of specialized areas including robotic workcell technology; transportation, distribution, and logistics such as automotive technology, motorsports, and aviation; computer networking technology hardware operations; building trades; commercial photography and graphic imaging; radio and TV communications; criminal justice; and public safety including fire fighting.
SkillsUSA- Champions at Work - A partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure Virginia and America have a skilled work force.
CTSOs enhance Career and Technical Education in Virginia through the co-curricular network of programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state, and national levels. Virginia students enrolled in career and technical education courses are members of the local CTSO related to their courses and area of interest and are provided with opportunities to apply academic, technical and employability knowledge and skills necessary in today’s workforce.