• What Is CTE All About?

    There is a growing need in the U.S. Workforce to obtain well-trained, quality employees who are prepared for the challenges that our global economy desperately needs.  Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Virginia public schools prepare today's students for tomorrow by offering quality hands-on learning in a "real-world" context.  CTE programs in Virginia public schools currently serve more than 550,000 students in grades 6-12.  CTE's mission is to ensure that every graduate is prepared for the challenges of post-secondary education and the workplace. 
    What Happens In CTE Classes?
    The Career and Technical Education Department at John Champe strives to engage students in hands-on learning to build skills for their future.  Our classes prepare students for life outside of high school by focusing on workplace readiness skills.    Whether they are pursuing a college degree, technical certification, or going immediately into the workplace, CTE students gain extensive experience in the fields of Technology, Business, Marketing, Education, Culinary, Fashion, Interior Design, and more. 

    All course curricula can be viewed on the VA DOE CTE Resource Center website under VERSO at:


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    Career and Technical Education Seal
    The state of Virginia acknowledges the importance of CTE programs in Virginia Public Schools by offering diploma seals awarded by the Board of Education, the addition of Technical and Advanced Technical Diplomas, and industry credentialing.  For students receiving the Standard,Technical, Advanced Studies, or Advanced Technical Diploma who complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a career and technical education concentration or specialization and either maintain a “B” or better average or pass an exam in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that confers certification from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association or acquire a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  
    "Today’s Career and Technical Education is not your mother’s old manual labor vocational education track. CTE careers that used to require little education have now evolved into very technical professions that require mastery of higher level skills and the capacity for critical thinking and problem solving. Salaries for CTE careers compare favorably with many 4-year college degree professions, giving students greater choice and options in choosing a career path. We, therefore, must make sure that students graduate from high school prepared for whatever post secondary career they choose.”
    Sue Windels
    Chairman, Senate Education Committee