Renee Dawson, Assistant Director of Career and Technical Education, Computer Science and Community Connections
Dr. Lhe Smith, Supervisor, Career and Technical Education
Danielle Meyer, Specialist, Work-Based Learning
Christine Good, Specialist, Career and Technical Education
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In Career and Technical Education (CTE):
- We communicate and model high expectations for all students, which includes emphasizing and valuing multiple pathways for students after high school (i.e., college, entering the workforce, military) and collaborating with students to identify personal interests, aptitudes and strengths to establish goals for the future.
- We believe that all students deserve to have access to a conducive learning environment and relevant and rigorous coursework, including honors and dual-enrollment opportunities, opportunities to earn credentials and to engage in robust work-based learning experiences.
- We provide scaffolds and supports to ensure all students can access the curriculum and authentic learning experiences that support their identified interests and goals.
What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)? CTE offers courses to students in grades 6 through 12 that contain:
- [ 1 ] competency-based instruction,
- [ 2 ] career and technical student organizations,
- [ 3 ] industry credentials,* and
- [ 4 ] work-based learning experiences.
Take a moment to review what Career and Technical Education (CTE) looks like in LCPS.
*Industry credentials are only offered to students in grades 9 - 12.
What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?
What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)? CTE offers courses to students in grades 6 through 12 that contain (1) competency-based instruction, (2) career and technical student organizations, (3) industry credentials,* and (4) work-based learning experiences.
*Industry credentials are only offered to students in grades 9 - 12.
Competency-Based Instruction (pursuant to 8VAC20-120-120) refers to the instruction of CTE courses by competencies (what should a student be able to do?) rather than Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives. The first 22 competencies of each career and technical education course are Workplace Readiness Skills. Each course is categorized in one of eight program areas (teacher centered) and 17 career clusters and pathways (student centered).
The CTE Pathways Guide highlights recommended high school career and technical education courses, sequential electives, credentials, and work-based learning experiences by career clusters and pathways in Loudoun County Public Schools. The courses listed in each career cluster and pathway may be available to multiple grade levels. Additional information can be found in the Program of Studies. This resource is intended to provide a suggested sequence but does not guarantee the availability of courses or programs at each of the 17 high schools.
Each middle school offers courses in the following three program areas: Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technology and Engineering Education.
Each career and technical education course contains a curriculum guide.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
Industry credentials are only offered to students in grades 9 - 12.
Work-Based Learning Experiences
Work-Based Learning Experiences (pursuant to 8VAC20-131-51)are “school-coordinated workplace experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are integrated with instruction, and are performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations” (VDOE, 2020).
Contact Danielle Meyer for more information!
Special Interest (Military Science Admissions)
Military Science Admissions for the 2023 - 2024 School Year
What is NJROTC?
The mission of the NJROTC program is to instill in students the ideals of Leadership, Character, Honor, and Service as the foundation for success in life.
The program's focus on order, precision, self-discipline, respect for authority, ethical behavior, patriotism, service, and citizenship is designed to prepare students for success in life, regardless of their future plans.
The program is led by Captain Bill Johns (USN, retired), Master Chief Deanna Foust, (USN, retired), and Gunnery Sergeant Dennis Gaitens (USMC, retired).
The NJROTC application process is only open to LCPS students in Grade 8 (who are not zoned to attend Loudoun County High School) and requires a four-year commitment. All other students (LCPS students in grades 9, 10, or 11; private school students; homeschool students) will need to seek Special Permission through the Department of Student Services, Office of Special Permission.
The NJROTC program is only offered at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, VA
Please visit https://www.lcps.org/domain/2781 for more information.
In addition to classroom-based activities, the curriculum includes field trips and orientation visits to military bases and other sites of interest. Three to four such trips will be planned each year including day trips (e.g., U.S. Naval Academy, the Pentagon, Marine Corps Base Quantico) or overnight/multi-day trips (e.g., Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana).
Cadets also undertake community service and outreach activities including environmental and conservation work; service to youth, the elderly, and the less fortunate; service to deployed military members and their families, veterans, and wounded service members; as well as support to local community activities and civic events (parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, commemorations, etc.).
The online application is available to LCPS students in Grade 8 (who are not zoned to attend Loudoun County High School) and will be made available from November 1, 2022, through January 27, 2023. Instructions on how to apply can be found here.
- LCPS students in grades 9, 10, or 11 will need to seek Special Permission to attend Loudoun County High School through the Department of Student Services, Office of Special Permission.
- Private school students will need to seek Special Permission to attend Loudoun County High School through the Department of Student Services, Office of Special Permission. If they do not reside in the Loudoun County High zone, they MUST first register for the school where they would be zoned to attend.
- Homeschool students will need to complete the application here.
- Note: In all instances of Special Permission, if Loudoun County High School is overenrolled, then the application will be DENIED. If the application is approved through the School Board appeals process, then the Naval Science I course will be added to the student's schedule IF space is available.
Special Interest (Teacher Cadet)
What is Teacher Cadet?
The Teacher Cadet program is a “grow our own” initiative that consists of two dual-enrollment (DE) courses offered to high school students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 who may be interested in pursuing a career in education.
Interested students who are eligible to participate are enrolled in the following courses:
The Teacher Cadet program is designed to attract high school students to the field of education as a potential career “through exposure to a world-class curriculum and hands-on experience that focuses on teaching,” (Virginia Department of Education, n.d.).
Teacher Cadet students earn dual-enrollment (DE) credit through Shenandoah University.
- Teacher Cadet I DE = EDUC 210 (3 credits)
- Teacher Cadet II DE = EDUC 310 (3 credits)
Teacher Cadet students are also immersed in real-world, project-based learning experiences. Students complete an internship with LCPS teachers and interact with LCPS students at the elementary and middle school levels during observations.
Teacher Cadet students who successfully complete the program receive a letter of intent (LOI) from the LCPS Department of Human Resources and Talent Development (HRTD).
Submitting an Interest Form
The online interest form is available to all LCPS students currently enrolled in Grade 10. Eligible students should express their interest in the Student Opportunities portal (LCPS Go) between September 14, 2022, and January 27, 2023.
The student interest form requires a student-created response (i.e., presentation, essay, drawing, video, etc.) and two recommendations. Students will need to provide names and email addresses for two recommenders.
The interest form must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM on January 27, 2023. Student directions are viewable here.
September 14, 2022
The interest form becomes available in the Student Opportunities portal (LCPS Go).
January 27, 2023
The deadline for current Grade 10 students to submit an interest form via LCPS Go.
February 10, 2023
All letters of recommendation are due (it is the responsibility of the student to follow up with recommenders).
February 13, 2023 - March 10, 2023
The committee convenes to review interest forms.
March 27, 2023
The committee communicates accepted and deferred students to stakeholders (students, families, counselors, principals, teachers, etc.).
After April 1, 2023
School Counseling may schedule accepted students in the Teacher Cadet I DE course to begin in the 2023 – 2024 school year as Grade 11 students.
Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee (CTEAC)
Pursuant to 8VAC20-120-50, the CTEAC will meet monthly during the school year to discuss the planning, implementing, and assessing of career and technical education programs.
The functions of the CTEAC will be as follows:
- Advise LCPS of needs in career and technical education;
- Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of career and technical education students;
- Submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding CTE to the division superintendent for transmission to the school board;
- Review the policies and procedures for the provision of career and technical education and related services; and
- Participate in the review of the Perkins V plan, Federal Program Monitoring, and Civil Rights Review.
Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.
Please visit www.lcps.org/cteac for the official CTEAC website.
This is an annual notice of the availability of the postsecondary education and employment data published by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) on its website pursuant to § 23.1-204.1.Below are colleges and universities in the state of Virginia to assist in postsecondary education:
- Appalachian College of Pharmacy
- Averett University
- Averett University Non-Traditional
- Blue Ridge Community College
- Bluefield College
- Bridgewater College
- Central Virginia Community College
- Christendom College
- Christopher Newport University
- College of William and Mary
- Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
- Danville Community College
- Eastern Mennonite University
- Eastern Shore Community College
- Eastern Virginia Medical School
- Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Emory and Henry College
- Ferrum College
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- Germanna Community College
- Hampden-Sydney College
- Hampton University
- Hollins University
- J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
- James Madison University
- Jefferson College of Health Sciences
- John Tyler Community College
- Liberty University
- Longwood University
- Lord Fairfax Community College
- Lynchburg College
- Mary Baldwin College
- Marymount University
- Mountain Empire Community College
- New River Community College
- Norfolk State University
- Northern Virginia Community College
- Old Dominion University
- Patrick Henry Community College
- Paul D Camp Community College
- Piedmont Virginia Community College
- Radford University
- Randolph College
- Randolph-Macon College
- Rappahannock Community College
- Regent University
- Richard Bland College
- Roanoke College
- Shenandoah University
- Southern Virginia University
- Southside Virginia Community College
- Southwest Virginia Community College
- Sweet Briar College
- Thomas Nelson Community College
- Tidewater Community College
- University of Mary Washington
- University of Richmond
- University of Virginia
- University of Virginia's College at Wise
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Highlands Community College
- Virginia Military Institute
- Virginia State University
- Virginia Tech
- Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
- Virginia Union University
- Virginia Wesleyan College
- Virginia Western Community College
- Washington and Lee University
- Wytheville Community College
Job Outlook Data
Pursuant to Superintendent’s Memo #258-20, which identified 2020 General Assembly revisions to the Standards of Quality (SOQ), § 22.1-253.13:1 requires the Department of Education to annually compile a list of (i) the top 100 professions in the Commonwealth by median pay and the education, training, and skills required for each such profession and (ii) the top 10 degree programs at institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth by median pay of program graduates. Such lists shall be provided to each local school board.
- Which jobs are expected to grow or decline in Virginia?
This Job Outlook brochure lists a sampling of high-growth occupations by educational attainment and annual wages projected to 2024 as well as occupations that are projected to decline.
- What are the top 100 professions in the Commonwealth by median pay?
Click here for the top 100 professions in the Commonwealth by median pay.
- What are the top 10 degree programs at institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth by median pay of program graduates?
Click here for the 10-degree programs at institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth by median pay of program graduates.
Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination:
Loudoun County Public Schools offer a wide range of Career and Technical Education programs, including Agricultural Education, Business & Information Technology, Career Connections, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health & Medical Sciences, Marketing, Military Sciences, Technology and Engineering Education, and Trade & Industrial Education.
Loudoun County Public Schools and its Career and Technical Education Programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and, if applicable, provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.