Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Dr. Lhe Smith, Career and Technical Education Supervisor
Mrs. Christine Good, Career and Technical Education Specialist and Ms. Danielle Meyer, Work-Based Learning Specialist
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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, enter 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.
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!
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.