•  CTE

    Career & Technical Education 

    CTE 21-22 

    What is CTE?

    There is a growing need in the U.S. workforce for well-trained employees who are prepared with the 21st Century Skills that businesses and corporations have identified as critical for the challenges of our global ecomomy. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Virginia public schools prepare today's students for their education and workplace experiences by offering quality hands-on learning in a "real-world" context.

    The mission of CTE is to ensure that every graduate is prepared for the challenges of post-secondary education and the workplace. Workplace readiness skills emphasized within CTE program include: 
    • critical and high order thinking
    • collaboration and teamwork
    •  creativity
    •  personal and social responsibility
    •  communication
    • decision-making skills and more!

    CTE Program Areas

    The Career & Technical Education department consists of four program areas: 

    •  Business & Information Technology
    •  Family & Consumer Sciences
    •  Marketing Education
    • Technology & Engineering Education

    All program area classes incorporate teaching strategies that actively engage students in applying knowledge to real world scenarios. Some courses also provide laboratory learning experiences, such as work in the school store, gourmet foods kitchen, preschool, production lab, and more. All students are provided with opportunities to earn industry certifications aligned with the state competencies for the course.

    Briar Woods CTE Teachers and Courses

    Business & Information Technology 

    Mrs. Kristi Peschka


    Introduction to Business and Marketing

    Personal Finance





    Mrs. Christina Oak

    Mrs. Oak

    Advanced Computer Information Systems

    App Development

    Personal Finance





    Mr. Chris Starke

    Mr. Starke

    Cybersecurity Operations

    Introduction to Cybersecurity

    Personal Finance

    Sports Entertainment Marketing





    Mrs. Angela Woodward

    Mrs. Woodward


    Buslness Law

    Business Management

    Computer Information Systems

    Personal Finance





     Family & Consumer Sciences

    Ms. Diane Breinig


    Early Childhood I & II

    Fashion Design and Merchandising

    Independent Living

    Teacher Cadet I & II



    CTSO: Educators Rising



    Ms. Maryanne Valleau

    Mrs. Valleau

    Introduction to Culinary Arts

    Gourmet Foods







    Ms. Valleau

     Marketing Education

     Ms. Heather VanDyke

    CTE Department Chair

    Ms. VanDyke

    Introduction to Business and Marketing

    Marketing Co-Op

    Marketing Non Co-Op

    Travel & Tourism Marketing 
    School Store





    Ms. Renae Sterling

    Mrs. Sterling

    Sports Entertainment Marketing

    Advanced Marketing Co-Op

    Advanced Marketing Non Co-Op

    School Store






     Ms. Meredith Young


    Introduction to Business and Marketing

    Marketing Non Co-Op

    Sports Entertainment Marketing
    School Store







    Technology & Engineering Education

    Mr. Erik Kittelson

    Mr. Kittleson

    Aerospace Science I

    Aerospace Science II

    Architectural Drawing and Design

    Engineering Drawing and Design


    Technical Drawing and Design

    Technology of Robotic Design



    CTSO: FIRST Robotics



    Mr. Jim Scott

    Mr. Scott

    Materials and Processes

    Manufacturing Systems I

    Manufacturing Systems II

    PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design (Honors)

    PLTW Principles of Engineering (Honors)



    CTSO: FIRST Robotics




    Additional Information 

    Students enrolled in CTE courses follow a competency-based curriculum established by the Virginia Department of Education in accordance with the sixteen career clusters.  Details are available on the CTE Resource Center website, which outlines the complete task list for each VDOE course.

    Graduation Requirements for LCPS Students  

    • Students must complete at least two sequential electives.
    • Student credits earned shall include one credit in fine arts or CTE.
    • Students must earn one-credit in Economics and Personal Finance.
    • Students must earn a CTE credential for a Standard Diploma.
    • Students may utilize credential tests in CTE for earning verified credit. 
    Awards for Exemplary Student Performance
    The Career and Technical Education Seal may be earned by students receiving the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma who (1) complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a CTE concentration or specialization that they choose and (2) maintain a “B” or better average in those courses or pass an examination that earns certification from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association.

    Career & Technical Student Organizations

    Enrollment in CTE courses also affords students the unique opportunity to participate in career & technical student organizations at the local, state, and national levels.  These co-curricular student organizations are integrated into the classroom experience to provide additional learning opportunities that develop leadership skills and enhance the student's perspective of the world through field trips, guest speakers, competitive events, and conferences.

     CTSOs at Briar Woods include:

    Additional information can be accessed from the Activities page.

     Website Links

     Career and Technical Education

    Virginia Department of Education - CTE

    Career and technical education programs in Virginia public schools serve more than 550,000 students in grades 6-12. These programs are designed to prepare young people for productive futures while meeting the commonwealth's need for well-trained and industry-certified technical workers.

    Loudoun County Public Schools - CTE

    Career and technical education courses are an integral part of the middle school and high school plan of study in addition to offering special programs at the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Technology, C.S. Monroe Technology Center, and NJROTC.

    Career and Technical Student Organizations


    DECA - National Website

    DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school and colleges around the globe. More than 185,000 high school members participate in DECA through 5,000 chapters in all 50 states and 8 countries.

    Virginia DECA

    VA DECA values every one of our 13,000+ members.  From students grades 9 - 12 to advisors, business partners and alumni - each plays a vital part in our organization.  The support of our members allows us to offer programs that reach far more individuals than just our members. 

    Educators Rising

    Educators Rising, formerly the Future Educators Association (FEA), a member of the PDK International family of associations, is an international student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in education-related careers.  Founded in 1937, Educators Rising has helped thousands of students develop the skills and strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators. 

    FBLA - National Website

    Welcome to the largest and oldest business student organization in the world! The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students.  More than 11,000 advisers round out the group.

    Virginia FBLA

    Thousands of Virginia high school students, educators, administrators, and business professionals have chosen to be members of the premier business education association preparing students for careers in business.  All business students are members of FBLA on the local chapter level.  Students have the opportunity to participate in activities at the regional, state, and national levels.

    FCCLA - National Website

    The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Organization is headquartered in Reston, VA. FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.

    Virginia FCCLA

    What is Virginia FCCLA?  It is the ultimate leadership experience!   The Virginia FCCLA is a state affiliate of the national organization of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.


    The Technology Student Association (TSA) fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematices (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs. The TSA Motto is: Learning to Live in a Technical World


    Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind.

       For additional information contact the BWHS CTE Department Chair:  Heather VanDyke - heather.vandyke@lcps.org