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CTE & Workforce Development

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with a variety of options to apply academic knowledge and earn the technical skills necessary for the workplace of the 21st century. The instructional program along with opportunities for industry credentialing, helps students prepare to be college and career-ready. Students may have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences where they can apply classroom knowledge.

Work-Based Learning

Learn more from the Virginia Department of Education Work Based Learning site.

Career and Technical Education Career Guide—High School Edition

Note: copies of these guides can be obtained from school counseling offices.

Career and Technical Education Career Guide—Middle School Edition

Virginia DOE Career Success Stars

Career and Technical Education Program Opportunities

CTE Academies and Programs

ACPS Academies and Programs Application

Data to Support Student Academic and Career Planning

Pursuant to Superintendent’s Memo #258-20 (Word), 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. The University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in collaboration with the department has researched and compiled this data for the 2020-2021 school year. The information is based on occupational employment statistics and educational attainment data produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as longitudinal wage data produced by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Refer to Superintendent’s Memo 281-20 (Word) for more detail.

Contact Information

Tricia Jacobs

Director, Career and Technical Education
1340 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314

Sarah Black
CTE Work-Based Learning Specialist
(540) 907-1606