Career and Technical Education Month

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month is a celebration of the achievements and accomplishments of CTE.  Through these programs, students prepare for high-wage, high-demand careers found in such areas as health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, and management. Through classroom learning, certification programs, and work-based opportunities outside of the classroom, students experience hands-on learning while making career choices. Chesapeake Public Schools is proud to provide these opportunities and celebrates the many student successes!

Learn more about how CTE changes lives:

Mitchell Voors is a 2019 Hickory High School graduate who knew early on he didn’t want to go to college or join the military. He loved working with his hands and idolized his older brother who could fix any car problem he faced. While Voors also developed the same skills, he did some research before deciding that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) was a more lucrative trade. He enrolled in the Chesapeake Career Center’s HVAC program as a senior and during the second semester was hired to work in the youth apprenticeship program through the Virginia Department of Labor. Upon graduation, Voors began working as a full-time apprentice with Southeastern Mechanical.


Minna Issa has loved creating through hair and make-up since she was five. During a high school assembly in her sophomore year at Great Bridge High School, she first heard about the cosmetology program at the Chesapeake Career Center. Now, as a senior, Issa is a second-year student in the program and works part-time at a salon. She has already been accepted to Tidewater Community College and after TCC, she plans to transfer to Old Dominion University to pursue her other passion – social work. Issa is thankful for the opportunities Career and Technical Education has provided because it has allowed her to earn credentials and an income while doing something she loves.


In high school, John Sommers was convinced that any form of higher education wasn’t for him, so he decided to apply to the welding program. During his senior year of high school, Sommers participated in a workforce development program which allowed him to visualize how a career in welding was a perfect fit. A few years later, his mindset about higher education shifted, and in 2015, his welding skills allowed him to graduate from college debt-free, Sommers was hired as the welding teacher for the same program where he learned to weld. Now, there’s nothing else Sommers would rather do than work with his students and teach them the skill set that has given him so much.