Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and a nationally recognized career readiness certificate (Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination) are offered at all seven Chesapeake high schools and at the Chesapeake Career Center.  These offerings are available for all students to enroll.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offer career and technical experiences for students to explore a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand career pathways. Whether a student plans to attend college, seek an apprenticeship, join the military or begin work right after high school, CPS provides opportunities to support every student’s career aspirations. CTE at the middle school level offers students an exploratory experience and time to try out several areas of interest. High school level opportunities include one- and two-year programs in Business and Information Technology, Engineering and Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing Education and Trade and Industrial Education.

These programs are strengthened by incorporating the opportunity to achieve sought-after industry credentials and growing opportunities for dual enrollment credit. Students work with their school counselor to decide which option is right for them. During this process, students have a wide variety of courses to choose from at their home high school, at Chesapeake Career Center, or at Tidewater Community College.

Career and Technical Education programs are offered in the following areas: 

  • Technology Education
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Marketing Education
  • Trade and Industrial Education
  • Health Occupations Education