Career and Technical Education

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February is CTE Month!

Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.CTE encompasses many different types of education, from the classroom, learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom. Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.

Career and Technical Education:

  • Integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
  • Educates students for a range of career options through 17 Career Clusters and over 79 Career Pathways.
  • Fulfills employer needs that are in high demand.
  • Prepares students to be college and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical, job-specific skills.
  • High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

In Chesapeake, The CTE Program area includes the following in middle school: Technology Education,  and Family and Consumer Science Education.

In high school we offer Technology Education, Family & Consumer Science,  Business and Information Technology and Marketing Education, Teachers for Tomorrow, Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC), Chesapeake Career Center, The STEM Academy at Grassfield High School, as well as Project Lead the Way Courses at the Science and Medical Academy at Deep Creek High School.

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CTE, Career and Technical Educaiton, Cheapeake Public Schools, Connecting Education to Careers

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 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 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 and Medical Science