Career & Technical Education (CTE)



Headed to a four-year college? A two-year college? Straight into the workplace?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can put you a “step ahead” on any path you choose. 

  • CTE is an array of courses and programs available that help students prepare for a world that’s increasingly oriented toward highly skilled jobs! 
  • CTE allows you to learn skills in the “real world.”

And some programs offer additional advantages like…
Industry certifications
Dual-credit courses with Rappahannock Community College community colleges
Leadership development through CTE student organizations
Scholarships available through student organizations and professional organizations.

Engaging Local Employers to Strengthen Career Preparation Programs

On behalf of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education, VDOE announces newly developed resources that may be useful in engaging local employers and organizations to further strengthen students’ career preparation and employability. In collaboration with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Services, Demographics and Workforce Group, and the CTE Resource Center, the list includes:

Five “Top Tips” (PDF) to engage local employers and strengthen CTE programs
Top 15 employers in each of the Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIA)
Top 15 employers customized for each Virginia Public School Division (PDF) within the LWIA