CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MISSION AND OVERVIEW
The mission of Career & Technical Education (CTE) is to help students prepare for effective participation in an international economy as world-class workers and citizens.
CTE programs are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including the development of academic, technical, and work readiness skills (the ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively, solve problems, and utilize technology). Students who complete CTE programs are prepared for successful transition into postsecondary education and work. Opportunities are available for students to earn college credits through selected courses and to prepare for licensure and/or industry certifications related to their programs of study.
Career & Technical Education supports programs and services in twelve middle schools, nine high schools, two Advanced Career Education Centers, two adult education centers, the Academy at Virginia Randolph, and Virginia Randolph Education Center. The department is responsible for monitoring and evaluating existing programs and for designing new programs and services consistent with student needs. Opportunities are provided for adults to improve basic reading, writing, and mathematics competencies; earn a high school credential; and strengthen specific job skills through a comprehensive adult education program.
In 2014-2015, the enrollment in CTE middle and high school courses was 25,916 (duplicated count–students are counted more than once when enrolled in two or more courses). The enrollment in Adult Education programs was 5,188.
The Department of Career & Technical Education supports programs and services in the following areas:
- Adult Education
- Agriculture Education
- Business & Information Technology
- Education for Employment
- Family & Consumer Sciences
- Health and Medical Sciences
- Technology Education
- Trade & Industrial Education