Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education

5-5-5 Five Careers in Five Days for Fifth Graders

Categories: Roanoke City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a question we've all asked ourselves. Each summer, 5th graders in our summer enrichment program (RCPS+) are exposed to five careers in five days. The program takes place at our CTE Center (ROTEC). The goal is for students to start thinking about their future at a young age. Career choices include Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, TV Video Production, Engineering and many more. About 250 students pariticpate every year and is one of the most popular programs. Community partnerships are essential to the success including the Taubman Museum of Art. On the last day of the program, all the students visit the museum and essentially run it for the day!

Contact:

Justin McLeod
Community Relations Coordinator
jmcleod@rcps.info
(540) 853-2816


A River Runs Through Us

Categories: Richmond County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

A River Runs Through Us is a systemic Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience in which all sixth grade students investigate "How do our daily actions impact the health of the Rappahannock River?" The students conduct water quality testing, receive handson, inquiry-based lessons, organize and conduct a community cleanup, explore a state park and reflect on their experiences through letters to the Editor, Board of Supervisors and School Board. Partners from Three Rivers Environmental Educators work together to strengthen the students' sense of place, watersheds and human impacts and their improvements in achievement showcase the success of integrating environmental education.

Contact:

Lowery Pemberton
Education Coordinator, Friends of the Rappahannock
lowery.pemberton@riverfriends.org
540-373-3448, ex.118


Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET)

Categories: Pittsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET) program is a partnership with Virginia State University (VSU), the New College Institute (NCI), Danville Community College (DCC), and The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). This program, housed at the IALR, offers students the opportunity to participate in a demanding engineering curriculum that will equip participants with skills necessary to meet the rigorous standards of postsecondary programs. The two-year engineering curriculum is comprised of courses that focus on theory and design while actively engaging students in lab experiments and projects. Students also take English 11 and 12 and Calculus. All AET courses carry special grade point values, and students receive dual enrollment credits from VSU and DCC.

Contact:

Dr. Mark R. Jones
Division Superintendent
mark.jones@pcs.k12.va.us
(434) 432-2761


Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health, STEM-H Expo

Categories: Fairfax County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

On April 9, 2016, Fairfax County Public Schools and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions will sponsor a STEM-H Expo at Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center, for students interested in exploring careers and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health sciences. Event highlights include STEMestatic kick-off, breakout sessions, student demonstrations and exhibitors from STEM–H related business, industry, and educational organizations. This year’s theme is on new, exciting innovations, and how the STEM and healthcare career pathways collaborate to achieve life-changing technologies. Students will obtain information on careers, educational opportunities, and work force trends in the STEM-H field. Students plan and investigate career pathways in STEM-H and are exposed to professional networking with organizations in attendance to discuss the skill sets and qualifications required to enter the STEM-H field. The focus is to bring together members of industry, academia, and students to ensure a more secure future for the STEM-H professions.

Contact:

Cara Kirby
Senior Career Experience Specialist
ckkirby@fcps.edu
571-423-4502


AP/Elective Fair Night

Categories: Winchester City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

We hosted an AP/Elective Fair Night before we begin our course registration process. A great opportunity for students & families to learn more about our electives we offer. We had over 500 in attendance and over 50 interactive tables displayed and managed by students and teachers. A powerful way to introduce electives and encourage enrollment.

Contact:

Amy Zimmerman
Director of Counselors/Student Services
zimmerman@wps.k12.va.us
540-662-3471


Bath County High School Wind Turbine Design Team

Categories: Bath County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Students are designing and building wind turbines to compete in KidWind events. The students are from four disciplines- Technology, Electricity, Carpentry, and Business. All groups do basic research. Technology focuses on designing gear systems to maximize output and prints out 3D gears they have designed. Electricity focuses on designing the generator to be as efficient as possible. Carpentry focuses on the fabrication of the design. Business focuses on promotion and information and has designed posters, pamphlets, and fund raising raffle tickets for the enterprise. The students from each discipline have to communicate with and work with each other in order for the project to be successful. This emulates what the students will be required to do after they graduate from high school and provides students with concrete examples and the opportunity to practice the workplace readiness skills outlined for all CTE classes. 

Contact:

Ed Ozols
edo@bath.k12.va.us


BETA Learning Academy

Categories: Staunton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The BETA Learning Academy at Shelburne Middle School is for 8th grade students. BETA stands for Build, Explore, Tinker, and Apply. BETA combines 8th grade science with the Project Lead the Way Gateway program in a two hour block. BETA’s curriculum is technology infused and built around hands-on, projectbased learning in all subjects where students learn through inquiry and application. Students are expected to document and reflect on their work, and apply new knowledge and skills in all classes. Eighth grade SOL pass rate data for 2014-15 shows that BETA students’ pass rates were higher than non-Beta students on the Science 8 SOL (+23%), the Math 8 SOL (+17%), and the Reading 8 SOL (+27%). This program prepares students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields by teaching students critical job skills in a workplace environment where collaboration, hard work, and creativity are essential.

Contact:

Mrs. Jennifer Morris
Principal, Shelburne Middle School
jmorris@staunton.k12.va.us
(540) 332-3930


Blue Ridge Community College Pathways Consortium

Categories: Augusta County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Blue Ridge Career Pathways Consortium supports students in preparing for successful careers by building a partnership between Blue Ridge Community College, local area school division, including Augusta County Schools and local area employers. The Consortium works to build a unified curriculum which relies on the input of employers, provides career development opportunities, and offers secondary/post secondary career paths that provide a seamless transition for students from secondary to post-secondary education and/or the world of work. The curriculum is enhanced with Workplace Readiness events and conferences for high school and middle school students such as: Social Media Ethics Workshop, Get A Job Bootcamp, Career Clusters 101, World of Work, 1st Generation Student Conference, and Student Parent Career College. Public schools, technical centers, the community college, employers and parents working together to provide students a future filled with opportunity is at the heart of the Blue Ridge Career Pathways Consortium.

Contact:

Lisa Shifflett
Curriculum Supervisor
lshifflett@augusta.k12.va.us
540-245-5120


BMX Restoration

Categories: Staunton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Our group of students receive bikes that are in need of repairs and new parts. We work to clean, fix, rebuild these bikes to make them rideable and donate them to community events. Our focus is to encourage the skill trades programs through the bmx restoration program.

Contact:

Brett Peters
Career Coach
bpeters@staunton.k12.va.us
540-448-3979


Building Teamwork and Enhancing Problems Solving Skills through Building BMX Bikes

Categories: Winchester City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Daniel Morgan Middle School initiated a program to promote teamwork and the enhancement of problem solving skills through the construction of BMX bikes. The program encourages teams of 2 or 3 to work together to build and test their very own BMX bike. Each team is provided the parts and tools needed to assemble and BMX while at school. Upon completion of the build, the scholars ride to nearby BMX track to test their bikes. They are encouraged to make adjustments and hypothesize what adjustments to different features of the bike will have on the controls of the bike. Scholars are able to personalize their bikes by adjusting the seat high, handlebar angle, tire pressure and more. This program promotes the college and career skills needed to work together to solve problems while simultaneously teaching scholars how to use hand tools. Scholars participated in the program during school in the fall and will participate as part of the after school program in the spring. We are also planning on implementing a program over the summer months.

Contact:

Jerry Putt
Principal
puttj@wps.k12.va.us
540.667.7171


Cafe’ Central

Categories: Bristol City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Collaborative efforts between two school systems - Bristol Virginia and Bristol Tennessee, River’s Way – a non-profit organization, and Central Christian Church have evolved into Café Central. Café Central is a program which helps prepare students with disabilities for entering the workforce after graduation. The program started with students doing a community garden. When the garden proved successful, the students moved to building hoop houses to grow vegetables all year long. The program progressed into a pre-vocational class. The students plant the garden, care for it, harvest what they have grown and prepare all of the meals for the cafe. Central Christian Church donates the property for the hoop houses and the kitchen/fellowship hall for the café. River’s Way helps create and coordinate activities between the two school divisions, community, and church. Community members enjoy wonderful lunches two days a week and the students are gaining valuable workforce skills and confidence.

Contact:

Patty Bowers
Director of Special Education and Student Services
pbowers@bvps.org
276-821-5600


Career & Technical Education Cyber Security Program

Categories: Prince William County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Potomac Senior High School’s Cyber Security Program is the first of its kind in Prince William County Public Schools. In this program, students enter the world of computer technology and gain practical experience in assembling a computer system, installing an operating system, troubleshooting computers and peripherals, and using system tools and diagnostic software. Information Technology Security and Cybersecurity careers are in high demand and through this 4-year program students have the opportunity to earn a number of industryrecognized certifications such as CCNA, CompTIA, CompTIA Security Plus, and others. Graduates may pursue professional certification specific to the field of information systems security, including the System Security Certified practitioner (SSCP) certification offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC2). The program will expand next year to include both Forensics and Computer Systems Technology II Cyber Security.

Contact:

Doug Wright
Supervisor of Career and Technical Education
WrightDR@pwcs.edu
703-791-7297


Career & Technical Education Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences

Categories: Prince William County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Osbourn Park High School’s Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences Program was launched in September 2015. This program allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students learn content in the context of real-world cases; examine the structures and interactions of human body systems; explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; and work collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges. The Biomedical Science Program is a rigorous four-course sequence that prepares students to continue their studies with the goal of 80% of students enrolled entering in a post-secondary health care program.

Contact:

Doug Wright
Supervisor of Career and Technical Education
WrightDR@pwcs.edu
703-791-7297


Career Connections Week at Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

Categories: Fairfax City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts is a “school within a school” – a career and technical academy within Fairfax High School welcoming students from across Fairfax County Public Schools for classes such as Fashion Design, Television Production, Musical Theatre, Dance, Music and Composition, Social Media Marketing and foreign language. Each year the Academy conducts “Career Connections Week” where they welcome alumni and industry professionals to come give workshops, presentations and career advice. A musical theatre student can listen to a talent agent discussing presentation audition techniques and social media tips. Dance students take three dance workshops from professional dancers and artistic directors. Chinese students can meet with staff members from nearby George Mason University about career opportunities and practiced Chinese calligraphy. The week has become a homecoming and celebration for Academy students where they are able to see real world applications in their current coursework.

Contact:

Diego Wilson
Director, Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts
Diego.Wislon@fcps.edu
703-219-2226


Career Connections…C2 Your Future

Categories: Martinsville City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Career Connections…C2 Your Future, is the Martinsville City Public Schools program to give students the opportunity to develop their skills in the Four C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity), earn an industry specific certification that can benefit them for future employment, receive college credit through dual enrolled courses, and to participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations related to their program. This program is the gateway to future employment, community college or a four-year college or university. It helps students make connections between what they are learning in school and the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in the future. MHS has seen an increase in students earning industry certifications and increased participation in dual enrollment CTE classes which give them a strong foundation for future employment or continued education.

Contact:

Todd Cassell
Coordinator of Career Development
tcassell@martinsville.k12.va.us
(276) 403-5870


Career Talks

Categories: Fairfax City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Fairfax High School created "Career Talks" in 2014. Career Talks began as a partnership between the school and community volunteers to bring professionals from various industries into the school for students to listen, learn and ask questions. Professionals such as a pediatrician, Washington Post reporter, information technology specialist, fire fighter and agents in both the FBI and CIA visited Fairfax High School and spoke with students to provide first-hand information on how to enter and succeed in these fields. The professionals were interviewed by a moderator and then were asked questions by the student-audience. The popular series was designed to help students connect the work they are doing in school to future career opportunities and postgraduate plans.

Description:

Carrie Dorsey
Communications Specialist
carrie.dorsey@fairfaxva.gov
703-385-7911


Caroline Middle School - The Elite Eagles Robotics Team

Categories: Caroline County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Caroline Middle Schools “The Elite Eagles” Robotics Team was created as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers STEM Program. Mr. William Fields and Mrs. Michele High serve as sponsors for the team. The purpose of the Robotics program at CMS is to encourage kids to think like scientists and engineers, while providing a fun, creative, hands-on and team-based learning experience. In order to prepare for their first Lego League tournament, the CMS Robotics Team gave a presentation and demonstration to school board administrators and principals. The team shared their solutions to a common recycling solutions problem that affects all communities. “The Elite Eagles” competed in the tournament using LEGO Mindstorms technology. The team built a robot capable of completing multiple tasks on a three-dimensional playing field. “The Elite Eagles” earned 1st Place for Robot Design.

Contact:

William Fields
Technology Teacher
wfields@ccps.us
804-633-6561


Caroline Middle School Junior Culinary Academy

Categories: Caroline County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Caroline Middle School Junior Culinary Academy under the direction of Ms. Denise Ewing-Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher hosts an annual luncheon for the school board during School Board Appreciation Month in February. The Junior Culinary Academy was developed as an alignment program to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) from middle to high school. Students that seek certification in the culinary field meet twice a month at the middle school to discuss and develop healthy meals and plans for their families and peers. Students learn culinary and workplace skills to lay the foundation for them to be successful in the workforce. Skills include having a positive work ethic, being part of a team, having a creative but diverse mindset when thinking about foods of other cultures and alternate diet plans. Each year members of the academy visit different culinary schools and colleges for three days, reinforcing their speaking, listening, reading, writing skills and other professional and knowledge skills taught during the year. The academy prepares student leaders at Caroline Middle School for their transition to high school, which focuses on college and career readiness.

Contact:

Denise Ewing-Williams
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
dewingwilliams@ccps.us
804-633-6561


Carroll County High School’s STEM Lab for Agriculture

Categories: Carroll County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Carroll County High School's STEM Lab for agriculture may be the first of it's kind in the nation. The combination of a dedicated STEM lab equipped with the latest research tools and equipment and a dedicated 65 acre farm both operated by the school’s agriculture department allows students to learn scientific protocols that will assist local producers to meet higher food safety levels by providing lab services that will enhance their necessary documentation. The combination of agriculture classroom instruction, utilization of the STEM Lab for Agriculture, agriculture production on the school farm, and a partnership with both Virginia Tech and the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, is a unique combination that has equipped the Carroll County Public School System to be a national leader in the arena.

Contact:

Rachelle Rasco
STEM Lab Manager
rnrasco@ccpsd.k12.va.us
276-728-2125


Comprehensive School Approach - Reaching ALL Students

Categories: Powhatan County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Powhatan County Public Schools provides all students with an opportunity to participate in Career and Technical Education and related Career and Technical Service Organizations through its comprehensive school approach. PCPS focuses its attention on vertical alignment of a STEM curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade, culminating with CTE programs at the high school level. They include coding and computer science, health services, culinary arts, agriculture/horticulture, and electricity. Each year Powhatan’s CTE serves over 2,250 students across grades 7-12. Students can move back and forth between CTE and academic courses seamlessly, all under one roof at the high school. In addition, Powhatan’s CTE supports CTSOs through an emphasis on co-curricular involvement, enabling its students to win awards at the local, state and national level.

Contact:

Jason Tibbs
Principal, Powhatan Junior High School - Division CTE
jason.tibbs@powhatan.k12.va.us
804-598-5782


Covington High School Senior Savvy

Categories: Covington City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Covington High School seniors participate in an annual program called Senior Savvy. It is presented by Diane Garcia, the founder and director of Everyday Elegance, LLC, and funded by a grant from the Alleghany Foundation. The Senior Savvy program is a two part interactive initiative to promote character building, as well as appropriate behaviors for a variety of situations relating to the 21st century. The first program is a formal luncheon hosted by the senior sponsors. The students are invited to the luncheon where they are fed a three course meal. The meal is meant to model a former dinner with a prospective employer as part of an interview. During the meal, Mrs. Garcia instructs the students on dinner etiquette. They learn about seating, table manners, silverware usage, and conversing with a group. The second program works on skills needed to make a good impression in the first 30 seconds of an interview. During this classroom presentation, Mrs. Garcia utilizes real world experiences mixed with fun and easy to remember rules that help students make a confident first impression. Mrs. Garcia emphasizes eye contact, introduction, and hand shake. Students also discuss appropriate dress for different interview types. This program is completed before the students participate in a mock interview, another program that allows students to practice and hone their skills for the real world.

Contact:

Dr. Shannon Fuhrman
Covington High School Principal
sfuhrman@covington.k12.va.us
540-965-1410


CTE, STEM and Creative Arts

Categories: Montgomery County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Career and Technical Education department has developed a relationship with the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (iCAT) to further their educational research and implementation in a public school setting. The two organizations have developed a staffing position that is shared and funded equally between MCPS and iCAT. This position directly supports the stated goal of iCAT to prepare primary, secondary, and university students to work and succeed in a world where science, technology, engineering and math education collaborate and where working as part of a diverse team is mandatory.

Contact:

Rick Weaver
Career and Technical Education Supervisor
rweaver@mcps.org
540-382-5100


CTE, STEM, and Robotics

Categories: Montgomery County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

To enhance technical skills, and to promote teaming, Montgomery County Public Schools has developed the First Robotics team competition into a series of elective courses that are integrated with Precision Machining, Welding, Manufacturing, Science and Computer Programming classes This activity immerses a diverse group of students at all academic levels into an academic/CTE team effort. The Virginia Tech engineering department and various members of the professional and business community provide direct support to the First Robotics team. MCPS middle school Technology Education programs have organized First Lego League teams and the school division actively collaborates with community sponsored First Tech Challenge teams.

Contact:

Rick Weaver
CTE Supervisor
rweaver@mcps.org
540-382-5100


CUCPS Destination 21 Forum

Categories: Cumberland County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Cumberland County Public Schools, in the process of revising its long-range strategic plan, launched a campaign to educate and solicit input from all stakeholders, including staff, parents, students, local government, and the business community. With this goal in mind, CUCPS held a student moderated Destination 21 Forum, which included a panel discussion featuring experts in instructional technology, workforce development, school architecture, and educational trends. Stakeholders were encouraged to ask questions and engage in dialogue with the presenters. The Forum was advertised through flyers, various media, and a student-created video posted online. In addition, school personnel attended meetings of local clubs and civic organizations to solicit participation in the Forum. At the conclusion of the event, stakeholders were provided refreshments prepared by the Food Occupations class and were invited to complete a survey to express their ideas and concerns for the future of CUCPS.

Contact:

Dr. Amy Griffin
Superintendent of CUCPS
agriffin@cucps.k12.va.us
804-492-4212


DAYMAC (Developing Amazing Young Minds through Apple ConnectED)

Categories: Norfolk City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Berkley Campostella Early Childhood Education Center (BCECC) is 1 of 114 schools in the nation and the only Mid-Atlantic school awarded the White House ConnectEd Initiative Apple and AT&T Grants, for their DAYMAC program. DAYMAC will enable BCECC to provide a comprehensive 1:1 technology solution for every student and teacher, including hardware, software, professional development, and free cellular services for every student’s home. In addition, DAYMAC will assist with closing the technical gap as well as the digital divide and enhance technology infused lessons with a STEM focus. Through DAYMAC, enrichment and tiered instruction is implemented daily, with rigorous classroom instruction and the Teddy Bear Club. The Teddy Bear Club is a Response To Intervention program that provides Tiered instruction for all students, in order to maximize optimal academic success. Like wise, parental involvement is encouraged and supported by providing technical workshops and strategies that parents can use at home.

Contact:

Dr. Doreatha White
Principal
dwhite@nps.k12.va.us
757-494-3872


Deeper Learning with iPad 1:1 Initiative

Categories: Goochland County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Goochland is currently expanding its 1:1 program (grades 4-7, division-wide) to grades 3-8 in SY 2016-17 and 3-12 in SY 2017-18. Our slower approach towards deployment helps leverage our resources to build capacity for a new instructional model built upon deeper learning. This design is focused on a project-based approach towards learning, utilizing a learning management platform to track student progress and provide individualized learning opportunities, in addition to providing students anytime/anywhere access to apps to practice skill development beyond the school day. Our program was recently featured in EdWeek online (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/leadership_360/2016/02/redefining_learning_the_goochland_journey_towards_deeper_learning_anywhere_anytime.html) and was recognized by Apple as a Distinguished Program this past October. The iPads in student hands enable our teachers to make learning more efficient and to help students succeed using assessment and progress data.

Contact:

John G. Hendron
Director of Innovation & Strategy
jhendron@glnd.k12.va.us
(804) 615-0053


Dream with STREAM

Categories: Spotsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

STREAM @ 3L is a STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math) project involving 45 Riverview Elementary students, 18 Thornburg Middle students, and 12 Massaponax High students. Through the project, the older students teach the younger students about STREAM concepts and coach them through a variety of hands-on STREAM simulations. The project was created as a response to the ongoing need of encouraging students to take an interest in science-related subjects. STREAM activities offer participants a unique opportunity to create excitement and interest in science. The hands-on learning projects included crime scene investigation, analyzing DNA, aquaponics, designing filtration systems, a Lego bridge design contest, and constructing marble racers. As a result of their innovative approach to learning, the STREAM team was invited to participate in the Regional STEM 16 Summit at the University of Mary Washington last spring hosted by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s STEM 16 Committee.

Contact:

Dianne Holmes
Principal, Riverview Elementary School
dholmes@spotsylvania.k12.va.us
540-834-2500


Dress for Success

Categories: Smyth County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Through a partnership with the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Smyth County Public Schools has started the Dress for Success Program at the Smyth Career and Technology Center. The program enables selected students to purchase clothing for the workplace and job interviews. Participating students tour local manufacturing facilities and higher education institutions. In addition, they participate in mentoring and internships opportunities in local industries. The program builds confidence and pride in the students and models appropriate workplace attire. This program continues our efforts to develop strong employability skills in our graduates.

Contact:

Songia Widener
Director of Career and Technical Education
songiawidener@scsb.org
276-646-8117


Education Expo

Categories: Hanover County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Hanover County Public Schools held an Education Expo at two high schools during the fall of 2015. The Expos were attended by approximately 1,500 students and parents and provided the HCPS community with opportunities to learn more about the seven programs offered at The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology, the five Health and Medical Pathways at the redesigned HHS Specialty Center, the Advance College Academy (Associates Degree) partnership with Reynolds Community College, and the International Baccalaureate options at each high school. The Expos featured an opening session, informational booths, and breakout sessions for each program area. Dinner was provide to facilitate the needs of families and their schedules. The Expos were planned by a team of school, division, and Reynolds Community College educators and were advertised using a variety of methods, including the web site, social media, local news media, e-mail messages, and posters in schools.

Contact:

Barb Hancock-Henley
Career and Technical Education Coordinator
bhancock-henley@hcps.us
804-365-4532


Education for Employment - Online Bruin Cafe

Categories: Hampton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

In a combined initiative between CTE and Special Education, Bethel High School's Education for Employment students run cafe every morning for teachers and staff. They put into practice customer service, inventory, management, safety, food handling, and the money management skills they have learned in the classroom. Students incorporate technology by using iPads as cash register simulations, similar to what is being used in the workforce. The decision to grow the cafe and expand its market inspired EFE students to start an online cafe experience. New technology skills were introduced including working with Google Forms. Students receive orders online, communicate the order with the cafe, and then pick up and deliver the orders. Students must problem solve and work as a team daily to maintain business and customer satisfaction. Our students are practicing all of the workplace readiness skills daily and their level of competence and confidence has grown immensely.

Contact:

Whitney Ketchledge
Director of Career and Technical Education
wketchledge@hampton.k12.va.us
757-727-2466


Education in Racing

Categories: Henrico County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Henrico Schools’ Education in Racing program turns a 71,000-seat NASCAR track in Henrico County into a student laboratory. The program is a joint effort among Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond International Raceway and the Center for Sports Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. The program uses the track facilities to explore the principals of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. More than 1,000 eighth-grade students and their teachers have had the opportunity to participate. The program equips teachers with instruction on the how STEM concepts apply to racing. Students explore the world of NASCAR and how STEM education is applied through hands-on, real-world problem-solving activities. Students learn principles such as coefficient of drag, how tire temperature affects friction, how banking affects the car as well as car-body engineering. Students are able to walk on the RIR track, view its surface and banking and learn the STEM principles behind safety features.

Contact:

Andy Jenks
Director, Communications and Public Relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724


Exceptional Employability: Meeting Workforce Needs With Diverse Learners

Categories: Roanoke County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) offers a collaborative work program for students pursuing an Applied Studies Diploma. The program is a collaborative effort between RCPS, various local agencies, and the Department of Aging and Rehabilitate Services. The program is designed to scaffold the skills necessary for individual students to obtain gainful post secondary employment. Initial focus targets development of employability skills and career goals through various career development modules. Next, students learn about specific jobs and necessary skill sets, coupled with exposure through observation of work environments. Eventually, job development and social skills are fostered by actually placing students in a limited structured work environment. The final goal is participation in a full one-year program that provides education and onsite employment training. Students completing this program leave school with increased career readiness and self-advocacy through meaningful engagement of job skills training.

Contact:

Tracey Yurechko
Transition Program Coordinator
tyurechko@rcs.k12.va.us
540-562-3900 ext 29037


Fluvanna Shines a Light on Career and Technical Education

Categories: Fluvanna County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Fluvanna County High School welcomed community members for Career & Technical Education (CTE) Open House Night. Participants had the opportunity to meet with CTE teachers, visit classrooms, and see the state of the art equipment that students use in these programs. Students served as tour guides for participants about the courses offered, industry credentials, and asked “R U College and Career Ready?” The programs included: Health and Medical Sciences, Cosmetology and Barbering, Agriculture, Carpentry, TV Production, Engineering, Computer Science, Business and Information Systems, Culinary Arts, and Marketing. Each station included “Did you know?” facts about the program highlighting program successes. Students offered a glimpse into the CTE experience by passing out samples of biscuits, demonstrating the plasma cutter by creating Flying Flucos, and stepping into another world in the TV studio green screen. Over 150 community members attended the event. Participants were repeatedly heard saying, “This is amazing!”

Contact:

Brenda Gilliam
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
bgilliam@apps.fluco.org
434-589-8208


Gaming/Programming

Categories: Roanoke County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the video game industry generated more than $22 billion in revenue in 2014, selling more than 135 million games. More than half of that revenue came from online games. More than 146,000 people in the United States have jobs related to the video game industry. Its clear gaming is a rapidly growing industry. For several years, Roanoke County Public Schools has offered a series of gaming classes to teach students about the gaming industry, and how to develop, design and create games and mobile applications. Students learn how to write using industry-standard programming languages and how to design game elements using industry-standard graphics programs.

Contact:

Jason Suhr
Director of CTE
jsuhr@rcs.k12.va.us
540-562-3700


Giles County Agricultural Land Lab

Categories: Giles County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The goal of the Giles County Agricultural Land Lab is to create a hands-on learning experience for students to study all aspects of production agriculture. To this end, 38 acres of land adjacent to Giles High School is utilized to raise beef cattle, study plant and animal life cycles, and produce a variety of vegetables which are put back into the school system. Incorporating a “learning by doing” philosophy, students from Giles County schools are given the opportunity to gain authentic, hands-on agricultural experiences while gaining knowledge in SOL standards. Students are involved in every aspect of production, and have undertaken projects such as building cattle handling facilities; building interior fencing; installing watering troughs; and designing, building, and installing a geothermal trough heater. The vegetables students grew and harvested from the Land Lab were provided to the schools’ summer lunch program and the local senior center.

Contact:

Ben Woods
Ag. Lab Manager
bwoods@gilescounty.org
(540) 921-1166


Gladys P. Todd Academy

Categories: Fredericksburg City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Gladys P. Todd Academy stems from a partnership between Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg City Schools, Spotsylvania County Schools, and Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. This academic program allows the students to earn an associate’s degree from Germanna Community College, concurrent with a high school diploma. The program allows for mentoring, academic coaching, and participation in cultural enrichment activities. The Gladys P. Todd Academy is designed to ensure college success by providing the students with an opportunity to begin the college process in high school. After successful completion of this program, students will then be able to transition to colleges and universities in Virginia with two years of college coursework already completed. Tuition, fees, books and associated program costs are supported by the Sunshine Lady Foundation. As a result of this program, students will be academically and socially prepared for the college experience.

Contact:

Dr. Harry Thomas III
Director of Instruction
hthomas@cityschools.com
540-372-1130


Health and Medical Science

Categories: Greene County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Greene County Technical Education Center’s Nurse Aide Program is a CTE sequence, consisting of three years of study (Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences, Nurse Aide I, and Nurse Aide II). The introduction course introduces students to the healthcare field. The subsequent years prepare students for employment as a certified nurse aide. The program is very successful due in large part to the structure of the program. The instructor, Mrs. Harlow, thoroughly prepares students for jobs immediately upon graduation or to further their education. Her organizational skills set her apart from many other instructors in her field. Mrs. Harlow is the VA Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association, Region V Director. The strategically selected clinical experiences that are offered to students completely prepare them for the State Board Exam and successful careers. The program saw a 100% pass rate for the 2014 – 2015 school year and almost every year.

Contact:

Hope Harlow
Instructor, R.N.
hharlow@greenecountyschools.com
434-939-9005


Health Sciences

Categories: Winchester City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Winchester Public Schools (WPS) is proud to announce the addition of Medical Laboratory Technology to our Health Science Program. Medical Laboratory Technology was made possible by the generosity of the Claude Moore Foundation. WPS’s Medical Lab program is unique due to the instructor, Randall Gasper. On February 4th, Randall Gasper was approved by the American Medical Certification Association to be a testing proctor for Phlebotomy Technician. This groundbreaking initiative will enable high school students to take the nationally recognized examination that is traditionally associated with college programs. This is a positive for the Winchester Community whose demand for both medical laboratory assistants and phlebotomists is projected to grow 27% by 2022. Students who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to work in these critical shortage areas with medical industries such as our health-care partner Valley Health.

Contact:

James Robertson
Innovation, CTE & Business Partnerships Coordinator
robertsonj@wps.k12.va.us
540-398-8871


Henrico Ready. Set. Hire.

Categories: Henrico County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Henrico County Public Schools teamed up with the Henrico Business Council to play matchmaker for area students and employers at an in-depth hiring event. “Henrico Ready. Set. Hire.” brought together businesses, students, parents and educators to share information and facilitate hiring and job growth in Henrico County. In the weeks leading up to the event, students worked with HCPS staff members and volunteers on interview skills. At “Henrico Ready. Set. Hire.” students had a chance to use their new skills when they met with local business leaders individually. Representatives of 58 local businesses found out more about students enrolled in the cutting-edge training programs offered by Henrico County Public Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education. Students made valuable business contacts, learned new skills and gained knowledge about what employers are seeking. The program received glowing feedback from business participants about the quality and preparedness of the participating HCPS students.

Contact:

Andy Jenks
Director, Communications and Public Relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724


HHS Mentorship Program

Categories: Harrisonburg City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The HHS Mentorship Program is open to all juniors and seniors who desire an intensive career exploration experience in a field of their choice. Students provide their own transportation or use public transportation to spend 3-5 hours each week shadowing and assisting a career mentor. Before being sent out for mentorship, students spend 6 weeks developing workplace readiness skills like resume building, interview and communication techniques, and business etiquette. Some of the ongoing challenges for this program include finding mentor placements in high interest fields like health careers, and considerations related to the age of students. A dedicated Career Experience Specialist teaches the introductory lessons and finds placements for students in addition to monitoring their mentor experience. This year 41 students are exploring careers ranging from planetarium management to surgery to special education and more!

Contact:

Bethany Everidge
Career Experience Program Coordinator
beveridge@harrisonburg.k12.va.us
540-433-2651


HVAC in the Real World

Categories: Henry County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Jerry Byrd's HVAC students have spent time updating/repairing school division equipment, creating/modifying mechanical items for community members, and sharing the importance of air filter and HVAC maintenance with the community. As part of Bassett High School's Green Ribbon Schools initiatives, students gave away filters and shared advice with community members at the Bassett Heritage Festival, as well as providing on-going support for community members who consult them. BHS HVAC students are focused on aiding others with their talents and look forward to using the skills they're learning in class as they move into careers that are central to the function of the local community.

Contact:

Jerry Byrd
Instructor
jebyrd@henry.k12.va.us
276-629-1731


IRON Lives

Categories: Amherst County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

IRON’s mission is to help youth consistently overcome negativity in their lives and communities. Their programs for secondary education students develop these youth into positive adults who change the world.
IRON programs fulfill their mission by building character, teaching respect and professionalism, developing leadership skills, and promoting selflessness through community service. IRON members are held accountable by IRON mentors (teachers) who contribute countless hours of their personal time hosting weekly meetings and supervising purposeful activities. These programs include professionalism workshops such as resume writing, dress for success seminars, and college visitations ultimately culminating in mock interviews with community and business leaders. Additionally, IRON students engage in community service projects with the Salvation Army, Daily Bread, Gleaning for the World, United Way, and other local community groups. IRON programs collaborate with local colleges to host personal development activities including trips to see college football games, college fashion shows, and inspirational speakers.

Contact:

Derrick Brown
Assistant Principal of Amherst Middle School
iron@ironlives.com
866-288-4766


James River High School, Rapids Credit Union Branch

Categories: Chesterfield County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Chesterfield Federal Credit Union formed a partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools to open the first student-run credit union branch within James River High School to promote financial literacy and to prepare students for the work force. We share the goal to teach money management skills that will prepare students to manage their finances responsibly as young adults. Students gain real world financial experience with real money and real accounts so they can better manage their financial lives as adults. The Rapids Branch is staffed by JRHS students who have been hired and trained as employees of Chesterfield Federal Credit Union. These students run a fully operational branch, develop and execute business plans, and teach their members the value of sound financial management. A teacher sponsor and other credit union employees provide support and assistance. This unique opportunity for students is reflective of our commitment to financial education.

Contact:

Jeffrey Ellick
Principal
Jeff_Ellick@ccpsnet.net
(804) 378-2420


Job Shadowing

Categories: Galax City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Galax City Schools is a small school system with a limited CTE program. We lack the resources to offer a number of programs. This adds to the difficulties in preparing students for jobs that are in high demand. To combat this, the CTE Department has created partnerships with a number of local businesses to set up job shadowing opportunities with students in the upper grades. These partnerships are made possible through an innovative schedule. This schedule allows for full or part day shadowing opportunities and has attracted a great deal of student interest. Students may choose to shadow with a number of different programs, including the hospital, dentists, optometrists, architects, and engineers. In addition, students may choose to work with several different industries to explore CNC design and development. The alternate schedule (The Intersession) is scheduled twice; once in the October and once in late February. The main focus of the intersession is remediation, but all upper high school students have the opportunity to participate in a shadowing experience.

Contact:

Bill Sutherland
CTE Director
billsutherland@gcps.k12.va.us
276-233-4815


Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG)

Categories: Smyth County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The purpose of the Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) program at Smyth Career and Technology Center is to serve disadvantaged and at-risk high school seniors. The program supports students as they graduate from high school and continue their education or transition from school to work. Students move beyond classroom instruction to learn skills that will allow them to successfully bridge the gap between mastering their chosen trade and starting a successful career. Our ultimate goal is to increase their employability skills upon graduation. Some of the skills learned include resume writing, interviewing, time-management, personal responsibility, and decision making. Students in the JVG program are tracked after graduation for one year to ensure their success. The program benefits our students and our local industry.

Contact:

Songia Widener
Director of Career and Technical Education
songiawidener@scsb.org
276-646-8117


Leadership Learning Exchange: Leveraging Internal & External Resources to Support Staff Development

Categories: Spotsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Spotsylvania County Public Schools has designed an annual Leadership Learning Exchange that offers educators an opportunity to share skills and experiences while learning about new opportunities to support their own leadership and professional growth. Internal leadership and talent are utilized to share an education problem, the process used to solve the problem, the leadership skills necessary to solve the problem, and sustain improvement. This year, students participated by demonstrating their own leadership skills and offering their insights on what it is like to learn in today’s classroom with testimonials about 21st century teaching and learning that are making a difference for them. In addition, external resources from the surrounding community, including representatives from Virginia Community Colleges, Universities, and businesses, offer support and new perspectives on leadership topics, learning opportunities, and also their own resources to support ongoing leadership learning and problem solving after the Exchange.

Contact:

Jan Streich
Director of Growth & Innovation
jstreich@spotsylvania.k12.va.us
540-834-2500


Macy’s Career Day

Categories: Giles County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Macy’s 4th annual Career Day showcased 24 speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Students in grades first through seventh experienced a variety of careers as three speakers discussed their career in each grade level. Students rotated every 30 minutes to a different speaker so they could ask questions and hear detailed information about a specific career. Our goal is by the time our students go through our school they will have had in-depth discussion and information on a large variety of careers. Those who participated were: engineer, surveyor, detective, teacher, scientist, nurse, salesman, horticulturalist, vocational information presented by high school students, attorney, extension agent, real estate agent, building inspector, education administrator, sheriff, US Marshall, truck driver, dentist, physical therapist, news reporter and veterinarian.

Contact:

Jared Rader
Principal
rader@gilesk12.org
(540) 921-1363


Maggie Walker Governor’s School Senior Mentorships

Categories: Governor's Schools, CTE Centers, Etc., Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Students desiring a more individual study of a field of interest may pursue a mentorship off of the MLWGS campus, meeting each Friday with the MLWGS Mentorship Coordinator to discuss their progress. Students electing this approach must complete a minimum of 115 hours of field experience with all documentation and assessments required for a passing mark in the Mentorship Program, complete a minimum of 25 hours meeting with the Mentorship Coordinator on Fridays to ensure all activities and assessments are completed, and complete a research project consisting of the research process, a product, research paper and professional presentation at Showcase. In recent years, mentorships have taken place at VCU Health System Neurosurgery Department, University of Richmond Department of History, Richmond City Circuit Court, Federal Public Defender's Office, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Science Museum of Virginia, Greater Richmond Convention Center, HKS Architecture, Price Studio, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Media General.

Contact:

Sharon Parker
Program Coordinator
sparker@gsgis.k12.va.us
804-354-6800


Maggie Walker Governor’s School Senior Seminar Program

Categories: Governor's Schools, CTE Centers, Etc., Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Senior Seminars provide wonderful opportunities for students to explore areas of personal interest and complete their senior research requirement. Students engage in field-based research, create a product, write a research paper, and present at Senior Showcase. Students earn two university credits (pass/fail) in Research Methods upon successful completion of all requirements of the Senior Seminar Program. School-based research seminars are guided by a MLWGS faculty facilitator or a professional community facilitator and are structured around a broad organizing theme of mutual interest. Seminar students undertake a research project and write a paper on a topic of interest related to the seminar theme and that is approved by the seminar instructor. Each seminar group also works together as a class to create a professional presentation for Showcase.

Contact:

Sharon Parker
Program Coordinator
sparker@gsgis.k12.va.us
804-354-6800


Martinsville High School Internship Program

Categories: Martinsville City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Martinsville High School Internship Program gives students the opportunity to apply the learning from their high school coursework into a meaningful and on-thejob experience. Students are responsible for finding a business or organization willing to host them for a nonpaid internship for a semester. The student is responsible for completing necessary paperwork, maintaining a daily record of activities through the Educational Activities Log and, in conjunction with the employer, establishing well-defined learning objectives relative to the course of study. This experience is invaluable to students as they make plans for their future education and employment. We have observed an increased level of accountability and maturity in those students participating in this program. Coursework across subject areas benefits from the increased attention to time management and preparation for the future.

Description:

Todd Cassell
Coordinator of Career Development
tcassell@martinsville.k12.va.us
(276) 403-5870


Massanutten Technical Center - Career and Technical Education Pavilion

Categories: Governor's Schools, CTE Centers, Etc., Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Divisions:

Rockingham County Public Schools/Harrisonburg City Schools

Description:

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Virginia and Massanutten Technical Center (MTC), with cooperation of the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, constructed an 80' X 30' pavilion for Career and Technical Education. The main purpose of the pavilion is to showcase the skills and talents of students from local technical schools. MTC students competed in the 2015 AGC Skills Competitions in the new Career and Technical Education Pavilion during the Rockingham County Fair. Students participated in either Carpentry, Masonry, HVAC, or Electrical. Winners of the competitions received $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place. The AGC and MTC can not thank all of the local businesses enough for donating materials and labor to make our dreams become a reality. A true community effort!

Contact:

W. Marshall Price
Director - Massanutten Technical Center
mprice@rockingham.k12.va.us
540-434-5961


MCPS STEM Pipeline

Categories: Martinsville City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The MCPS STEM Pipeline is a pre K – 12 imitative focusing on developing the skills and interests of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career pathways. We have designed three programs for each of our school levels: We ENspire Interest (Pre K – 4th Grade), We ENgage Learners (5th – 8th Grade), and We ENgineer the Future (9th – 12th Grade). The skills developed in STEM classes reinforce the academic skills required to be successful in all subject areas. STEM classes allow students to approach challenges and solve them creatively therefore, building and reinforcing skills that will be used for a lifetime.

Contact:

Angilee Downing
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
adowning@martinsville.k12.va.us
(276) 403-5820


Mechatronics

Categories: Chesapeake City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

In 2015, Chesapeake Public Schools has partnered with Tidewater Community College to provide an opportunity for 27 high school students to prepare for in demand jobs in the exciting and challenging field of mechatronics. Mechatronics is the study of electricity, electronics, and robotics-- all the things that are used in modern manufacturing. Rising high school freshmen sign up for TCC/CPS Dual Enrollment: Mechatronics program. Enrolled students will be on a special career pathway that includes taking selected classes in their high schools for the first two years, working toward a standard high school diploma and a recognized industry credential in electronics. During the final two years of high school, some classes will be held on TCC’s Chesapeake Campus, where students will get hands-on training in the Precision Machining Lab and earn a Career Studies Certificate in Mechatronics.

Contact:

Grant Stanley
Supervisor of Career and Technical Education
grant.stanley@cpschools.com
757-547-0153


Meeting the Needs of Students through a More Diversified and Relevant Summer School Experience

Categories: Fredericksburg City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

In response to the federal and state education agencies efforts to ensure that our youth are “college and career ready” upon departure from high school, Fredericksburg City Public Schools restructured the summer academic programs in a threefold manner: 1. Mandatory participation for students who met specified criteria; 2. An emphasis on data driven literacy and numeracy proficiency; 3. Experiential instructional methodologies that are mastery-based. The students who participated in the summer program experienced diverse methods of instruction. Students received computer-based instruction that was individualized and student-centered. Participants were given direct instruction from a master teacher with documented success on the Standards of Learning assessments. Lastly, students were guided by teaching assistants (college students) for activity-based instruction, which provided concrete activities that reinforced academic concepts presented during direct instruction. The enumerated instructional stations were provided to the students through class meetings during the course of the four hour school day.

Contact:

Dr. Harry Thomas III
Director of Instruction
hthomas@cityschools.com
540-372-1130


Mentoring Minute

Categories: Sussex County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

In recognition of Career Week, Elementary, Middle and High School students are selected to participate in the Mentoring Minute Program. The purpose of the Mentoring Minute Program is to give students the opportunity to gain valuable insight about the importance of a good education, career goals and planning for the future. Students are allowed to interview our Division Superintendent as well as other employees of our Central Office staff. In addition to sharing their educational experience, and giving a description of what they do on a daily basis, each staff member provides their response to the following question: "Other than a good education, in your opinion, what is the second most important trait you possess that makes you successful at what you do?

Contact:

Leatha Baker
Middle School Counselor
lbaker@sussex.k12.va.us
434-246-2251


MPHS and NVCC Pathway to CyberSecurity

Categories: Manassas Park City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Virginia Department of Education reports that there are more than 17,000 unfilled jobs in CyberSecurity related fields in Virginia. In order to help students prepare to fill this need, Manassas Park High School and Northern Virginia Community College have partnered to provide course work that will lead students to degrees or certifications in cyber technology. Startup funding for the project has been provided by the Micron Corporation. The pilot kicked off this January and includes eighteen students enrolled in two introductory dual enrollment courses, ITE 115 and ITN 100. These courses are taught by NVCC staff at MPHS during the regular school day. Phase two, to be implemented in 2016-2017, will provide a pathway for a cohort of students to complete coursework toward earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in CyberSecurity. The goal is for students to complete the majority of program requirements before graduation from high school.

Contact:

Jeffrey Jackson
jeff.jackson@mpark.net
703-335-8855


NCPS Internship Program

Categories: Nelson County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Nelson County High School’s Internship Program offers work- based learning opportunities to high school juniors and seniors. The program is designed for students who wish to experience “first hand” the work environment for a particular career pathway. Students, who participate, work with a business professional in the community to gain work related experience and insight into their chosen career area. Participation in this program requires the student to complete an application packet, to participate in a preliminary work readiness session and/or business interview prior to beginning the site experience, and to share their work based learning experiences with others. Since the program was implemented a year ago, the program has seen an increase in participation and is receiving positive feedback. The NCPS internship program has been successful in allowing students to experience the world of work in a real work environment. Additionally, it allows students to interact with the business community, to make connections between the knowledge taught in the classroom, skill sets needed for employment and practical application of soft skills needed in business and work environment. Additionally, the internship program allows CTE teachers to stay abreast of the changing workplace, skills required and curriculum that should be taught to better prepare students for the world of work.

Contact:

Sandra McKenzie
Career and Technical Education Director
smckenzie@neslon.k12.va.us
434-260-7646


New CTE Offerings

Categories: Roanoke County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Many jobs and careers are emerging in the cybersecurity field. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) is offering a cybersecurity class to help students begin their career path in the growing cybersecurity field to protect computer networks and other forms of digital communication. Through a partnership with Radford University, students will learn about the main areas of cybersecurity: Cybersecurity foundations, social engineering, cyber forensics, and personal cybersecurity. Students will become familiar with the best practices of cybersecurity to protect computer networks. Also, RCPS is partnering with the Roanoke County Fire & EMS Department to teach EMT I classes beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The medical field is growing steadily and rescue departments across the nation are in need of trained EMT workers. By offering these courses, we are giving high school students an early start on a career in the medical field.

Contact:

Jason Suhr
Director of CTE
jsuhr@rcs.k12.va.us
540-562-3700


Newport News Apprenticeship Program Boosts Workforce Talent

Categories: Newport News, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The NNPS Apprenticeship Program was developed to help support staff hone their workplace skills and enhance leadership and career-advancement opportunities while building job satisfaction and reducing employee turnover. The program also shows staff the impact of their jobs on students and how their work can improve the learning environment. Through this initiative, employees in Child Nutrition, Custodial, Transportation and Clerical positions are eligible for registered apprenticeship programs approved by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. The NNPS program consists of 288 hours of classroom work and over 2,000 hours of on-the-job training in partnership with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and Thomas Nelson Community College. Participants receive continuing education unit credits and the opportunity for promotions. The program has tapped the career-building aspirations of many employees and, based on the extremely positive reception, there are plans to expand it to other career fields.

Contact:

Leslie Marble
Human Resources Supervisor II
leslie.marble@nn.k12.va.us
757-881-5061 ext. 11104


Newport News Students Build Career Opportunities Over Breakfast

Categories: Newport News, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Career Pathways Breakfast with A Professional series provides opportunities for Newport News Public Schools students to engage in conversations with professionals who represent careers the students may be interested in pursuing. Students prepare questions to ask professionals, and over the course of an hour the participants eat and talk -- in much the same way as they would at a professional networking event. Students learn valuable information from the career professionals about educational requirements, day-to-day expectations of the position, potential earnings, as well as career readiness skills important for success in the field. There is no charge for the students or the professionals to participate. Since it began, the breakfast series has connected thousands of students from across Newport News Public Schools with hundreds of professionals from our community.

Contact:

Dr. Ann Ifekwunigwe
Program Administrator, College, Career and Citizen Readiness
ann.ifekwunigwe@nn.k12.va.us
757-283-7850 x10526


Norfolk Technical Centers Connecting High School to College and Career Initiative

Categories: Norfolk City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Norfolk Technical Center (NTC) is committed to providing a bridge from high school to college and career for all students. By combining rigorous instruction, hands on training, and partnerships with community organizations we are able to provide a comprehensive and exciting program of study for all of our students. NTC has two signature events that promote and prepare our students for life after high school. The first event is our annual College and Career fair. NTC hosts over sixty colleges and business. Students spend the morning visiting and speaking with the colleges and businesses. Our second event is our annual Mock Interviews. Each senior student participates in a Mock Interview. Many of our College and Career fair participants serve as interviewers. These two events expose our students to life after high school, give them confidence, and provide them information to make informed decisions regarding college and careers.

Contact:

Kevin Monroe
Principal
kmonroe1@nps.k12.va.us
757-289-1891


Occupational Health and Safety Administration 10-Hour General Industry Training

Categories: Hampton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The OSHA 10-Hour General Industry training is provided to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in Construction Technology and Production System courses. The training is designed to equip students entering the workforce with basic safety awareness and knowledge about workplace hazards within their chosen career field. According to OSHA, “The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.” Upon completion of the training, students are provided with an OSHA credential card that demonstrates to employers that they are OSHA Safety Certified. This OSHA certification increases student employability and gives our students a competitive edge in the job market.

Contact:

Whitney Ketchledge
Director of Career and Technical Education
wketchledge@hampton.k12.va.us
757-727-2466


Practical Spanish Component of Louisa County High School CTE coursework

Categories: Louisa County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Louisa County High School’s Career and Technical Education classes now feature a functional Spanish language component. Doug Bowman, Spanish teacher at LCHS, visits CTE classes weekly during a flexible period added to his schedule. He develops vocabularyheavy mini-lessons that delve directly into subject matter. For example, nursing classes learn Spanish words for body parts and medical equipment, while landscaping students learns terms for tools and techniques. Many students have taken some Spanish, so the additional exposure extends that foundation into their chosen fields of interest. Lessons do not include verb conjugation or sentence structure as the goal is simply to build vocabulary that can help facilitate basic communication. That relaxed focus also keeps the lessons light, fun, and engaging. This innovative crosscurricular effort is creating stronger students today, better workers tomorrow, and will lead to higher levels of service for customers and co-workers who speak Spanish in the area.

Contact:

Greg Dorazio
Public Information Specialist
doraziga@lcps.k12.va.us
540-872-1080
 


Precision Machining Technology/Advanced Manufacturing Program

Categories: Pittsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

In the fall of 2013, the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center introduced a new state-of-the-art Precision Machining Technology/Advanced Manufacturing Program to its first group of students. This program provides students with cutting-edge instruction and hands-on access to advanced equipment in precision machining and advanced manufacturing. The students become comfortable and confident with program software, engineering design techniques and industry standards. Students learn how to take a concept of a part, design it, and machine it into a final working product. Through this process, students learn to be precise with their calculations and efficient in their design and become experts in machining technically advanced pieces. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn certifications from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Also, students matriculate to Danville Community College and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for advanced training.

Contact:

Dr. Mark R. Jones
Division Superintendent
mark.jones@pcs.k12.va.us
(434) 432-2761


Project Management Used to Enhance Efficiency and Collaboration for Chesterfield County Public Schoo

Categories: Chesterfield County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Chesterfield’s Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) turned to online project management software vendor LiquidPlanner to provide a system to support the Division’s “Design for Excellence” requirements. As a result of CTE’s success, the Department of Research and Evaluation now uses LiquidPlanner. According to industry research, employing a project management system provides analytical data tools necessary to maximize efforts and to evaluate each project’s success. Staff is able to classify tasks and assign them to categories, for the division, schools, adult education and technical centers. Departments are now able to keep everyone in sync, manage personal and professional growth and take planning and project management to its highest level. Two project management focused curricula offered in Chesterfield are the first stand-alone Project Management class in Virginia and the Meadowbrook Academy for Digital Entrepreneurship. Students in both programs have the opportunity to earn a Certified Associate in Project Management.

Contact:

David Eshelman, EdD
Director of Career and Technical Education
david_eshelman@ccpsnet.net
804-639-8668 x1040


Project SEARCH

Categories: Staunton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Augusta Health Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort among three school divisions: Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro, the Virginia Department of Education, Augusta Health, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and Career Support Services. An imbedded teacher and job coach work alongside 18-21 year old students with active IEPS in multiple internship sites within the hospital with an end goal of competitive employment for every student. Students are responsible for the same duties as full-time hospital employees, including completing employee orientation and background checks. This is our first year, with 9 students enrolled. After the first internship, one student has been competitively employed by the hospital. Students have demonstrated consistent gains in self advocacy, communication, working independently and as part of a group, and organizational skills. Students begin and end each day with classroom instruction covering topics such as money management, selfadvocacy, and how to interact with co-workers.

Contact:

Dr. Jelisa Coltrane Wolfe
Executive Director of Student Services
jwolfe@staunton.k12.va.us
(540) 332-3934


Re-Thinking CTE: Our Process for Reform in Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS)

Categories: Manassas City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Is the MCPS CTE program an elective program that gives students exposure to careers; or, is the MCPS CTE program a technical program that actively prepares students for careers? This question is central to the reform process currently underway. Changing from an elective program to a technical program will require both the reallocation of current resources and significant investment in additional resources. Changes and increases related to financial, personnel, and material resources, in the absence of unlimited funding opportunities, will require adjustments to current and future programming. In this session, we will share our planning process, to include the application for a Governor’s STEM Academy, and 3 year implementation timeline developed to create a CTE program that both meets the needs of the MCPS student body and the larger City of Manassas community.

Contact:

Dr. Melissa Saunders
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
msaunders@mcpsva.org
571-377-6007


Richmond Technical Center Mock Interview Program

Categories: Richmond City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Richmond Technical Center and Bon Secours Richmond Health System hosted its annual Industry/Business Mock Job Interview in honor of celebrating CTE Month. Over 1200 students dressed in business attire were interviewed by 102 business/industry volunteers as an effort to assist students with developing essential workplace readiness skills. Students were rated on introductions, resume, appearance, mannerisms, voice level, presentation, articulation of skills/abilities, and career research. Interpreters were also present to support our ESL students.

Contact:

Nancy Holmes
Principal, Richmond Technical Center
nholmes@richmond.k12.va.us
804.780.6237


Rockin’ R Robotics

Categories: Radford City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Rockin' R Robotics team under the direction of Jennifer Eller is a partnership between Dalton Intermediate School and Career and Technical Education. Eleven eighth grade students participated in this brand new initiative this year utilizing the FIRST Tech Challenge team program. The FIRST Tech Challenge provides team members with a challenging, technology-rich STEAM playground that inspires them to investigate careers in these fields. In addition, the competition component of this program requires each team to create a robot that can pick up debris, place debris in various locations, climb a ramp, release climbers from a zip line, and hang from a bar. Ultimately, after several levels of competitions, the Rockin' R Robotics team placed 6th in the state (an incredible accomplishment for the first year). In closing, Mrs. Eller has also developed numerous community partnerships. Kollmorgen has provided two engineers that meet with the team twice each week. Several local businesses have donated financially to the team, and the Radford Chamber of Commerce donated as well. Several donations were also received in memory of Mrs. Eller's mother who passed away in October. In closing, this new program has been successful in enhancing student experiences, knowledge and achievement, while also promoting many valuable partnerships within the greater community.

Contact:

Jennifer Eller
Teacher / Robotics Coach
jeller@rcps.org
540-731-3651


Rowanty Technical Center

Categories: Governor's Schools, CTE Centers, Etc., Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Divisions:

Prince George/Sussex/Dinwiddie

Description:

Rowanty Technical Center has begun to utilize its program and building as a learning laboratory. Students are able to add practical skill sets in real life situations to their resumes and portfolios. This is an extension of project-based learning incorporating workplace readiness skills.

Contact:

Cheryl Simmers
Principal
csimmers@rowanty.us
434-246-5741


RVA Future Centers

Categories: Roanoke City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

RVA Future Centers offer an exciting new opportunity aimed at increasing the number of Richmond Public Schools graduates accessing quality post-high school college and career opportunities, by providing a strong system of support, information, and assistance to RPS high school students. The long-term vision is to provide meaningful non-financial and financial support to all RPS high school students, before, during and after graduation, to bolster students’ long-term educational and economic success after high school. This is a collaborative initiative between the City of Richmond, Richmond Public Schools, and the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation. Each of the five comprehensive high schools have an RVA Future Center staffed by a dedicated professional to create, organize, and implement career/college activities focused on student success beyond high school.

Contact:

Toria Howell
Program Director, RVA Future Centers
thowell@richmond.k12.va.us
804-780-8623


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy

Categories: Pittsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy for Pittsylvania County Schools serves more than 2,000 students in grades 5, 7 and 9. Each student served visits the Academy for approximately 2.5 hours every 5 weeks. The mission of the STEM Academy is to give instructional experiences to students through the use of technology. The STEM instruction is aligned with the Standards of Learning to ensure students are applying knowledge of all core areas as they problem solve and focus on the design process. The Academy allows students to explore career fields in engineering and technology, to experience STEM learning with various technologies, to delve deeply into experiments, and to become immersed in hands-on learning and problem solving. After visiting the STEM Academy, teachers are provided additional resources to continue the instruction in their classrooms. STEM instructors also provide workshops and assistance to the classroom teachers in all grade levels.

Contact:

Dr. Mark R. Jones
Division Superintendent
mark.jones@pcs.k12.va.us
(434) 432-2761


Senior Government Internship

Categories: Fauquier County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Fauquier County has added a new elective for its high school seniors in History and Social Science that provides an opportunity to intern with local government agencies. Students have been placed as interns with the Board of Supervisors, Economic Development, Community Development, the Airport, Social Services, the Historical Society, Environmental Services and Soil Conservation. Seniors work with their agency department heads to develop a project that must have a positive impact on the community. Interns must present these projects to a community audience at the end of the school term. Interns also study leadership styles and agency operation. Projects completed by interns include adding a historical exhibit to the “Old Jail” Museum and proposing an “Eco Fair” for businesses. Several interns have been offered opportunities beyond their placements because of their success. Student feedback includes “this was the best experience I could have ever asked for in high school.”

Contact:

Amy Acors
Supervisor, History and Social Science
aacors@fcps1.org
540-422-7018


Shenandoah County Students Participate in WoW! Career Expo

Categories: Shenandoah County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Shenandoah County Public Schools’ seventh graders were among the 2,800 students who participated in the 2015 Worlds of Work Expo held in Winchester, VA. WoW!, a collaborative regional effort among seven divisions and local EDA’s, supported Academic and Career Plan development. Katie Rice, CTM/STEM Supervisor for SCPS, described this event as “an interactive, hands-on career expo for all seventh graders from seven area school divisions.” Students were given a passport and asked to visit all eight Worlds of Work. In these work areas, students’ passports were stamped certifying they had completed at least one activity in that area. Eighty area businesses provided hands-on, authentic experiences for students. Worlds were selected based on regional employment data. The state mandates that seventh graders develop career plans. Of the almost 3,000 students attending, 93% of students felt the career expo “definitely” or “somewhat” helped with ideas for their career choices.

Contact:

Katie Rice
Supervisor of CTE/STEM
klrice@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-477-3161


Shenandoah County’s PLTW Biomedical Science Academy

Categories: Shenandoah County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Shenandoah County Public Schools proudly launched their Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Academy in the fall of 2015. A four-year partnership with Valley Health, which had been established to create a pipeline of students into health science careers, was the impetus for the Biomedical Academy. In addition, the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Foundation assisted with grant start-up funds and hosted a Health Science Careers Expo to recruit freshmen. The Biomedical Science Academy is a three year, half-day program housed at Central High School. Students engage collaboratively in hands-on, project-based learning that integrates biomedical science courses, traditional science, and English courses all taught from a health care science perspective. There is a strong career exploration component as well. Shenandoah County Public Schools chose the PLTW program because PLTW is a non-profit organization and the nation’s leader in providing STEM programs for schools.

Contact:

Katie Rice
Supervisor of CTE/STEM
klrice@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-477-3161


State-of-the-art Advanced Welding Lab

Categories: Botetourt County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Botetourt County Public Schools unveiled a new state-of-the-art advanced welding lab located in Botetourt Technical Education Center (BTEC) in May 2015. The new lab is a joint project between the Botetourt Education Foundation, Botetourt County Public Schools, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and local businesses and industry in an effort to increase the number of welding students and to provide state-of-the-art training. The facility hopes to become the first high school AWS Accredited Testing Facility in the nation. This project received extra funding from a grant given by the Allegheny Foundation and the Governor’s Competition for Talent Solutions Grant.

Contact:

Jim Bradshaw
Principal, BTEC
jbradshaw@bcps.k12.va.us
540-473-8216


STEM Connection

Categories: Radford City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

STEM connection is a class for all approximately 505 students in Belle Heth Elementary School, grades 3-6. The program is in its first year and was created to provide more opportunities in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. All students receive STEM 35 minutes per week as they do Music Art, and other specialty classes. STEM has its own committee, that includes a teacher from every grade level, technology and art teachers, Principal, and Gifted Coordinator for the division. This team has collaborated to create projects that extend and build upon the classroom curriculum for each grade level. For example, in 3rd grade, students learn about Ancient Greece and Rome so in STEM they created aqua ducts and discussed the purpose. Each 9 weeks grading period, allows STEM to enrich activities in the classroom and provide more in-depth study and hands on experiences. STEM has certainly brought about improvements in not only student achievement but student motivation. Students love STEM and do not want to miss this connection class. Our next step with STEM is problem based learning and involving our local businesses to partner with us to provide real life problem solving around community challenges. We are thrilled with this year's implementation and excited for the future of STEM at Belle Heth Elementary.

Contact:

Frank Leighton
STEM teacher
fleighton@rcps.org
540-731-3653


STEM Lab

Categories: Colonial Heights City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Curriculum Enhancement Effort: Offers engaging, hands on and interdisciplinary activities. Activities include division wide developed STEM lessons, class and grade level lessons, and co-teaching interactive lessons in partnership with the Math/Science Innovation Center. Instructional time is maximized because teachers are able to set up the lab with the materials left out all day. Lessons are grade/age appropriate, crosscurricular, and provide hands on experiences where critical thinking skills are developed and discussion is encouraged.

Contact:

David Staples
Principal of Tussing Elementary School
David_Staples@colonialhts.net
(804) 524-3440


Stuarts Draft High School Manufacturing Engineering Technical Program

Categories: Augusta County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The SDHS Manufacturing Program’s goal is to introduce manufacturing engineering concepts to prepare students with technical skills to succeed in industry. We also seek to increase STEM education in underrepresented demographics and have increased female enrollment from 5% to 25%. Students have the option to receive dual-enrollment college credit. The majority of the program is based not on lectures, but on first-hand application. Students work on training stations to hone technical skills in areas including Computer Numerical Controls, Pneumatic Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers, and AC/DC Electrical Component Wiring. The trainers that we use in the classroom are the very trainers that many leading industries use. Thus, those students who enter the workforce rather than seek higher degrees will graduate already having completed crucial trainings to succeed in industry. After training at work stations, students apply concepts to practical projects which also encourage cooperative team work skills and process analysis.

Contact:

Lisa Shifflett
Curriculum Supervisor
lshifflett@augusta.k12.va.us
540-245-5120


Student Operated Credit Union

Categories: Hampton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Hampton Roads Educators’ Credit Union (HRECU) has partnered with Hampton High School to facilitate a student operated credit union branch since 2009. HHS students operate the HRECU student branch under the supervision of HRECU staff and a teacher liaison. Students gain hands-on, practical work experience performing teller activities electronically through CAMSii teller software, including all cash and/or check transactions, making loan payments, selling Visa gift cards, and AMC movie tickets. Students open, close, and balance drawers, and maintain the daily branch opening record keeping system. They create promotional activities to increase awareness and membership by creating flyers, bulletin boards, and announcements. Students demonstrate integrity in handling confidential and financial records, work collaboratively to enhance member experiences, and act professionally and courteously. The students enrolled in this program are gaining life-long learning, job acquisition skills, and gaining a strong foundation for keeping their own personal finances.

Contact:

Whitney Ketchledge
Director of Career and Technical Education
wketchledge@hampton.k12.va.us
757-727-2466


Student Technology Assistants Program

Categories: Mathews County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Student Technology Assistant Program consists of one paid student and two volunteer students who work a few hours after school and 4 days a week over summer vacation. As students graduate or move out of the program, new students are selected by teachers at the middle school. The program is an apprenticeship where the Division Technology Coordinator trains the older students and these students train the younger participants. Student Technology Assistants collectively perform the same duties that previously had been done by support staff. This includes classroom computer imaging, repair, setup, software installation, laptop keyboards and screens replacements, network cabling and install/replace wireless access points. The work these students perform in teacher classrooms throughout the District enables all students to have access to properly functioning technology systems. Program participants also gain marketable workforce skills in Technology Systems and experience working with adults and students in a workplace environment.

Contact:

William T. Vrooman
Division Technology Coordinator
wvrooman@mathews.k12.va.us
804-725-3909 ext 2179


Student-Run Business

Categories: Henry County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Annually, students in Deborah Barker's horticulture program learn the daily operation of a greenhouse. Students serve as business operators as well as gardeners as they produce the area's most coveted flower bed components, holiday wreaths and poinsettias, and seasonal corsages, decorations, and arrangements. In addition to running a self-sufficient program in a state-of-the-art greenhouse, students put on an annual wedding show and provide decorative balloon art and floral arrangements for community events. The skills they are learning in both the greenhouse and the accounting office are preparing them for lucrative futures.

Contact:

Deborah Barker
Instructor
dbarker@henry.k12.va.us
276-956-3147


TEACH - Transitional Employment Education for Alleghany County High

Categories: Alleghany County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The TEACH program is an innovative program that includes classroom instruction and on-the-job coaching designed to help students with significant cognitive disabilities become successful contributors in the workforce. Participants learn the necessary skills to become successful in a competitive workplace environment. Through classroom instruction in hard and soft job skills and hands-on learning experiences, the students learn valuable social skills, communication skills, work ethics, safety skills and other skills necessary for employability. Seven community businesses have partnered with the TEACH program allowing the students to work and train with a coach in the real work environment. The student gains first-hand knowledge of business practices and a wide range of work experiences that educate the student to employer expectations. Students go on to further job specific training at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, apply for employment with participating partners and other community businesses upon graduation, and have been hired by partners.

Contact:

Cheryl Brown
Transition Employment Specialist
cbrown@alleghany.k12.va.us
540-863-1700


Teacher Scholars’ Program

Categories: Henrico County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

High school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program, which accepted its first group of participants in 2015, is a homegrown way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The school division is experiencing teacher shortages in math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education, and family and consumer sciences. The students agree to earn a teaching degree or complete an undergraduate degree in one of the content shortage areas. When they graduate from college, HCPS guarantees them a teaching position, along with $5,000. Teacher Scholars agree to teach in Henrico County schools for at least three years and to be placed where they are most needed. Should they leave the school system before three years, they are required to repay the $5,000. Up to 15 high school seniors are selected for the program each year. Participants can opt out of the program at any time during college without penalty.

Contact:

Andy Jenks
Director, Communications and Public Relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724


Teachers for Tomorrow

Categories: Page County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Page County Public Schools believes in growing their own. Page County High School’s “Teachers for Tomorrow” program is aimed at doing exactly this. In this program students learn from the perspective of a student and teacher. Students complete a field placement at a local elementary school and hear from various school personnel through presentations and interviews. As part of this program, students earn their Para-Pro certification and then can work as teacher assistants during an internship block their senior year. For example one student who completed this program used their intern block to teach Algebra I in targeted groups under the direction of the content teacher. Her efforts helped to improve SOL achievement for many students and ultimately the school. In addition, “Teachers for Tomorrow” students have gone on to hold state and national offices while being provided invaluable practical experience in a field they wish to pursue as a career.

Contact:

Sheila McKay
Secondary Business Teacher
smckay@pagecounty.k12.va.us
540-652-8712


Technical Center Advisory Program

Categories: Richmond County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Over 100 people were present at the Northern Neck Technical Center Advisory Banquet held October 27th on the grounds of the Northern Neck Technical Center Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies. Superintendents, Board members, teachers, student representatives, and many local businesses participated in the annual meeting.

Contact:

Dr. Bernard S. Davis III
Principal
bdavis@northernnecktech.org
(804) 333-4940


Triplett Tech Awareness Day

Categories: Shenandoah County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Connie Pangle, Principal of Triplett Tech, hosted a “Triplett Tech Awareness Day” so that Shenandoah County Public Schools’ educators might gain a better understanding of career and technical courses offered at Triplett. “As they make recommendations to students for career and technical programs,” said Ms. Pangle, “school counselors and special education teachers especially ought to know what skills a student needs to bring to a program. What prerequisite skills might be essential for a student to be successful with that trade?” The best way to become aware, Ms. Pangle decided, was through hands-on participation. On a professional day when there was no school for students, central office administrators, special education teachers, and school counselors reported to Triplett for a day of twenty-minute classes. These professionals tried their hands at different trades and learned from the teachers and student volunteers. “The Awareness Day did make a difference,” said Ms. Pangle.

Contact:

Connie Pangle
Principal, Triplett Tech
crpangle@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-477-3161


Valley Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program

Categories: Augusta County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Valley Career & Technical Center’s Practical Nursing program has created a culture that embraces the functions of mentoring, role modeling and caring for each student holistically. Each student’s qualities and gifts as a caregiver are enhanced through encouraging personal, professional, spiritual, and emotional growth. This growth and development is essential for entry level LPN’s as they prepare to enter the ever-changing healthcare environment ready to meet the needs of and challenges presented by the individuals in their care. The program maintains the high standards of academic attainment and employment success through the interaction of a committed faculty, numerous clinical preceptors, and sincerely invested students. These high expectations are substantiated by our recent #1 ranking (in Virginia) by PracticalNursing.org, multiple state HOSA winners, three national HOSA winners, as well as our continued 100% pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam.

Contact:

Lisa Shifflett
Curriculum Supervisor
lshifflett@augusta.k12.va.us
540-245-5120


VBCPS STIHL TCC Apprenticeship Program

Categories: Virginia Beach City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

VBCPS STIHL TCC Apprenticeship Program- Virginia Beach City Public Schools is proud to announce the pre-apprentice program partnership with manufacturing partner STIHL, Inc. and TCC. This program encourages students enrolled in the VBCPS Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Engineering Technology two year program to be dual enrolled at TCC and take courses in the Mechatronics program that the STIHL apprentices are required to complete. Students in their junior or senior year participate in a 9 week, on-site preapprentice experience two days a week at the plant. Students gain understandings of modern manufacturing processes and procedures. Certification opportunities include certified FANUC operator, Certified Solidworks Associate, MS1 and MT1. STIHL has offered advanced status to an Engineerin Technology student applying to their apprentice program if they meet all the entrance requirements. One big element of interest from STIHL is that ATC students are able to come work at STIHL with collaborative robot experience.

Contact:

Patrick Konopnicki, Ed.D.
Director of Technical and Career Education
Patrick.Konopnicki@vbschools.com
757-648-6180


Virginia STAR (Student Training and Refurbishment) Program

Categories: Newport News, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy currently participates in the Virginia STAR (Student Training and Refurbishment) program. As a result of participating in this program, students have been exposed to career pathways in Network Systems and Information Support Services. Students have also obtained meaningful, real-life, hands-on experiences in their career pathway. Some of the achievements since the program was started in 2014 include: 1. Increase in the number of students enrolling in the Computer Systems Technology strand by 20%. 2. Greater program awareness resulting in donations from various organizations. 3. Thirteen students were hired by Newport News Public Schools as summer tech interns. 4. Media exposure and a visit from the State Secretary of Education and State STEM Director. 5. 50 desktops and 5 laptops have been refurbished as of today. 6. Giving approximately 20 families the gift of technology in the home!

Contact:

Toinette Outland
Program Administrator, Heritage HS
Governor's STEM Academy
toinette.outland@nn.k12.va.us
757-928-6100 ext. 17567


Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program- Virginia STAR

Categories: Prince William County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program (VA STAR) is a state-wide program that teaches students to refurbish surplus computer hardware from government agencies and private companies. The refurbished computers are donated to families, organizations, and school districts. Through participation in the program, students work towards earning industry-standard certifications such as IC3, CompTIA A+, Network +, Security +, Cisco CCNA, and Microsoft MOS, which paves the way for access to higher education opportunities and well-paying jobs.

Contact:

Chuck Drake
VA Star Statewide Coordinator
drakecd@pwcs.edu
703-583-3200


Workforce Development

Categories: Montgomery County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has a very progressive work force development relationship with New River Community College (NRCC). Most CTE programs at MCPS have a dual enrolled component with NRCC occupational technical programs. The NRCC staff and MCPS CTE department actively pursue new dual enrolled relationships and have a simple process in place that is understood by both entities and reacts quickly to new DE opportunities and changing workforce needs. To support our mutual mission of workforce development, NRCC hosts an annual Career Day on their campus for all sophomores and has done so for eight consecutive years. This activity is supported by the business community in the form of career speakers representing the full spectrum of local employers. NRCC provides career coaches on all four MCPS high school campuses to assist in career planning and appropriate post secondary placements for individual students. Junior Achievement manages job shadowing and internship opportunities for students who have determined a career of interest by identifying and organizing appropriate placements.

Contact:

Rick Weaver
CTE Supervisor
rweaver@mcps.org
540-382-5100


Workplace Readiness Skills Dual Enrollment

Categories: Giles County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Seniors at the Giles County Technology Center participate in SDV 106, a one credit hour dual enrollment course offered through New River Community College. SDV 106, Preparation for Employment is a course designed to educate students about the employment process and how to be a successful competitor in the current job market. The course is provided in the first semester of the senior year with instructional time built into their career and technical education program. Students take part in activities that help identify their marketable skills and aptitudes. They develop strategies for successful employment search and gain an understanding of the current job market. Communication skills and effective human relations are also discussed. At the end of the course students complete a cover letter, resume, and successfully prepare for and complete a mock interview. The interviews are conducted by community individuals representing members of the CTE advisory committees in business, industry and government.

Contact:

Tonya Vaden
Career Counselor
tvaden@gilesk12.org
540-921-1166