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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

IFTF Future Work Skills graphic showing drivers of change (smart systems, media, globalism, computation, longer lifespans) and needed skills (trans-disciplinary, design mindset, collaboration, cultural competency, computational thinking, media literacy, social intelligence, sense-making, creativity)Charlottesville City Schools features several avenues for promoting awareness of and pathways to future careers:

Career and Technical Education at Buford and CHS

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department provides sequences of career-related courses designed to help students develop skills needed for entry-level employment, advanced technical training programs, and continuing education on the college and university level. Elective courses help students develop twenty-first century job skills, such as proficiency in computer technology, information acquisition and processing, problem solving, teamwork, and effective communication skills.

Career and Technical Education courses are designed to enhance and support the academic curriculum – reinforcing the Standards of Learning established for English, mathematics, science, history and social science.

About the Program: Credentials and Pathways

Offerings are widespread, including:

  • commercial photography
  • computer science
  • culinary arts
  • economics and personal finance (required for all students and part of the CHS/CFA Institute Finance Academy)
  • engineering
  • marketing/entrepreneurship from finance to urban farming
  • see full list in “Career and Technical Education” in Program of Studies.

Many of the CTE classes are designed to work in sequence to lead to additional coursework in college or to achieve an industry-recognized credential. For instance, the engineering and computer science classes in CTE can prepare students to continue their studies in CHS’s five-year Sigma engineering program or to enroll at CATEC to earn valuable industry certifications such as CISCO CCENT or CompTIA A+.

Course Offerings in Grades 7-12:

More Information:

Stephanie Carter, 434-245-2836
CarterS2@charlottesvilleschools.org