Career Assessment, Planning & Placement

Career Assessment, Planning & Placement

“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.” 
— John Dewey

Charlottesville City Schools, in collaboration with local businesses, community service agencies, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center, has developed a comprehensive career development program designed to prepare students to transition from school to postsecondary education and employment.

Acknowledging that career development is everyone’s responsibility (administrators, teachers, counselors, support staff, students, parents and the community), the Career Planning and Placement (CPP) office supports a comprehensive career development program infused into the K-12 curriculum by helping students gain: knowledge of self in relation to careers; an awareness and understanding of various careers; an understanding and appreciation of the need for marketable skills and experience through work-based learning opportunities.

Career Exploration in Elementary & Middle School

Students in grades K-6 are introduced to career awareness and exploration by teachers, counselors and business representatives. At Buford Middle School, students use Career Cruising software to identify their skills, interests and related careers. Buford participates in a Regional 7th Grade Career EXPO, and select elective courses based on personal interests.

Career Related Opportunities for High School Students

School counselors assist students in developing an Academic and Career Plan to achieve post-secondary educational and career goals.  CPP staff collaborate with CCC staff (College & Career Corner) to assist students in the identification and exploration of career interests, aptitudes, skills, learning styles, work values and other work behaviors.

All 10th grade students participate in a career development workshop in their English 10 classes during the fall semester that includes a career assessment and discussion of the career planning process. CHS participates in a regional career day sponsored by PVCC, Piedmont Futures and a consortium of local schools during the spring semester. Area businesses provide presentations on numerous career areas. Students select two career areas to further explore during this event.

High school students have numerous career-related and skill-building elective courses to choose from, including technology, environmental science, architectural drawing/CAD, TV production, health & medical sciences, criminal law and many others to address employment opportunities in the local workforce. Also, CATEC offers specific programs in auto body repair, auto technology, barbering, cosmetology, culinary arts, building trades, masonry, EMT/firefighting, dental assistant, pharmacy technician, music resource technology, and nurse aide.

Students can gain “real-world”€ experience through work-study (CEWAT) and senior internship programs. Also, student clubs offer opportunities to expand one’s knowledge and experience in particular fields. 

Students are encouraged to explore different career options as presented in the CCS Program of Study and Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). They are encouraged to select a Career Pathway matching one of 16 career families identified by the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education Services.

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities (SWD) are encouraged to participate in career planning activities and programs provided to all students. In addition, formal transition planning outlined in the student’s IEP is coordinated and implemented with the assistance of the Vocational Planner and the resources of CPP. The Virginia Department of Education’s transition process fosters post-secondary options of education, training, employment and independent living.


To Learn More

Dr. Kendra King
Director of Student Services and Achievement
1562 Dairy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 245-2400