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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

APG Users Guide

The CTE Administrative Planning Guide is designed to assist school counselors, teachers, and administrators who schedule student enrollment in CTE courses. This guide presents course descriptions, course sequences, applicable certifications/licenses, and career pathways organized by career clusters.

When using this guide, it is helpful to be familiar with the following terms and key concepts:

Two Sequential Electives

For information about sequential electives, see Chapter 13.2: Standards of Quality, Standard 4, Student Achievement and Graduation Requirements, in the Code of Virginia ( § 22.1-253.13:4.D.2).

Concentration

A concentration is a coherent sequence of state-approved courses as identified in the course listings within this document (Administrative Planning Guide).

Program Completer

A career and technical education program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a career and technical education concentration (sequence) and all requirements for high school graduation, or an approved alternative education program. Students may take additional career and technical education courses that will enhance their career pathway goals.

Specialization

A specialization is a student choice to take additional courses beyond a minimum program completer course sequence in a specific career area related to his/her career pathway.

Certifications/Licenses

Completion of certain skill sets and coursework enable students to participate in state Board of Education approved assessments for industry certifications, a state license, or occupational competency assessments. Students who earn these credentials are eligible to earn verified credits toward graduation requirements.

Combining 18-Week Courses

All Board of Education approved credentials correlated to career and technical education 36-week courses may qualify for the student-selected verified credit option as identified in the Administrative Planning Guide.

With prior approval from the appropriate Virginia Department of Education CTE cluster specialist, when two or more semester courses are taken in sequence and/or when certain credential-related skill sets are integrated into certain 18-week courses without changing the state-approved course framework, students may acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to take the credentialing test.

Recommended Courses for High School Credit in Middle School

School divisions may offer high school courses at the middle school level. For more information, see "Section 50: Requirement for Graduation" in the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia chapter of the Virginia Administrative code (8 VAC 20-131-50).:

Middle school courses are courses that contain introductory or exploratory competencies and may have different durations (e.g., six weeks, nine weeks, 12 weeks).

Types of Credit

For information about the types of credit that may be awarded, see "Section 110: Standard and Verified Units of Credit" in the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia chapter of the Virginia Administrative Code of the Virginia Administratie Code (8 VAC 20-131-110).

Diploma Seals

For information about diploma seals, including the Board of Education's Career and Technical Education seal and the Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology, see "Section 50:Requirements for Graduation, H.1-7," in the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia chapter of the Virginia Administrative Code. (8 VAC 20-131.H.1-7)

Career Clusters and Career Pathways

Virginia’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education has adopted the nationally recognized structure of 16 career clusters and their accompanying 79 career pathways and sample career specialties or occupations to help students investigate careers and design their courses of study to advance their career goals.

The Career and Technical Education Reporting System (CTERS) User’s Manual provides guidance for state and federal reporting. One or more career clusters and pathways are assigned to each course. When students are enrolled in courses in multiple career clusters, select the most appropriate cluster based on the student’s career cluster plan of study.

Detailed information about Career Clusters in Virginia is available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/career_technical/career_clusters/index.shtml, including applications that may be used locally.

Model templates in each of the 16 clusters are available to assist local school divisions in developing career pathways. Each school division is being asked to develop sample plans of study, based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the area, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized plan of study. Additionally, the National Directors of Career and Technical Education association has developed an informative Web site on Career Clusters and Plans of Study (www.careerclusters.org).

CTE Career Cluster Codes

The following codes are to be used for Cluster reporting purposes.

CTE Career Cluster Codes Cluster VDOE Contact
1 Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources LaVetta Nutter
lavetta.nutter@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2045
2 Architecture and Construction J. Anthony Williams
anthony.williams@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2828
3 Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications Sharon Acuff
sharon.acuff@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2846
4 Business Management and Administration Judith Sams
judith.sams@doe.virginia.gov
804-371-0196
5 Education and Training Helen Fuqua
helen.fuqua@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2826
6 Finance Judith Sams
judith.sams@doe.virginia.gov
804-371-0196
7 Government and Public Administration Judith Sams
judith.sams@doe.virginia.gov
804-371-0196
8 Health Science Michele Green-Wright
michele.green-wright@doe.virginia.gov
804-371-2121
9 Hospitality and Tourism Sharon Acuff
sharon.acuff@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2846
10 Human Services Helen Fuqua
helen.fuqua@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2826
11 Information Technology Judith Sams
judith.sams@doe.virginia.gov
804-371-0196
12 Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Helen Fuqua
helen.fuqua@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2826
13 Manufacturing J. Anthony Williams
anthony.williams@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2828
14 Marketing Sharon Acuff
sharon.acuff@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2846
15 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Dr. Lynn Basham
lynn.basham@doe.virginia.gov
804-786-4210
16 Transportation, Distribution and Logistics J. Anthony Williams
anthony.williams@doe.virginia.gov
804-225-2828

Note: The Across the Board and Career Connections courses are supervised by Sharon Acuff, sharon.acuff@doe.virginia.gov, 804-225-3370.

Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of workplace experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation, and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries, or other organizations in the community. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment. The eight WBL methods of instruction currently practiced in Virginia are listed and defined below in order from the lowest to the highest degree of engagement.

For more information, please refer to the Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide and the Virginia Department of Education Work-Based Learning Web page.