# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Career Investigations Front Matter

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Career Investigations (9069/18 weeks) Instructional Framework

George R. Willcox, Director, Operations and Accountability
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Dr. David S. Eshelman, Director, Workforce Development and Initiatives
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

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CTE Resource Center
2002 Bremo Road, Lower Level
Henrico, VA 23226
Phone: 804/673-3778
Fax: 804/673-3798
Web address: www.cteresource.org

Copyright ©2017

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Foreword

To help students select appropriate courses of study to achieve their educational and occupational objectives, the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education courses/programs are based on the nationally recognized 16 Career Clusters©. Each cluster is subdivided into various pathways and occupations. These structural components are defined as follows:

Several courses from one CTE program area may be chosen for completion in a coherent sequence, forming a concentration that prepares students for one or more occupations and supports additional education and training in the industry. Courses from various CTE program areas may also be combined in a program mix to enhance career goals. Course concentration sequences are identified in the CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG), found online at www.cteresource.org/apg/.

A CTE completer is a student who meets the requirements for a CTE concentration and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program. Completers of certain CTE courses may be eligible for certification by an industry, professional organization, or trade association, or for licensure from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Completers may also be qualified to receive the Virginia Board of Education’s Advanced Mathematics and Technology Seal or its Career and Technical Education Seal and/or a student-selected verified credit. Information about the requirements for receiving these diploma seals and a verified credit is found in the APG at the Web site listed above.

This instructional framework presents the tasks/competencies validated by industry experts as essential statewide and required of all students enrolled in the course. Any tasks/competencies not designated as essential are considered optional and may be taught at the discretion of the school division. Also at the school division’s discretion, teachers may add tasks/competencies to supplement instruction and to meet their students’ needs.

The intent of this framework is to guide Virginia teachers in providing on-target, up-to-date, quality instruction leading to their students’ success in subsequent educational and career endeavors.

Acknowledgments

The components of this instructional framework were developed by the following business panelists:

Rachel Angel, MEd, NCC, Coordinator of Student Support Technologies, Virginia Community College System
Linda Binion, Supervisor of Counseling Services, Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Joyce Dugan, Supervisor of School Counseling and Family Life, Chesapeake City Schools
Andrea M. Dukes, MEd, School Counseling Director, Brookville Middle School, Campbell County Public Schools
Celeste J. Hall, MEd, Career Coach Specialist, Virginia Community College System
Sue A. Miles, School Counseling Department Chair, Buckingham County Public Schools
Hayley Poland, EdS, Director of School Counseling, Roanoke City Public Schools
Paula Fisher Robinson, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Access Policy and Programming, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Darrell Sampson, MA, LPC, NCC, Manager, Student Services Support 7-12, Fairfax County Public Schools
Dr. Michele G. Seibert, Director, School of Education, Virginia Career VIEW
Jason Smith, Assistant Superintendent, Scott County Public Schools
Joseph Wharff, Student Assistant System Coordinator/School Counselor Specialist, Virginia Department of Education

The following educators served on the curriculum development panel:

Sarah Blake, Educational Specialist, Career and Transition Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
Jeremiah Doucette, Computer Systems Technology Instructor, Washington County CTE Center
Katrina Kish, Central Academy Middle School, Botetourt County Public Schools
Mary Mayo, Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Terri Mills, Benton Middle School, Prince William County Public Schools
Sarah Robertson, Dan River Middle School, Pittsylvania County Public Schools
Heather Taylor, Carroll County High School, Carroll County Public Schools

Correlations to the Virginia Standards of Learning were reviewed and updated by:

Norma J. Bonney, Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Vickie L. Inge, Mathematics Committee Member, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition
Anne F. Markwith, New Teacher Mentor, Gloucester County Public Schools
Cathy Nichols-Cocke, PhD, Fairfax High School, Fairfax County Public Schools
Caroline C. Wheeler, MT, Secondary English, Richmond

This framework was edited and produced by the CTE Resource Center:

Debi F. Coleman, Writer/Editor
Nathan K. Pope, Writer/Editor
Kevin P. Reilly, Administrative Coordinator

Sharon Acuff, Specialist Marketing and Related Clusters
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Virginia Department of Education

Dr. Tricia S. Jacobs, CTE Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Virginia Department of Education