Using Virginia's CTE Resource Center as a Parent/Student

The CTE Resource Center is a resource for career and technical education programs in Virginia's public schools. School divisions throughout the state use our industry-validated curriculum to build their course catalogs and teach students the fundamentals of workplace readiness and within a selected occupation or area of interest.

Here, you can browse through courses by Career Cluster or by keyword search to learn more about a course—from the course description to prerequisites to certifications and licenses offered.

Once you have identified a course (or courses), check with your local school division to see whether it is offered at a school nearby.

Choosing the Right Career

Choosing a career is all about interests, strengths, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Combined with self-assessments and interest inventories, career and technical education courses can help you decide where your interests lie and help you learn the competencies you will need to succeed in the job.

Middle school exploratory curricula gives students a broad look at careers, while high school curricula further refines the focus in order to prepare them for the next step: a job in their chosen field or postsecondary education.

Popular Career Clusters

  • Educating and Training: These careers are focused on managing and providing education and training services and related learning support services.

  • Information Technology: These careers are focused on building linkages in information technology occupations for entry-level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services.

  • Marketing: These careers are focused on planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.

  • Health Science: These careers are focused on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Success Stories

Troy Wheeler
  • Captain
  • U. S. Army
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Richmond City Public Schools
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Josh Weeks
  • Wicked Diesel & Automotive Repair LLC
  • Susie G. Gibson Science and Technology Center
  • Bedford County Public Schools
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Abdul Khan
  • Video Producer
  • Reingold Inc.
  • T. C. Williams High School
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
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Bryan Wallace
  • 2nd Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps Officer
  • United States Air Force
  • Essex High School
  • Essex County Public Schools


Students and Parents

CTE courses found on this website can be taken at public middle and high schools in Virginia. The CTE Resource Center works with the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to create, validate, and revise courses. If you find a course on our website, check with your local school division to see whether it is offered.

Work-based learning is a school-coordinated sequence of experiences that are related to a student's career goals or interests. It enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or community. Most opportunities will be related to the CTE course the student takes and be coordinated through the school. Virginia's public schools offer the following work-based learning, from lowest to highest degree of engagement:

  • Job shadowing
  • Mentorship
  • Service learning
  • Internship
  • Clinical experience
  • Cooperative education
  • Youth registered apprenticeship
  • Registered apprenticeship
  • Supervised agricultural experience

Students often take credential examinations at the conclusion of their coursework. Some courses are associated with multiple credentials, and the educator will work with the student to determine the best credential examination to take. Some licenses are regulated by a state agency and may have a minimum age requirement to take the examination. The examinations can be offered online, in the school, or at a testing facility.

Have Questions?

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