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Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)

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​Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)

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High school CATEC classes are offered at CATEC and other sites and are available to all Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Public School students free of charge. Most programs meet for a half-day and include practical, hands-on training in a variety of exciting career fields. Transportation to and from base schools is provided. To enroll in CATEC classes, students should talk with their high school counselor.

Students who attend and complete CATEC programs have the opportunity to receive a recognized certification or credential in their field and high school elective credit. Many CATEC classes also offer dual enrollment credit.

CATEC houses two academies that offer educational and career pathways for students in partnership with post-secondary institutions and employers. Students in the academies may qualify to receive industry certifications and credentials. These credentials are a valuable tool to gain full-time employment in growth industries with livable wages. Graduates also may continue their education utilizing the dual enrollment credits they received while in high school.

CATEC Academies:

  • Healthcare & Medical Services Academy
    CATEC is partnered with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), Reynolds Community College (RCC), and local businesses to develop career and educational pathways in the areas of nursing, pharmacy, dental, and emergency medicine.
  • Information & Engineering Technology Academy
    CATEC is partnered with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), CISCO Systems, and local businesses to develop career and educational pathways in computer networking and cybersecurity.

CATEC Programs:

For a complete list of academy and program course offerings, visit the CATEC Program of Studies web page.


Students need to register for classes with their school counselor. CATEC staff will work with guidance counselors to assist students in scheduling their classes. All programs have a maximum of 20 students, including the exploratory program. If any classes are over capacity, the CATEC interview process will determine those students accepted.

In addition, students who select a dual enrollment course are required to take the VPT exam in the spring before they begin the class. Students should check with their high school counselor to see if they are exempt from taking any part of the VPT exam based on qualifying scores on their ACT, SAT, PSAT, and SOL exams.


Most CATEC classes are offered at CATEC on Rio Road. Students are bussed from their base schools and usually spend either the entire morning or the entire afternoon at CATEC.

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