Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for college and careers. It gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge within a selected career focus.

CTE courses lead to opportunities across a variety of careers, industries and pathways and provide the sequential electives required for graduation.

Through the Virginia Department of Education’s High School Industry Credentialing initiative, students can earn a credential or license by passing an approved exam. Students who successfully complete a CTE program and pass the accompanying state-approved credentialing exam may earn two verified credits to fulfill a graduation requirement. These students have a higher earning potential and ultimately will be more marketable.

CTE graduation requirements can be fulfilled with courses described in this section. Courses are organized below by program area.

CTE Program Areas & Course Descriptions

Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)

Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) offers the following high school programs at their main campus on E. Rio Road in Charlottesville and at satellite campuses, with transportation provided to and from base high schools:

  • Automotive Body Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Building Trades
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electricity
  • Fire Science
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Veterinary Science

Classes are available free of charge to Albemarle County and Charlottesville City public school students. CATEC courses provide hands-on and work-based learning activities alongside academically-driven curricula that prepare students to enter the workforce or continue their education. Work-based experiences include job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships.