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Governor's CTE Exemplary Standards
VBCPS Exemplary TCE Programs

Since 2002, only four of the 52 programs that have been reviewed in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) have earned the highest distinction of exemplary The highest-rated programs include the Business and Information Technology Department at Salem High School; the Automotive Service Technology and Practical Nursing programs at the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center; and the nationally-recognized Computer Network Administrator program at the Advanced Technology Center.

Office of Technical and Career Education
Career and Technical Education Programs Earning Exemplary Status Using
Exemplary Standards

The Business and Information Technology Department (BIT) Department at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, strives to be a center for excellence in all aspects of teaching and student learning. The department has state-of-the-art technical facilities and capabilities to provide students with knowledge of modern technologies. Salem High School's Cooperative Office Education (COE) Program exposes students to real world, on the job training and experience. Numerous parents and students have stated the benefits of these learning facilities and from taking BIT courses. The department will keep refining the approach for each student to teach the technological generation to come.

Student Electronic Portfolio. Advanced Computer Information Systems students in the Business and Information Technology course at Salem High School create websites that showcase their talents and technology products for potential employers and higher education. The students author documents in Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and FrontPage. Students compile products into an attractive electronic portfolio using Microsoft FrontPage, a web-authoring software. They utilize computer peripherals, such as digital cameras, scanners, CD burners, and computer projectors. Students practice technology skills in preparation for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.

Throughout the year, students accumulated products, such as: PowerPoint presentations about themselves and research projects; desktop publishing documents, including business cards, license plates, magazine covers, CD covers, travel brochures, book jackets, and "now and then" scanned photographs of themselves; spreadsheets about cost-analysis, payroll, inventory, 3-D referencing that link spreadsheets in a workbook, and complex charts and maps; word processing documents, including resumes, newsletters, cover letters, MLA report documents, tables and columns, flyers, brochures, letters, merged documents, templates, macros that complete complex tasks automatically, and storyboards for their websites that reflect all the products and information in their resume/portfolio. The students learn basic Internet concepts, including web servers, web clients, and the publishing process. They learn HTML coding before they tackled the FrontPage environment.

Industry Certification Data. Salem High School BIT students have been successful in earning MOS certifications. BIT students take an extensive practice test, which is patterned after the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) examinations, in preparation for the MOS exam. Through the use of performance based testing software, Skills Assessment Manager (SAM), students are required to pass a SAM test with a minimum score of 85% before they may receive a voucher for a MOS examination. These certifications can be used for student-selected verified credit. Employers will hire MOS-certified students first.

Barbara Whaley, Computer Resource Specialist and Former Department Chairperson
Business and Informational Technology Department
Salem High School
1993 SunDevil Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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The Computer Network Administrator (CNA) program at the Advanced Technology Center is for high school students interested in the operations and management of computer networks. Students learn all aspects of managing small and large computer networks. Students develop computer software and hardware proficiency and focus on computer networking management and troubleshooting, networking theory, customer support, and professional business skills.

Industry Certification and Challenging Curriculum. CNA students prepare for the CompTIA Network + and the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Server and operating system certifications. The program was the first high school program in the world to offer the internationally recognized Novell certification to high school students. The original model for this training was offered only to adults in a commercial training environment. The students engage in rigorous learning with an emphasis on developing professional and academic skills, including writing and speaking in a business environment and customer support. The program sets high expectations and uses a rigorous curriculum to challenge students. The program provides industry-certified tests in a secure and functional environment. The program instructor maintains state-of-the-art labs; utilizes current equipment, courseware, and materials; and maintains current certifications in the program content area. As an Authorized Prometric Testing Center (APTC), the instructor provides convenient industry testing for students, as well as for other individuals who wish to obtain certification.

Project-Based Learning. CNA students work in a simulated work environment where they examine company scenarios and design and implement a comprehensive network solution that meets the needs of the company and its customers.

Business and Industry Partnerships. The program instructor developed strong connections with the IT industry partners such as Electronic Systems, Inc., Novell, Microsoft, GEICO, and the U.S. Military. These industry partners have provided internship opportunities for senior students; student tours of IT corporations; guest speakers; state-of-the-art equipment; curriculum guidance; certification resources; and training at Novell's Edge, an educational conference focusing on Information Technology.

Linda K. Lavender, Instructor
Computer Network Administrator (CNA)
Advanced Technology Center
1800 College Crescent , Virginia Beach, VA 23453
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The Automotive Services Technology program teaches 11th- and 12th-grade students how to become skilled automobile technicians. The program is designed to provide an in-depth operating study of the automobile and its operating systems, including engine repair; engine performance; electricity and electronics; and brake, steering, and suspension systems. Students follow OSHA guidelines to maintain safety standards in the Automotive Services lab.

AYES Curriculum Resources. Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) is a partnership among participating automotive manufacturers, participating dealers, and high school technical programs. Students in the Tech Center Automotive Services Technology courses learn about careers in retail automotive service and prepare for entry-level positions. Students access e-learning modules online as they develop their technical knowledge at their own pace. The instructors use hand-held PDAs to track individual student competencies.

Industry Certification. Students take several Automotive Youth Education System (AYES) examinations online; these tests are offered to high school students. One of the program's instructors serves on the national AYES Board of Directors. Students also take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) examinations which qualify adult industry technicians in the field. The instructors provide Saturday school before class tutoring sessions for students who need extra training in lab environment in preparation for being successful on ASE examinations.

AYES Mentorship Program. A structured AYES internship pairs students with technicians at local automobile dealerships. Automotive mentors receive training before they start working with Automotive Service Students. AYES provides ideas and support materials on conducting dealership tours for educators and students and offering job shadowing opportunities or paid internships. Under the guidance of a mentor, an experienced technician, students develop technical and employability skills. Upon high school graduation and AYES certification, participating students are prepared to begin full-time entry-level employment or to advance their technical education.

Mark Maund and Wayne Champigny, Instructors
Automotive Service Technology
Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center
2925 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 or
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The Practical Nursing program offers an eighteen-month course of study for high school seniors and adults at the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center. The program is divided into three courses: Practical Nursing I, Practical Nursing II, and Practical Nursing III.

Curriculum Alignment with National Standards. The Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing provides a vigorous comprehensive curriculum that is aligned with state and national standards. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process to achieve continuous quality improvement in nursing education. The program is currently conditionally accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and is aligned with state and national standards approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Each of these regulatory boards visits and approves the program based on compliance with state and national standards for practical nursing education. The curriculum is aligned with the National League for Nursing's (NLN) standards, the National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Service Standards of Practice for the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, the Pew Health Professions Commission 21 Competencies for the 21st Century, and the VDOE Task Analyses for Practical Nursing which ensures that the program maintains the highest national standards and provides innovative nursing education.

Articulation Agreements with Higher Education. The program has articulation agreements with Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, and Thomas Nelson Community College. Each institution will grant program graduates 16 college credits after successfully completing a transition course if the student is admitted to the school within 5 years of graduation from high school. Many program graduates qualify for tuition reimbursement from their health care employers.

Preceptorships and Work-based Learning. Advanced students work clinical rotations and observational experiences at affiliating agencies, including Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital, Sentara Southside Hospitals, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital, Maxim Healthcare Services, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, and Westminster Canterbury on the Chesapeake Bay.

Licensure and Certification. Upon successful completion of theory, laboratory, and clinical objectives in Practical Nursing I and II, the student may elect to take the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) examination to become a certified nurse aide. Passing this exam prior to high school graduation earns the student a verified unit of credit and the Technical and Career Education Seal on his/her high school diploma. Students may earn the Certified Nurse Aide certification and the National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nursing

Natasha Christian, Coordinator
Practical Nursing
Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center
2925 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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Last Modified on Wednesday, November 23, 2016