Virginia Beach City Public Schoolsí (VBCPS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offer cutting-edge career and technical experiences for students to explore a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand career pathways. Whether a student plans to attend college, seek an apprenticeship, join the military or begin work right after high school, VBCPS provides opportunities to support every studentís career dream. CTE at the middle school level offers students an exploratory experience with a growing emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and time to try out several areas of interest. High school level opportunities include one- and two-year programs in Business and Information Technology, Engineering and Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing Education and Trade and Industrial Education. These programs are strengthened by incorporating the opportunity to achieve sought-after industry credentials, growing opportunities for dual enrollment credit and internships with local businesses. Students work with their school counselor to decide which option is right for them. During this process, students have a wide variety of courses to choose from at their home high school, in an academy program, or at one of our state-of-the-art centers.
- VBCPS CTE student passed 11,327 industry credential tests in 2015-16.
- 68,171 industry credential tests have been passed by students since 2002.
- VBCPS student mastery of Workplace Readiness Skills for the Common Wealth continues to be among the leaders in the State with 1,458 students passing this credential in 2015-2016.
- Of the students graduating in 2015-2016, 2,170 seniors were program completers with a sequence of two or more CTE classes.
- VBCPS/CTE offered 112 different industry credential tests in 2015-2016 to students who earned 11,327 industry credentials with an overall pass rate of 76.9%
- 4,117 members of the graduating Class of 2016 earned a total of 8,508 industry credentials. This represents almost 85% of all Virginia Beach's high school graduates.