Career & Technical Education

  • Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education
    The vision will advance CTE to be an innovative education system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers so that the United States flourishes in this global, dynamic economy.  Our Vision's core principles are:
    • CTE is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness.
    • CTE actively partners with employers to design an provide high-quality, dynamic programs.
    • CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers.
    • CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to the National Career Clusters framework.
    • CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.
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What are Career Clusters?

  • Career Clusters are groupings of occupations and industries that are used for:
    • Organizing curriculum design.
    • Career counseling and guidance.

What Do Career Clusters Do?

    • Organize academic and technical knowledge and skills into a coherent sequence.
    • Identify pathways from secondary to post-secondary education.
    • Provide a framework for seamless education.
    • Provide instructional support for rigorous academic teaching and learning.
    • Provide alignment of academic and technical skills with workplace readiness skills.
    • Provide opportunities to involve parents, business and industry, and the school community.
    • Provide development of effective plans of study that are based on career assessments.

Career Pathways

    • Within each career cluster, there are multiple career pathways that represent a common set of skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities within that pathway, ranging from entry level to management, including technical and profession career specialties.
    • Based on the skills sets taught, all CTE courses are aligned with one or more career clusters and career pathways.
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16 Career Clusters

    • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
    • Architecture & Construction
    • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
    • Business Management & Administration
    • Education & Training
    • Finance
    • Government & Public Administration
    • Health Science
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Human Services
    • Information Technology
    • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
    • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Contact Information

  • For more information on CTE contact:
    Sue Venable-Shelton 
    SCPS Career & Technical Education Liaison
    Riverbend High School
    12301 Spotswood Furnace Road
    Fredericksburg, VA 22407 

    Tim McLeod
    Electronics, Robotics, & Telecommunications Technology Instructor
    Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
    CTE Teaching and Learning Liaison
    Spotsylvania County Schools
    540-898-2655 x2221

    Keith Wolfe
    Executive Director of Secondary Education and Leadership
    Spotsylvania County Public Schools
    8020 River Stone Drive
    Fredericksburg, VA 22407