February marks Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the importance of equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen careers. CTE programs provide hands-on training in various career pathways, including healthcare, construction, business, and more, and offer students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials, giving them a competitive edge in the job market.

In Virginia, public schools serve more than 640,000 students in CTE courses from grades 6-12, with the aim of preparing them for successful futures while meeting the state’s demand for skilled technical workers. The state’s commitment to CTE is evident in its recognition of the importance of these programs, which it rewards with diploma seals, incorporates industry credentialing into diploma requirements, and integrates Career Pathways into Academic and Career Plans.

In celebration of CTE Month, Virginia Career Works – Piedmont will be featuring various businesses, sectors, partners, and school divisions in the Piedmont region, as well as educators who are actively involved in enhancing CTE programs. All of these individuals and entities are dedicated to shaping the future workforce and driving economic growth in the region. #CTE #CareerandTechnicalEducation #CTEMonth #internship #Virginia #VirginiaCareerWorks