Career and Technical Education

Contact: Lisa Wolf

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula are focused around six program-specific areas: business and information technology, family and consumer sciences, health and medical sciences, marketing, technology and engineering education, and trade and industrial education. Students enrolling in a CTE course study the technical applications of many occupations while preparing for higher education and/or employment opportunities. This program provides a variety of career and technical education courses in middle and high school to develop workplace readiness skills. Students can earn industry credentials associated with their chosen career pathway. In addition, course offerings and content are continually reviewed to ensure that work-based learning is incorporated into the curriculum and relevant career pathways are available to students. Course work is being developed and expanded in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


Annually the State Council of HIgher Education produces reports on current options for postsecondary education and employment.  In addition to those reports at Manassas Park High School we currently offer the following nationally recognized career readiness certificates; Workplace Readiness, W!SE (financial literacy), and Microsoft Office Specialist Credentials. 


Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)


The purpose of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is to develop more fully the academic knowledge and technical and employability skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and programs of study.  Perkins V funding is allocated based on two populations of students.  Thirty percent of the funding is based on the number of 5 - 17 year olds who reside in the school division.  The remaining 70% of the funding is based on the number of 5 - 17 year olds in families below the poverty line, based on data collected under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, compared to the total number of such individuals who reside in the school division.  Perkins allocations are typically announced in the spring and the school division’s comprehensive needs assessment and local plan, including the budget, must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education CTE Department for approval in April of each year.


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