Career and Technical Education - Fairfax County Public Schools

Career and Technical Education - Fairfax County Public Schools CTE in Fairfax County Public Schools is composed of six program areas: Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Marketing, Technology Education, and Trade and Industrial.


The Foundation for Applied Technical Education is proud to announce that the fifth home in Spring Village Estates (22nd consecutive home) was sold last month with a sales price of $849,900. The 5,300 square foot home was constructed by more than 120 students from construction technologies and the electrical construction program.


Upcoming Events:
September 17th—Edison Academy Open House
Chantilly Academy Back to School Night
October 7th—Fairfax Academy Back to School Night, 6:30pm-9pm
October 9th & 10th—Chantilly Academy Career and College Fair for Trade & Industrial and non-STEM
November 13th—Marshall Career and College Readiness Night


Congratulations to the automotive technology program at South Lakes High School Academy for completing the National Automobile Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) program certification inspection. The inspection included a two-day onsite inspection in March when business and industry representatives toured the shop, interviewed graduates, interviewed employers, and completed a thorough facility, tool, and curriculum inspection.


Over 140 students competed in 57 events at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference held in Reston, Virginia on April 4 and 5. FCPS placed in 46 of the events with 101 students receiving a medal on stage. In addition, five FCPS students were elected or appointed as state officers for the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to all of the schools, students and advisers for their outstanding work! Next stop, FBLA Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee!


Local Car Club Gives Grant for High School CTE Students to Learn about College Automotive Programs

Edison Academy’s CTE students in Automotive Collision and Automotive Technology will be taking a tour of the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Automotive Program labs and meeting with instructors and current students on Tuesday, April 8th, thanks to a grant provided by the members of the Old Dominion Region Vintage Chevrolet Car Club of America (ODR VCCA).

Funding this trip allowed the ODR VCCA to impact the lives of young people, helping students to see the bridge between high school and higher education and training in a field in which they have an interest. This trip will also help to educate students about the vintage car club and lead to future opportunities to partner so that these two groups who share an interest in automobiles are able to collaborate together.

For more information contact Edison Academy Career Experience Specialist, Genie Williford at [email protected].


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students recently competed in the Fairfax County 8th annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) District Competition, held at Edison High School, on January 31. Fifty-eight students from nine Fairfax County public schools competed in 19 categories of “Star Events”. Emma Rosen, the Virginia State Officer of Competitive Events presided over the competition. Student winners represented six middle schools: Herndon, Glasgow, Key, Lanier, Sandburg Middle Schools, Lake Braddock SS and Madison, Mount Vernon, and South County High Schools. The competitors will be moving on to the FCCLA State Leadership Competition to be held in Virginia Beach in April.


South Lakes High School marketing students have been working on a public relations project to encourage fire safety, titled “Contain the Flame.” The campaign included: a community survey of working fire detectors in the Reston area; a celebration lunch for local fire fighters; and, a Capitol Hill lobby Day for The Campus Fire Safety Education Act of 2013 (H.R. 1609/ S. 750) where 93 South Lake High School marketing students were professionally trained to visit all 535 offices of the U.S. Congress on November 20. The students also organized a rally on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, held a press conference with the International Fire Chief Association and will screen After the Fire (a documentary about a deadly college fire) to college students at George Mason University on March 24, 2014.

NYC Fash Mktg

The fashion marketing students from McLean and Marshall High Schools went to New York City. Students went to M&J Trimming, Mood, the fabric store used on project runway and the SOHO district. While in the SOHO district, they created a video documentary showing and explaining concepts related to the fashion industry. Below is a link to one of the documentary videos:


Fifteen students from Herndon Middle School and Lanier Middle School participated in a leadership workshop held at Herndon Middle School. The workshop was sponsored by the Herndon Middle School chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Attendees participated in leadership activities, set goals for their chapters, and had the opportunity to learn more about FCCLA with the Virginia Vice President of Competitive Events, Emma Rosen.

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Career and Technical Education  (CTE) Academies are hosting a STEM-H (science, ...

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academies are hosting a STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, math, and health and medical sciences) Expo on February 22, 2014. Students, Parents, and Teachers should register NOW to attend this exciting event at
The STEM-H Expo is open to interested middle and high school age students, parents, and teachers. Highlights include keynote speaker, Megan Healy, Virginia’s Director for STEM plus 6 breakout sessions on STEM and Health & Medical career topics, plus exhibitors, demonstrations, and booths sponsored by STEM –H related business, industry, and educational organizations.
The STEM-H Expo is hosted by the high school career academies in FCPS –Chantilly Academy, Edison Academy, Fairfax Academy, Falls Church Academy, Marshall Academy, and West Potomac Academy and will be held at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congratulations to the Herndon High School Business Department as their business management virtual enterprise class too...
Herndon High Students Create Award-Winning Company

Congratulations to the Herndon High School Business Department as their business management virtual enterprise class took 1st place out of 21 teams in a statewide Business Plan competition held in Virginia Beach on December 18, 2013. This is the second year in a row that Herndon has won this award. The students created a virtual company, wrote a business plan and then defended their business plan and financials before three groups of judges. The company that the students created is called V-LO Chip, Inc. The officers will now represent the state of Virginia in the international competition held in NYC in April 1-4, 2014.

Next stop? New York City.


Fifty fire/EMS students earned their Bloodborne Pathogens certification. Fire Station 418 gave the students a tour of their Engine and Medic Unit. Two former students, who are firefighters from local volunteer fire department, presented a class on self-contained breathing apparatus.


Falls Church Academy is pleased to announce a new business partnership with the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). With direction from Captain Mae Pouget and LCDR Charmin Rickards, students in the academy will benefit from the medical knowledge and expertise from officers speaking to academy classes and provide direct medical career access through applications from the officers’ own experiences. The BUMED will also provide a panel of officers to guide students interested in medical careers within the military, assist in the academy mock interview program and provide one-on-one career mentoring for academy students interested in pursuing a medical career. In addition to the support given to Falls Church Academy, Falls Church High School will also receive support from BUMED through representatives speaking to science classes and providing Science Fair judges.


The TEE and Technology Student Association (TSA) programs at West Potomac High School will continue their annual events of indoor “Fun Fly” and “RC Mania” this year. These are community outreach programs for students in radio controlled flight and mechanisms. The Fun Fly dates were November 10, 2013, and again on February 22, 2014. The RC Mania is May 11, 2014. More information on the events can be found at

Important Events and Dates Indoor Fun Fly - November 10th, 2013 Indoor Fun Fly - February22 nd , 2014 RC Mania - May 1 8 th, 2014


Each Friday until April 2014, medical assistant students from Falls Church Academy will experience working with residents at The Virginian, Continuing Care Retirement Community. During this shadow experience, students will assist residents attending activities, exercise programs and will have one-on-one time with residents to assist in documenting their past. In addition, students will work with The Virginian physical therapy department and observe exercise procedures of residents. At the end of this job shadow program, students will document their observations and experiences in weekly journals and prepare a more detailed report about a concentrated topic or experience.

This week, a reporter from the Fairfax Times spent some time with the donated replica Cobra and the Falls Church High Sc...
Vintage car brings new excitement to high school auto program --

This week, a reporter from the Fairfax Times spent some time with the donated replica Cobra and the Falls Church High School automotive program. Please take a few minutes to read the article.

Congratulations to Mike Blondin and his students for a great article and a great showcase of the FCPS automotive program.

Automotive technology program in the county operating at near-full capacity

The ECC students at Chantilly Academy took part in Epi-Pen training provided by nursing students from Marymount Universi...

The ECC students at Chantilly Academy took part in Epi-Pen training provided by nursing students from Marymount University. The nursing students presented a very detailed program outlining the protocol and use of Epi-Pens with young children. Their presentation explained anaphylactic shock - how it is manifested in the body and how it presents in young children. Their message was received with great interest and enthusiasm. The ECC students practiced administering the Epi-Pens using practice instruments including the new automated “talking” Epi-Pen which is no bigger than an average cell phone.

Two Madison FCCLA members competed in the Culinary Math Skill At the Demonstration Event this past weekend at the FCCLA ...

Two Madison FCCLA members competed in the Culinary Math Skill At the Demonstration Event this past weekend at the FCCLA National Cluster Meeting in Charlotte, NC, Emma Rosen placed 1st, and Elena Ostapovicz placed 2nd! They received scholarships from Sullivan University totaling $13,000.


Marshall High School has a new Technology & Engineering Lab with 30 computer workstations for general computing and CAD (Computer Aided Drafting). Each computer contains, among other things, several varieties of AutoDesk software including AutoCAD, Inventor, Architecture, and Revit. Updated computers are expected by the end of the year or shortly thereafter. There is also a general purpose area of the room consisting of maple-topped benches. The Modeling Lab has an assortment of power tools (table saw, drill presses, band saws, scroll saws, and a belt/disc sander) and hand tools as well as additional maple-topped benches. The jewels of the facility are a 3D printer (Prototype machine), a CNC (computer controlled) lathe, a CNC router, and we anticipate the arrival of a Laser Engraver.


West Potomac Academy students from dental careers and occupational & physical therapy (OT/PT) classes attended the HOSA competitive events at the State Fair in Richmond in October. OT/PT students won two first place ribbons in the poster competition and dental students won second place in the Anatomy Statue competition.

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Recently Edison Academy hosted a group of approximately 150 culinary students for cooking demonstrations of international cuisine provided by the Culinary Institute of America. Students from FCPS culinary programs visited Edison for the exciting demonstrations of Indian and African food. Edison Academy students prepared samples of Indian cuisine for all the guests and assisted Chef Fritz Sonnenschimdt and Chef David Ivey-Soto on stage for the presentations which were a great preview of what students might expect if they take part in the Metro Cooking and Entertaining Show coming up in November.

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Robinson Secondary School held a cake decorating contest during our cake unit.  The students  learn piping techniques, s...

Robinson Secondary School held a cake decorating contest during our cake unit. The students learn piping techniques, stacking, crumb coating, and design techniques. The students chose one of two themes: Fall or Halloween. Three teacher volunteers for each period to judge the cakes and the winner goes on to finals. Students sketch out their designs and work together for their final cake The finals judging involves all of the student winners from each period. The criteria used in the creation of the product is (1) everything must be edible, (2) the cakes and buttercream must be made in class. Some edible adornments are allowed. Content instruction involves using moldable food materials and creative ideas to represent the student's vision. The overall winner was the ‘bloody brains with knife’ cake. The knife was actually sculpted entirely out of chocolate!

Robinson Cake Decorating Contest

Robinson Cake Decorating Contest

Robinson Cake Decorating Contest

An anonymous person donated a 1965 Shelby Cobra kit car appraised for about $45,000 to the students and staff of Robinso...
Classic Car Donated to Fairfax Co. School's Automotive Program

An anonymous person donated a 1965 Shelby Cobra kit car appraised for about $45,000 to the students and staff of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va. Watch the newscast at

An anonymous donor handed over the keys of a 1965 Shelby Cobra kit car to the students and staff of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va.


The Herndon High School FCCLA chapter sponsored an Iron Chef Competition. The proceeds for the event went to the Paige Saucedo ESOL Scholarship Fund which provides support for ESOL students to attend college. The recipients are chosen based on character, grades, work ethic and need. Other scholarships awarded to Fairfax County students included $2500 scholarships from the Education Foundation (Educated Eats) of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) awarded to two culinary students. The FACS Advisory Board awarded $3000 that was split among four high school students to pursue a postsecondary course of study in Family & Consumer Sciences.


Seven Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) criminal justice students participated in the Virginia American Legion Junior Law Program at the Virginia State Police Training Academy in Richmond this summer. The program is designed to teach high school students about the law enforcement profession. The seven seniors participated in daily calisthenics, took field trips to the State Capitol and State Police headquarters, attended classroom sessions, and learned about the operation of radar, VASCAR, and other State Police equipment during the five-day residential session. Participants were selected for the program based on their character, interest, evidence of self-discipline, and possession of an attitude and demeanor that would benefit by the association and contact with officers of the law. Candidates must be well-rounded, outgoing, hard-working individuals with reasonable grades who can communicate and lead their peers.


At the Virginia Business Education Association Conference, held in Herndon this past August, 17 FCPS teachers attended the conference, many of whom presented training sessions or workshops at the conference. Two FCPS teachers were recognized for their outstanding work in the classroom. Cara Lambert, Robinson Secondary School, was awarded the VBEA Al Roan Middle School Business Teacher of the Year Award. Becky Poljac, West Potomac High School, was awarded the VBEA Outstanding New Business and Information Technology Teacher of the Year Award.
These very prestigious honors have been bestowed upon these teachers for their continued dedication to their students and their program.


FCPS has 12 teachers who achieved a 90% pass rate (in a class with at least 10 students) on the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. Gold Star Teachers are honored at w!se’s annual MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy, in New York City, on Tuesday, November 5th.

Our Gold Star teachers are Monica Bentley - Annandale High School; Janice Findley, Scott Loube, and Marcella Setness -Chantilly High School; Michele Rock - Edison High School; Natalie Shoults - Fairfax High School; LaTrease Rich - Hayfield Secondary School; Dana Dingell - James Madison High School; Janet Hohenberger - McLean High School; Linda Lauderdale - Stuart High School; Daryl Mackey, West Potomac High School; and Sonja Clelland, Westfield High School. Congratulations!


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