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School Office Hours: 7:15-4:00

Student Hours: 7:40-3:00

Center for Careers and Technology

16041 COURTHOUSE RD, Eastville, VA 23347

School Phone: (757) 678-5151 x4103

School Office Hours: 7:15-4:00

Student Hours: 7:40-3:00

Career & Technology Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes offer numerous benefits to students. CTE courses provide technical skills, academic skills, and employability skills, making students more prepared for their future careers. Our courses offer hands-on learning opportunities that can help students understand how their education applies to the real world. During middle school, students to explore a variety of careers and skills across several pathways. This can help identify a career or field that interests them. Once in high school, CTE provides students with opportunities to explore a career path of interest while learning a set of technical and employability skills that integrate into or complement their academic studies. Research has shown that students enrolled in CTE courses are “significantly more likely to develop problem-solving, project completion, research, communication, time management, and critical thinking skills during high school.” (Lekes et al., National Research Center for CTE). These skills are critical for both academic and career success.

Dr. Kenneth Butta, CTE Coordinator 757-678-5151 ext. 2308  

Other studies have shown that:

CTE learners have a 10% higher high school graduation rate than non-CTE students,

91% of high school graduates who earn 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college, and

High school students who earned 2-3 CTE credits were employed full-time at higher rates eight years after their expected high school graduation and had higher median earnings compared to those who earned 1 or fewer CTE credits.

CTE Instruction

Instruction in CTE courses is based on a list of competencies (what a student should be able to do) rather than the Standards of Learning (what a student should know).  The first 22 competencies of every CTE course are workplace readiness skills, these are the personal qualities, people skills and professional traits necessary to maintain employment in any job.  

CTE courses are grouped into six program areas that include 17 career clusters as shown below.

CTE Career Clusters

The CTE Program in Northampton County Public Schools provides students the opportunity to explore learning and career opportunities across most of the 17 Career Clusters recognized by the Virginia Department of Education. NCPS does not offer courses in every cluster due to our staffing and local business environment.

The VDOE requires the posting of an annual notice on our website to advise parents and students of the availability of postsecondary education and employment data published by the State Council of Higher Education on its website.


CTE Advisory Committees

The purpose of the  Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee is to provide assistance, feedback, and approval of the operations, initiatives, and direction for our CTE programs in NCPS.  The committee is made up of representatives from our school division, business partners, post-secondary college partners, parents, and students.

To learn more about CTEAC and how you can help, please contact Dr. Kenneth Butta at:

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