May- June 2021
Wrapping Up the 2020-2021 School Year
Director's Message: Stephanie Carter
Dear CATEC Students and Families,
We are rounding the corner to the end of this extraordinary school year! Even in the midst of numerous challenges, we have so many reasons to celebrate. This year, CATEC will honor 152 programs Compeleters, 10 students who signed with companies for full time employment, students have and are continuing to pass certifications, and so much more.
As I wrap-up my second year at CATEC, I am constantly reminded of what a special place this is and how positively it impacts our students, their current educational experiences, and their future. There is not a program offered that does not enhance our students’ lives for the better. Students may choose to leverage the skills and certification(s) they earned to pursue a living-wage job and enter adulthood with no student debt. They may simply choose to retain the knowledge they learned to enhance their daily lives. Whatever they choose, I believe students leave CATEC with knowledge in their heads and skills in their hands that they will use for years to come.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank our school community for all your support and kindness as we have navigated this school year. Our final celebration is the annual CATEC Completer Ceremony. The ceremony will happen on June 2nd at 7:00 PM. Please visit our YouTube channel, CATEC High School, to stream the event live.
CATEC School-to-Work Signing Day Event
This year, Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Foundation (CATEF) sponsored CATEC’s Signing Day event. CATEF assists CATEC in advancing career and technical education, training, and job placement as well as promotes programs that provide career and technical training in Central Virginia. Additionally, this year Red Wing Shoes and Diamondback Toolbelts were local sponsors that are providing high quality equipment to student participants. Red Wing shoes, located on Abbey Road, provides exceptional footwear and orthotics that keep safety, quality, and style in the forefront of their brand. CATEC students who participated in Signing Day received a $150 gift certificate towards work-ready footwear. Diamondback Toolbelts, located on Allied Street, is a locally-owned business with national respect. Crafted entirely in the United States, their technically-advanced toolbelts and pouches improve the lives of skilled tradespeople while working on their craft. Students received a 20% discount towards a toolbelt. Carter says, “In a school year that has been anything but predictable, CATEC prides itself on remaining true to its mission to provide quality career employment opportunities to our students. Together with our sponsors, we are helping these young people begin careers in our community.”
The following students and their employers participated in 2021's School-to-Work Signing Day event:
Allen Ragland, Dependable Heating and Air, Inc.
Schuyler Richardson, Green Hills Country Club
Corey Collier, Davis Electric
Tyler Morris, Malloy Ford
Dalton Hare, Robertson Electric
Wade Walton, Piedmont Power
William Gillbert, Southern Air, Inc.
Daniel Snoddy, Southern Air, Inc.
To learn more about the event, view the following stories:
Dalton signed his commitment to continue working for Robertson Electric.
Schuyler signed her commitment to continue working for Greene Hills Country Club.
Allen signed his commitment to continue working for Dependable Heating and Air, Inc., and, posed with his Red Wing gift card.
School Counseling: Maggie Wilson
Congratulations to Alexa Barnes (Culinary II) and Matthew Klendworth (Fire Science) for being recognized as our Students of the Month.
Career Development & Workplace Readiness: Amanda Jay
In Career Development this month, students from five programs participated in interview experiences during our Interview Week. Students from Electricity, Auto Body Repair, Auto Service Technology, Culinary Arts, and Vet Science were able to meet with professionals in their industries, practice their interview skills, and ask questions to experts. Some of our students were offered employment with local businesses. All of our community partners said CATEC students were professional and handled their interviews well.