2020-2021 School Year Information
As part of Career and Technical Education Month, CATEC was featured on local media. To read these articles or see the pictures, click below:
In the first week of March we are encouraging all our students to download our app to receive push notifications about school closings and news. Those who download the app can enter to win a $10 gift card! Click here to view the contest flyer.
Students and families who have already downloaded the CATEC, VA app should manually update the app to reflect changes that make the app more user friendly. Make sure you have gone into Settings to make sure you are receiving push notifications from the school and your specific program.
Dear CATEC Students and Families,
It is hard to believe we are at the end of February! It has been an unusual year, but I am very thankful we are resuming some normalcy. We are so happy to see students in the building excitedly learning skills. You know it is a good day when you see so many smiling faces even through masks. Our students have done an amazing job of following the COVID mitigation protocols and it only reinforces what a fantastic student body we have here at CATEC.
February is CTE month. For those of you who may not know, CTE stands for Career and Technical Education and CATEC is a CTE center. February is a time to celebrate all that a Career and Technical Education program can bring to a student’s life. Even beyond learning a trade, students have the opportunity to get real life experience working on cars, preparing food, participating in clinicals, and so much more. As an educational experience, there are few more rich opportunities for students to truly, deeply learn particular content than in a CTE course. Our students leave us well prepared with credentials and, if they choose, they can go off into the workforce immediately after graduation ready to work with no student debt.
As we steam ahead toward the end of the year, I want to express my gratitude to our students and families for your grace with all the shifts and changes. We appreciate you all and look forward to smooth sailing to the end of the 2020-21 school year.
CATEC is hosting its Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday, March 4th from 6:00-7:30 pm. If you want to learn about other CATEC classes for next year, please join us. Help us spread the word to family and friends about our event. Families can participate through this Zoom link: https://k12albemarle.zoom.us/j/97800694778pwd=Smk5MjB0TkIxR0VBbWpxU21BamU0QT09
The School Counseling Office is located in the Career and Counseling Office. Ms. Wilson has created a Calming Room to help students (and families) find calm if they need a break during the day. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Career Development & Workplace Readiness
In Career Development this month, students learned about the concept of branding and worked on creating branding statements for themselves. Students' branding statements directly tie into their skillset and industry and will be put on the top of their resumes. Students begin making their industry-specific resumes in March or April and will learn about making good first impressions in job interviews.
Programs focused on the following VA Workplace Readiness Skills: #21 Reading and Writing and #19 Mathematics.
Automotive Body Repair
Cosmetology I and II
Culinary Arts I and II
In February, all Culinary Arts students participated in the planning, prepping, cooking, and customer service skills needed to make CATEC's food bus, Technical Eats! serve its first meal this year. Up and running for the last three years, Technical Eats! runs as food truck business where students gain work-based learning skills. Because of the unique challenges classes have faced this year, the food bus has not been able to travel around Charlottesville. To wrap up our celebration of CTE Month, Technical Eats! served food to the community in the CATEC parking lot and it was a big success. The following news outlets covered this event: NBC29, CBS19, The Daily Progress.
Emergency Medical Technician
Academic Courses: English 11, English 12/Government, & Personal Finance/Economics
With the release of CATEC's Program of Studies for the 2021-2022 school year, we are emphasizing our academic course offerings next year. CATEC students will have opportunities to integrate more required academic classes into their trade classes. Click here to read more about integrated academic classes for next year.
English 11 students have been deep diving into six major controversies in the beauty industry, including lack of diversity, social media influencers, animal testing, and the environmental impact of beauty. Students will be creating either a persuasive blog or vlog defending their stance on a beauty controversy. These blogs and vlogs will be posted on the CATEC Cosmetology blog site "One Curl at a Time." By practicing persuasive writing, we are also preparing to take the Work Keys Writing exam, which will be given the last week of March.
English 12/Government students learned all about the powers of the Legislative Branch and how the members of Congress (at both the state and federal level) put those powers into action. Throughout the unit, students gave "Daily Briefings" on hot topics in the news and will end the unit by creating a persuasive letter to send to a representative or to a local newspaper.
Adult Education and Apprenticeship Programs
Spring semester classes have begun. Another round of Adult Nurse Aide and Medication Aide classes will begin in March. The Adult Education and Apprenticeship Program offers lots of online courses; visit their webpage to see a full list of classes you can take right from home. Interested students should contact us or visit the website for more information. The program also accepts Veteran's benefits.
Congratulations Program Manager Shannon Tomlin for continuing to build relationships with local employers. Click here to read about her work with Design Electric.