Career and Technology Education

Please use this form to submit your application for a CTE Academy course:  Agriculture/Land Lab, Building Trades, Certified Nurse Aide, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood/Little Sprouts, and Welding. 
CTE Academy courses have limited availability and are capped at 20 total students per double-block course.  Priority is given to students who are able to complete the full course sequence (Typically, four (4), double-blocked semesters or eight (8) total courses.) Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, participate fully in the instructional program, AND follow all expectations outlined by the course syllabus and the IWCS student code of conduct. Successful candidates have a strong work ethic, are motivated to learn new skills, and have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve common goals. 
Completing the application: 
  1. Only completed applications will be considered.  
  2. A separate application should be submitted for each program of interest. 
  3. Students should be prepared to answer all questions and provide the name and email address of at least 2 references who can attest to your work ethic and desire to learn.  The first two references must be current or former teachers, school counselors, administrators, or coaches.  The third, optional reference may be from any current or former supervisor.  (Supervisors may be from paid or volunteer work experiences.)  
  4. Applications are due on or before May 1st of each school year.  Applications received after the closing date will only be considered if space allows. 
  5. Please direct any questions to your school counselor. 
CTE Shuttle Schedules for Windsor and Smithfield High

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for a wide range of careers, workplace readiness skills, industry certifications and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education, including: industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and college degrees.  The dual enrollment program in partnership with community colleges and universities allows students to obtain college credits while attending high school. 


CTE is offered in our middle schools and high schools. CTE is at the forefront of preparing students for college, career and life.  Students may begin career exploration and development in middle and high school through a variety of career and technical education programs. Courses are offered in agriculture, business and information technology, marketing, technology education, military science, health & medical sciences, and trade & industrial education. Cooperative education opportunities enable students to gain valuable workplace experience.


The CTE program equips students with:

  • Core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills in order to function successfully in the workplace.
  • Esential em­ployment skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, citizenship and communication.
  • Job-specific technical skills related to a career pathway.
  • Industry certifications necessary for the workplace, i.e. Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1).

Postsecondary Education and Employment Data


The school division's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program must include notice on its website to enrolled high school students and their parents of (1) the availability of postsecondary education and employment data published by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia, and (2) the opportunity for such students to obtain a nationally recognized career readiness certificate at a local public high school, comprehensive community college, or workforce center.

Career and Technical Education Student Organizations