Career & Technical Education

  • In order for students to become successful and productive members of society they must learn to earn. Career and Technology Education prepares students for the world of work, post-secondary education and success in their personal endeavors and relationships. CTE is an integral part of the total education program in Richmond Public Schools. Program offerings in CTE are open to all students in RPS. 


    Our mission is to provide opportunities for students to be prepared for the 21st century world of work, further education and training, and continue to be life-long learners through linkage of education, business, labor market and the community. Our students will be college, career and citizenship ready to be a productive citizen and a success in their family, relationships and community.


    • Improving academic and technical competencies of students
    • Preparing students for the world of work, post secondary educational training and to make career choices
    • Survey the labor market needs and prepare students accordingly
    • Preparing students for industry certification/licensure
    • Preparing students to manage their personal and business affairs
    • Producing well-trained well-educated employees
    • Establish partnerships with the community, post secondary education, business, and industry
    • Provide students with comprehensive career counseling and advising service

    Availability of Postsecondary Education and Employment Data Published by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia

    Availability of Postsecondary Education and Employment Data Published by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia Students and their families are encouraged to use a variety of information sources to select a college and major. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) provides a source on this website.

    Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) useful in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia tuition Assistance Grant Program. The profile is available at this website.

    Richmond Public Schools strive to equip our students with information and access for post-secondary education and employment data.  Information can also be provided through our School Counselors and Career Coaches at every high school.  


    Career and Technical Education Course Disclaimer

    While receiving instruction virtually, Richmond Public Schools does not expect students in high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes to perform hands-on activities and/or use any equipment typically used for those activities, that the student and/or family may personally own or rent, at home, or any place else that they are engaging in virtual instruction.  While it is typically expected in the career and technical education competencies when receiving instruction in a school building that the students perform hands-on activities, during the time that RPS is delivering instruction virtually, CTE teachers will demonstrate the competencies required to complete a task through virtual instruction while students observe only or direct students to watch videos on how to properly complete the task.  Richmond Public Schools shall not be responsible or held liable for any injuries and/or property damage to the student, and/or others at the location, and/or any property owned and/or in the possession of the student’s family, if the student wishes to complete tasks taught through virtual instruction at their residence or any location, with or without adult supervision, and/or using equipment owned or rented by the student and/or the student’s family.  

Integrating CTE into the RPS Instructional Model

  • Title IX Disclaimer

    In accordance with federal laws, the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the policies of the School Board of the City of Richmond, the Richmond Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, disabilities or national origin in the provision of employment and services. The Richmond Public Schools operates equal opportunity and affirmative action programs for students and staff. The Richmond Public Schools is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The School Board also supports equal opportunities and treatment of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation. The Section 504 Coordinator is Ms. Renesha Parkes, Director of Exceptional Education, 301 North 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, (804) 780-7911. The ADA Coordinator is Mr. Timothy Williams, Ombudsman Manager, 301 North 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, (804) 780-7864. The Title IX Coordinator is Mr. Timothy Williams, 301 North 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, (804) 780-7864. The United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights may also be contacted at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202, (202) 401-2000 or 1-800-872-5327.

    School Board: Linda Owen, Chair; Cheryl Burke, Vice Chair; Elizabeth Doerr; J. Scott Barlow; Kenya Gibson; Jonathan Young; Patrick Sapini; Felicia Cosby; Dawn Page; Jason Kamras, Superintendent

Contact Information

  • Career & Technical Education
    301 North Ninth Street
    12th Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219

    Barbara Smith, CTE & Adult Education Director
    804.780.6472; Email
    Fax:  804.780.7605

    Gail Martin, Administrative Assistant
    Phone:  804.780.7762; Email