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What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides the basic building blocks for up-to-date career exploration and career goal setting. CTE captures the natural curiosity of students through technology and by making connections to careers and employment. Students learn teamwork, critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and leadership in dynamic high-tech classes designed to model business and industry standards. Students can apply what they have learned in other courses with hands-on learning in CTE. CTE course empower students and answers the questions, “Why do I need to know this?” and “How can I apply my education to a career?”

CTE relies on stakeholders to ensure our programs are sufficient in size, scope, and quality to meet the needs of all students served by Hampton City Schools. If you are interested in learning how you can be involved, please fill out this form to get started.

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    C-CAP-Awards: Phoebus High School Culinary students win scholarships
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    Placing the prototype: Kecoughtan AAA Governor's STEM Academy students build lifeguard stands for Buckroe Beach
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    Hampton High Boat: Hampton High School boat design selected as a finalist for the SNAME boat design contest sponsored by The Apprentice School
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    Kecoughtan DECA: Kecoughtan High School DECA students win awards at state competition
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Kecoughtan FBLA Students win awards at State Competition

What is Business and Information Technology?
Through the Business and Information Technology program, students are provided opportunities to complement their academic preparation while exploring a variety of careers and learning skills and concepts in the areas of keyboarding and word processing, computer applications and solutions, entrepreneurship and principles of business and marketing.

Intensive preparation for business and information technology careers is available at the secondary level. Courses enable students to investigate opportunities in business, prepare for entry and advancement on the job, develop management skills and identify further education and training necessary within a chosen career cluster.

Courses Offerings:

Potential Industry Certifications:

  • WISE Financial Literacy
  • Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth
  • Certified Internet Web Professional
  • IC3 Certification
  • Microsoft Certified Professional Examinations
  • Microsoft Technology Associate Program
  • Microsoft Office Specialist

Potential Careers Include:

  • Office Manager
  • Network Administrator
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Computer Support
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Database Administrator
  • Administrative Services
  • Technical Writer
  • Human Resources
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Accountant
  • Computer Scientist
  • Financial Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Telecommunications

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Student Organization – FBLA: Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The goals of the organization include developing competent, aggressive business leadership, strengthening the confidence of students, and creating more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise. For more information or to join please visit


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Professional Organization – Virginia Business Education Association
VBEA was established in 1976 for the purpose of advancing and improving business education in Virginia. Members are afforded opportunities for professional development, leadership, training, and recognition. Yearly teaching recognition and scholarships are awarded at the annual summer conference. For more information or to join please visit

Phoebus culinary students win scholarships

What is Family and Consumer Science?
Family and Consumer Science programs facilitate student progress toward a set of unifying goals in the areas of academic achievement, cultural and environmental issues, health and safety, individual and family relations, leadership and workplace ethics, and application of technology. The mission is to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed for work and family life. Career clusters included in the area of Family and Consumer Science include Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, Education, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, and Marketing. For more information about Family and Consumer Sciences in Virginia please visit

Application for Admission into the Culinary Arts program at Phoebus High School

Courses Offerings:

Potential Industry Certifications:

  • ProStart Program Certification
  • ServSafe Manager Certification
  • Broad Field FACS Assessment

Potential Careers Include:

  • Restaurant Cook
  • Supervisor of Food Service Workers
  • Recreation Workers
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  • Food Service Managers
  • Bakers
  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Concierge
  • Childcare Providers
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers 
  • Human Services Assistants
  • Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
  • Retail Salesperson
  • Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
  • Retail Managers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Retail Buyers
  • Merchandise Displayers

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America logoStudent Organization – FCCLA: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students. Their mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. For more information and to join FCCLA please visit and

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Professional Organization – Virginia Association for Teachers of Family and Consumer Science
Since 1909, VATFACS has worked to effect the optimal well-being of families and individuals by empowering members to act on continuing and emerging issues, focusing the expertise of members for action on critical issues, and assuming leadership among organizations with mutual purposes. For more information and to join VATFACS please visit


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Bethel Governor's Health Science Academy students take second place in the HOSA competition at the State Fair of Virginia!

What is Health and Medical Sciences?

Health and Medical Sciences programs prepare students for careers in disciplines related to medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health occupations programs through therapeutic, diagnostic, rehabilitative, managerial, and supportive services. These courses prepare students with basic skills for employment in nursing homes, clinics, medical and dental offices, hospitals, homes, and certain public health settings. They also facilitate entry into advanced health occupations programs that require post-high school education leading to state licensure, certification, registration, or national credentialing.

Potential Careers Include:

  • Registered Nurses                       • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Home Health Aides                     • Medical Assistants
  • Dental Assistants                         • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Pharmacists                                 • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Physical Therapists                     • EMTs and Paramedics
  • Dental Hygienists                        • Medical Laboratory Technicians
  • Dentists                                        • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Psychiatric Technicians              • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists             • Physician Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapists               • Physical Therapist Assistants


HOSA logoStudent Organization – HOSA: HOSA is a national student organization with a two-fold mission to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the Health Science Education and HOSA partnership. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition for students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs. For more information or to join please visit


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Professional Organization – Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association: The Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association was formed in 1978 in response to a need for an organization solely for health occupations educators in Virginia. The purposes of VAHAMSEA are to promote the development and advancement of health occupations education, to encourage the growth and development of those engaged in the field, and to support the programs and objectives of the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education. For more information or to join please visit


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Kecoughtan DECA students win awards at State Competition

What is Marketing Education?
Marketing programs prepare students for the critical business functions related to directing the flow of products and services from the producer all the way to the consumer. Students gain a fundamental understanding of the marketing concept and basic marketing skills, which are essential not only to those entering a marketing field but for everyone entering the workforce. Students leave marketing programs with knowledge and highly transferable skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving.

What is Cooperative Education?
Cooperative education prepares students for careers in the marketing field by combining classroom instruction with paid employment that is directly related to the student’s plan of study. Students enrolled in this program earn one credit for their marketing course and one credit for their supervised employment.

Courses Offerings:


Potential Industry Certifications:

  • National Retail Federation Customer Service
  • National Retail Federation Sales
  • National Retail Federation Retail Management
  • Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth

Potential Careers Include:

  • Retail Sales/Management
  • Promotion Managers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Event Planners
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Travel Agents
  • Public Relations
  • Lodging Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Advertising Sales
  • Human Resource Managers'
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Wholesale and Retail Buyers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Producers and Directors 
  • Fashion Designers
  • Sports Agents
  • Marketing Education Teachers

DECA logoStudent Organization – DECA:
“DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.” DECA has over 215,000 members in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and seven other countries and territories. DECA prepares students to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders. Learn more at and


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Professional Organization – Virginia Association of Marketing Educators:
VAME has over 65 years of experience serving Virginia’s marketing educators. It is a 501©3 non-profit organization that supports the efforts of Virginia’s marketing education teachers, administrators, and business professionals. Visit to learn more and join this organization!

Navy logoNavy Junior ROTC

The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significant of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extracurricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training.

Air force logoAir Force Junior ROTC

The mission of Air Force JROTC is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” The objectives of JROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. The program is grounded in Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies, and space exploration. Curriculum opportunities include academic studies, character education, life skills education, leadership opportunities, team-building experiences, intramural competition, field trips, and training opportunities.

Marine Corps logoMarine Corps Junior ROTC

MCJROTC is at its essence a Leadership Education Program meant solely to develop character and citizenship. Benefits of participating in the MCJROTC program include increased motivation to learn, a disciplined and constructive learning environment, and he development of essential skills such as time organization, responsibility, goal setting, and teamwork. The mission of MCJROTC is to provide a course of leadership education designed to develop informed citizens, strengthening character by the teaching of discipline, and developing the understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship. 

Army logoArmy Junior ROTC

The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a program that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the Army and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. The outcomes include; acting with integrity and personal accountability, engaging in civic and social concerns, graduating prepared to excel in post-secondary options and career pathways, making decisions that promotion positive social, emotional, and physical health, and valuing the role of the military and other service organizations.

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Phoebus Robotics students demonstrate their robot at the Peninsula Business Expo

What is Technology Education?
The technology education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to technology and begin learning to use it in the classroom. At the middle school level, students considering a career in technology may explore the subject in several overview courses. At the high school level, students take courses to prepare them for technical or professional programs of higher education, such as STEM careers, engineering or architecture. The goals of the program include comprehending the dynamics of technology, employing the technological processes of problem-solving, analyzing the behavior of technological systems, and applying scientific principles.

Project Lead the Way Engineering Program
This technical education program offers a rigorous 4-year course of study designed for students desiring a career as an engineer or engineer technician.

Project Lead the Way Courses:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Digital Electronics
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Development

Potential Industry Certifications:

  • OSHA Safety Certification
  • Adobe Certified Associate
  • AutoCAD Certification
  • MT1 Certification

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Student Organization – TSA: The Technology Student Association is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TSA’s membership includes over 225,000 middle and high school students. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more. For more information or to join please visit or



Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association logo Professional Organization – Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association: VTEEA began in 1958 when a group of educators sought to promote their profession to provide a state-wide forum for their ideas. Today, VTEEA is a non-profit organization serving more than 1,000 educators in Virginia. The association sponsors regional programs for teachers, supports activities for the Technology Student Association, provides a quarterly publication, conducts an annual staff development conference, and continues to advance work for the profession. For more information please visit

What is Education for Employment?
Education for Employment introduces students to the concept of work and the process of making informed career and continuing education choices. These choices are required to successfully transition to the workplace. Students are taught ethical behaviors and career-research, job-acquisition, workplace-communication, self-awareness, self-advocacy, customer-service, and life skills.

What is Office Specialist?
Students complete the Office Specialist sequence or progress in the sequence until prepared to transfer into other business courses. Students develop skills in areas including keyboarding, word processing, office procedures, and records management.

Courses Offerings:

Potential Industry Certifications:

  • WISE Financial Literacy
  • Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • College and Work Readiness Assessment

Potential Careers Include:

  • Office Clerk
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Bookkeeping Clerks
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  • Receptionists
  • Executive Secretaries and Assistants
  • Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
  • Human Resources Assistants
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
  • File Clerks

SkillsUSA logoStudent Organization – SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. They provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. For more information about SkillsUSA or to join please visit or


Virginia Business Education Association logoProfessional Organization – Virginia Business Education Association
VBEA was established in 1976 for the purpose of advancing and improving business education in Virginia. Members are afforded opportunities for professional development, leadership, training, and recognition. Yearly teaching recognition and scholarships are awarded at the annual summer conference. For more information or to join please visit

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Department of Human Resources
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