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Career & Technical Education

 CTE Faculty
 Back row: Nancy Cooley, Charlie Scudder, Erik Kittleson, Chris Starke
Front row: Renae Sterling, Diane Breinig, Maryanne Valleau, Heather VanDyke 

What is CTE?

There is a growing need in the U.S. workforce for well-trained employees who are prepared with the 21st Century Skills that businesses and corporations have identified as critical for the challenges of our global ecomomy. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Virginia public schools prepare today's students for their education and workplace experiences by offering quality hands-on learning in a "real-world" context.

The mission of CTE is to ensure that every graduate is prepared for the challenges of post-secondary education and the workplace. Workplace readiness skills emphasized within CTE program include:

  • critical and high order thinking
  • collaboration and teamwork
  •  creativity
  •  personal and social responsibility
  •  communication
  • decision-making skills and more!

CTE Program Areas

The Career & Technical Education department consists of four program areas:

  •  Business & Information Technology
  •  Family & Consumer Sciences
  •  Marketing Education
  • Technology Education

All program area classes incorporate teaching strategies that actively engage students in applying knowledge to real world scenarios. Some courses also provide laboratory learning experiences, such as work in the school store, gourmet foods kitchen, preschool, production lab, and more. All students are provided with opportunities to earn industry certifications aligned with the state competencies for the course.

Teachers and Courses

Business & Information Technology

Ms. Nancy Cooley

Department Chair


Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Advanced CIS

Business Law

Business Management



Mr. Chris Starke

Intro to Business & Marketing

Personal Finance



 Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. Diane Breinig

Early Childhood I & II

Teacher Cadet

Intro to Business and Marketing

*Educators Rising


Mrs. MaryAnne Valleau

Gourmet Foods

Independent Living

Fashion Design

Housing & Interior Design

Human Development


Personal Finance




 Marketing Education

Ms. Heather VanDyke

Intro to Business and Marketing

Marketing 1 Non Co-Op
Marketing 1 Co-Op 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

*School Store



Mrs. Renae Sterling

Marketing 1 Non Co-Op

Marketing 1 Co-Op

Advanced Marketing Non Co-Op

Advanced Marketing Co-Op
Sports & Entertainment Marketing

*School Store



 Technology Education

Mr. Erik Kittleson

Technical Drawing and Design

Engineering Drawing

Architectural Drawing

Advanced Drawing & Design

Aerospace Technology I & II

Technology Transfer

Technology Assessment


*FIRST Robotics


Mr. Charlie Scudder

Materials and Processes

Manufacturing I & II

Production Systems


*FIRST Robotics


Additional Information 
Students enrolled in CTE courses follow a competency-based curriculum established by the Virginia Department of Education in accordance with the sixteen career clusters.  Details are available on the CTE Resource Center website, which outlines the complete task list for each VDOE course.


Graduation Requirements for LCPS Students  
  • Students must complete at least two sequential electives.
  • Student credits earned shall include one credit in fine arts or CTE.
  • Students must earn one-credit in Economics and Personal Finance.
  • Students must earn a CTE credential for a Standard Diploma.
  • Students may utilize credential tests in CTE for earning verified credit. 
Awards for Exemplary Student Performance

The Career and Technical Education Seal may be earned by students receiving the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma who (1) complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a CTE concentration or specialization that they choose and (2) maintain a “B” or better average in those courses or pass an examination that earns certification from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association.


Career & Technical Student Organizations


Enrollment in CTE courses also affords students the unique opportunity to participate in career & technical student organizations at the local, state, and national levels.  These co-curricular student organizations are integrated into the classroom experience to provide additional learning opportunities that develop leadership skills and enhance the student's perspective of the world through field trips, guest speakers, competitive events, and conferences.

 CTSOs at Briar Woods include:

  • DECA -- an Association for Marketing Students
  • Educators Rising -- formerly Future Educations Association (FEA) – now (ER)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • FIRST Robotics

Additional information can be accessed from the Activities page.


Website Links

Career and Technical Education


Virginia Department of Education - CTE

Career and technical education programs in Virginia public schools serve more than 550,000 students in grades 6-12. These programs are designed to prepare young people for productive futures while meeting the commonwealth's need for well-trained and industry-certified technical workers.

Loudoun County Public Schools - CTE

Career and technical education courses are an integral part of the middle school and high school plan of study in addition to offering special programs at the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Technology, C.S. Monroe Technology Center, and NJROTC.

Career and Technical Student Organizations


DECA - National Website

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school and colleges around the globe. More than 185,000 high school members participate in DECA through 5,000 chapters in all 50 states and 8 countries.

Virginia DECA

VA DECA values every one of our 13,000+ members.  From students grades 9 - 12 to advisors, business partners and alumni - each plays a vital part in our organization.  The support of our members allows us to offer programs that reach far more individuals than just our members. 

Educators Rising

Educators Rising, formerly the Future Educators Association (FEA), a member of the PDK International family of associations, is an international student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in education-related careers.  Founded in 1937, Educators Rising has helped thousands of students develop the skills and strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators. 

FBLA - National Website

Welcome to the largest and oldest business student organization in the world! The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students.  More than 11,000 advisers round out the group.

Virginia FBLA

Thousands of Virginia high school students, educators, administrators, and business professionals have chosen to be members of the premier business education association preparing students for careers in business.  All business students are members of FBLA on the local chapter level.  Students have the opportunity to participate in activities at the regional, state, and national levels.

FCCLA - National Website

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Organization is headquartered in Reston, VA. FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.

Virginia FCCLA

What is Virginia FCCLA?  It is the ultimate leadership experience!   The Virginia FCCLA is a state affiliate of the national organization of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.


The Technology Student Association (TSA) fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematices (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs. The TSA Motto is: Learning to Live in a Technical World


Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind.

   For additional information contact the CTE Department Chair:  Nancy Cooley -