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The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS) this month honored 15 exemplary career and technical education programs and partnerships. The awards were presented during the annual Creating Excellence Awards Program in Richmond on June 8.

“These honorees are great examples of partnerships that connect K-12 education to community college credentials and real world employers,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “Their efforts are preparing the commonwealth’s workforce for the new Virginia economy.”

The VCCS Postsecondary CTE State Awards were presented in two categories as follows:

  • Business and Industry Partnership Award
    • ATOS Corporation, nominated by Southside Virginia Community College
  • Program Award
    • The Culinary Arts Program, nominated by J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College
    • The Women in STEM Program, nominated by Virginia Western Community College

The VDOE Secondary CTE awards were given in three categories as follows:

  • Advisory Committee Award
    • State and Region 2 – Newport News City Public Schools CTE Advisory Committee
    • Region 4 – The Marshall Academy Governor’s STEM Advisory Committee, Fairfax County Public Schools
    • Region 5 – The Fluvanna County Public Schools CTE Advisory Committee
  • Business and Industry Partnership Award
    • State and Region 5 – English Construction, nominated by Campbell County Public Schools
    • Region 1 – Chamber RVA, nominated by Chesterfield County Public Schools
    • Region 3 – Donnie Wells, Wawa, nominated by Spotsylvania County Public Schools
    • Region 4 – NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, nominated by Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Program Award
    • State and Region 1 – Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Environmental Biotechnologies Program
    • Region 3 – Richmond County Public Schools’ Culinary Arts Program
    • Region 4 – Fairfax County Public Schools’ STEM Robotics Systems 1
    • Region 5 – Lynchburg City Public Schools’ Culinary Arts Program
    • Region 8v Appomattox County Public Schools’ Veterinary Medicine Program