Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Business & Information Technology, Marketing, and Technology & Engineering Education

image of the cte department on the stairs at Oakton


Our Mission

Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Oakton High School is composed of three program areas: Business & Information Technology, Marketing, and Technology & Engineering Education. By enrolling in a Career and Technical Education course or program, students learn the technical applications of many occupations while preparing for higher education or entry-level employment. A core, or standard, program of Career and Technical Education courses are offered in every middle and high school. Based on the needs of the populations served, each school determines optional courses to be offered.

Career Experiences

Students have opportunities for internships, job shadowing, mentoring, and technology and career fairs.

Industry Certification

Many CTE courses prepare students for industry certification opportunities. Students who desire this professional credential must pass an industry-developed, industry evaluated exam at the end of the CTE course. Earning an industry credential demonstrates the professional skill level the student has achieved and provides industry-recognized proof that the student is prepared for career-related responsibilities or post-secondary education or training. The Virginia Board of Education has approved many exams for the purpose of awarding verified credit, specifically designated as “Student-Selected Verified Credit.”

Student Organizations

These groups provide opportunities for students to participate in national co-curricular organizations, including

  • DECA
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Technology Student Organization (TSA)

Department Chair and Administrator

Career & Technical Education Staff