Career and Technical Education programs prepare students for further education at two- or four-year colleges and universities, technical schools or career academies, apprenticeships, or to enter the workforce upon graduation from high school. Career and Technical Education instructional programs are correlated with Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOLs) and provide opportunities to reinforce SOL instruction.


    Students should take Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses for exposure to their career paths and interests. Students pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma may enhance their career plans by enrolling in CTE courses. Dual enrollment and community college credits are also available for students in certain CTE courses. CTE courses support effective college planning by reducing indecision about college programs of study, and can help families make effective use of financial resources.


    CTE offers a competency-based curriculum at both the middle and high school levels. All middle school programs include keyboarding/computers, family and consumer science (FACS), and technology education. These experiences provide opportunities for students to explore careers, interests and abilities, and life skills and prepare them for a more rigorous high school CTE curriculum. High school programs include agriculture, business/information technology, FACS, health and medical sciences, marketing, technology education, and trade and industrial education. Most high school courses offer the opportunity to earn industry-based certifications through national/industry assessments and/or licensure exams. Two sequential concentration CTE courses fulfill the elective requirements for graduation. Each CTE program offers co-curricular student organizations to enhance the CTE learning experience.


    Students may actively engage in research, practice, literature, discussion, and planning for action in service-learning opportunities offered at the high school level either as an elective class, Learn and Serve, or independent study (Students Serving Stafford). Students at the middle and elementary school level develop civic knowledge, community awareness, and literacy through special projects.


    Events, programs and resources direct students to develop and reflect on their career goals, and actively plan the most effective path to success. Thus, School-to-Career serves ALL students, enabling them to maximize their academic and career-related learning in high school with an eye to eventual employment. School-to-Career serves families by helping them allocate their financial resources most effectively for post-secondary education.  Please visit the 16 Career Clusters website to explore career options and gain information and resources.


    Parents and students should consult their CTE teachers, counselors, and the SCPS Program of Studies for additional information as to course opportunities, program requirements, and locations for high school CTE courses. Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSOs), Learn and Serve, and Building Bright Futures need parent volunteers as guest speakers for career information and technical resources, to assist in competitions and chaperone field trips, and to serve on advisory committees.


CTE Announcements

  • Important EMT Student Info 2021-2022

    Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    This information was emailed to EMT students on July 8, 2021. Please read and take action all EMT students are prepared at the start of class in August.

    I am Mrs. Raines the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) teacher at Stafford High School.

    Your name is on the tentative roster for class. Please understand that schedules have not been finalized at this time and your schedule could change.

    There are a couple of things I wanted to let you know about the class and course work you can take care of before you return to school.

    1. Please make sure you are scheduled for EMT I and EMT II. Both sections are necessary to complete the course and sit for the certification exams. You must be 16 years old when school starts.
    2. EMT is a very intense course and will require a lot of study on your part. EMTs deal with illness, injury and life saving measures on a daily basis. You will be working with an online program as well as in class lectures, skills and scenarios. I recommend having a notebook in which to outline the chapters to help with study.
    3. Health Care Provider CPR or Professional Rescuer CPR is required for the course. Last year it was a co-requisite and will become a pre-requisite again soon. You can take a course before school. Stafford County Fire and Rescue (staffordfirerescue.com – click on “About us” then “services” and finally “Training Opportunities) offers a course once a month (approx. $20.00). Mary Washington Hospital also offers the course (approx. $85.00). I will also work on either a course or a recert of skills the first week of school.
    4. National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 100, 200, 700 and 800 are required.  These are online courses and if possible, should be completed prior to class starting. I have included information on Hazardous Materials and recommended.

    Please complete the following online trainings:

    NIMS 100-200-700-800 & Hazardous Material Awareness (Optional)

    (These classes are free)

    You will need to create a Student Identification Number to complete the online classes by clicking here https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid 

    The Emergency Response Guide is available as an App or I have copies.

    1. A uniform will be required for class.  Heartland Embroidery does the required polo shirts and optional T-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets. The prices are:

    Polo Shirts $ 19.98  2xl and up $ 21.98  (First initial and Last name)


    T-shirts $ 14.98 2xl and up $ 16.98

    Jackets $ 48.98  2xl and up $ 50.98

    Collared Sweatshirt $ 27.98 2xl and up $ 29.98

    You can go ahead and purchase on your own or I will submit a large order when we return to school.

    The address is 2072 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford VA 22554. Phone is 540-659-2411. The person I am dealing with is Jackie.

    1. You will need black or dark blue uniform pants. You can purchase EMT pants if you wish but they are not required. Black safety boots – they must have a safety toe (composite is lighter than steel toed) and ankle support. There are various stores and online sites. Corky’s in downtown Fredericksburg has offered discounts to students in the past. Walmart carries the boots. The FireStore.com is also a good site.
    2. When or if we are allowed to do clinical rotations on the ambulance you will need to provide a copy of your shot record (you can obtain from school nurse or your physician), a negative 9 panel drug screening and negative TB test. Also agencies that we use may require other screening such as Covid and or flu shot.
    3. If you are interested in volunteering, see the website Staffordfirerescue.com. I can ask the volunteer coordinator to come by class and give you information if we have a lot of interest. Volunteering can be helpful understanding patient care.
    4. If you have any questions, please contact me.  See you in August.
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