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Daily Progress Article Features CATEC Instructors

two students learn how to hold a dog while teacher looks on

Cheers to the CATEC instructors recently featured in the Daily Progress. The newspaper interviewed Kim Smyth, CATEC’s veterinary science teacher, Sidney Trimmer, who teachers building trades. The two spoke about their careers and how their class curriculum incorporates their real-world experience.

“I had no clue about the workload, nor the frustrations and heartbreak they encounter so often throughout the school year,” Smyth told the Daily Progress. “As a veterinarian, I am used to heartbreak and know that it’s the success stories that pull those of us in that profession through the hard times. I’m finding the same is true in my new career, as well.”

Director Daphne Kaiser and Human Resources Manager Leslie Chisholm were also featured in the article. Chisholm spoke about the challenges of finding instructors who are both experts in their field and great teachers. Kaiser highlighted the importance of technical education in today’s economy.

“It gives our students a tremendous advantage,” Kaiser said. “They walk out of here and walk into a job with all the skills to jump right in.”

Read the full article here.

Register Now for CATEC’s Summer Programs

CATEC summer camps

Plumbing, HVAC, Carpentry, & Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Earn your OSHA10 certification, workplace readiness credentials, and learn from industry professionals! Students will be engaged in group projects and take field trips to explore careers in plumbing, HVAC, carpentry and electrical (PACE).

PACE is a partnership between CATEC, Central Virginia Apprenticeship Council, and other business partners to help students learn skills in the construction trades and prepare for the workforce. Participants ages 16 and up may be offered an apprenticeship or internship after the program ends.

What: 4-week program
When: June 17—July 12th (closed July 4-5) from 8:30am-12:30pm weekdays.
Ages: Rising 9th -12th grade
Price: FREE of Charge for Albemarle County and Charlottesville City students
How to register: Download the application packet and mail/deliver to CATEC. The address is: 1000 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901, ATTN: PACE Program Call

Any question? Call 434-973-4461 for more information.

Career Exploratory Camps

Save the date for CATEC’s summer camp programs. Explore careers in a skills-based, hands-on environment. Career Camps cover many different jobs, from veterinary science to culinary arts to information technology. Download the application here. Use this Career Camp schedule to see when each camp is available and select which camp(s) your student wants to attend.

Dates: July 1—July 12, 2019 (closed 4th-5th).
Time: Full and half-day options available. Sessions from from 8:30am—12:30 p.m. and 1:00pm—4:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 7th -10th grade
Price: FREE of Charge for Albemarle County and Charlottesville City students

KidsCollege @ CATEC

Kids learn a wide range of new hands-on, skill-based, fun STEM and technical academies. Enroll by April 1 for an early bird discount. Download the brochure for registration and more details
June 17-28, 2019
Time: Full and half-day options available. Sessions from from 9am—12:15 p.m. and 1:15pm—4:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 7th -10th grade
Price: Starting at $139 for a half-day session

Congrats to District SkillsUSA Winners!

Congratulations to the following CATEC students! These students placed in the local SkillsUSA competitions at Massanutten Technical Center on Feb. 8th. Thank you to all participants for fabulously representing CATEC .

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that supports career and technical education. In these competitions, students compete to showcase their technical skills, and industry representatives evaluate student performance. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.  These winning students are eligible to attend state competitions in Virginia Beach on April 12 – 14th.

Emergency Medical Technician 

1st Place:
Blaine Sandridge – WAHS
Virginia Clark – WAHS

2nd Place:
Jessica Walker – WAHS
Lauren Tipton – WAHS

First Aid/CPR

1st – Brianna Smiley – AHS
2nd – Rebecca Gimbert – MHS
3rd – Bailey LaPrade – MHS 


2nd – Jonathan Pace – MHS

1st – Autum Woodson – MHS
2nd – LaAsia Thomas – CHS

Fantasy Manikin
2nd – Neve Karasz

Firefighting Student Earns Emergency Vehicle Operation Certifications

Congratulations to Holly Jenkins, a current CATEC Firefighting student, for earning her Emergency Vehicle Operation – Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 certifications through the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the Virginia Fire Services Board. Last year, Holly was a Monticello High School student and was enrolled in CATEC’s Emergency Medical Technician program.  We’re very proud of you, Holly!

Earning her National Registry EMT and EVOC certifications is a major accomplishment. Only a few states allow high school students to take the EMT program.  These certifications are nationally-recognized career-level certifications that will allow Holly to pursue her Fire/EMS career goals.

“Holly Jenkins was an exemplary student in EMT class, and quickly rose to be a leader in the classroom both in academic achievement and work ethic,” says Holly’s EMT instructor, Catherine Gardner. “Many adults who have been hired by Fire Departments struggle to obtain all of these certifications; it says a lot about Holly’s persistence and dedication that she earned them all by the age of 18.”

Celebrate Career & Technical Education Month with CATEC’s Community Night

February is Career & Technical Education Month, and we are celebrating with a special event! Bring your family to tour CATEC, learn more about our career and technical education programs and enjoy dinner on us.

When: Tuesday, February 5th, 5pm-7pm
Where: 1000 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, Va. 22901

Join CATEC at Barnes & Noble on February 8th

stacks of books on shelf

Support CATEC, learn about our programs, and meet the team at our upcoming Barnes & Noble bookfair.

Where: Barnes & Noble’s Barracks Road Location
Friday, February 8th from 10 – 11:30 & 1:45 – 3:00

  • CATEC staff and students will be in store providing demos, services, and giveaways.
  • Come out and support your regional CTE center and learn about our programs for Albemarle County and Charlottesville City high school students AND adults!
  • A percentage of sales through 2/13/2019 will go towards CATEC if you mention us at checkout or use the online code below

Help us spread the word by downloading the flyer & telling your friends.

Can’t attend in person?

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from from February 8 – 13, 2019. When you make a purchase, enter Bookfair ID 12486379 at checkout. A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit CATEC.


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April 1 – 5, 2019


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