There is a change in diploma requirements for Virginia’s rising high school freshmen, effective this school year.
According to the Virginia Department of Education (VDE), any student attending a public school and pursuing a standard diploma will now be required to earn a Career and Technical Education credential (CTE) to graduate.
According to Todd Ryan, Louisa County High School counseling director and CTE coordinator, over a third of the school’s 2013 graduates who earned either a standard or advanced studies diploma earned a CTE credential.
“Louisa County High School has a very robust CTE program,” Ryan said.
Some of the credentials that students can earn a license or certification in are a certified nursing assistant license, cosmetology license, Microsoft Office specialist certification, ServSafe certification and W!SE financial literacy certification.
More than 350 credentialing examinations have been approved by the Virginia Board of Education.
According to the VDE, CTE prepares students for many of the jobs in Virginia forecasted to experience the fastest growth in the coming years.
VDE currently estimates 63 percent of jobs require some type of postsecondary education or training.
CTE will allow students to leave high school with the knowledge and skills needed to continue their learning and have a choice in their future, according to Ryan.
VDE contends the credentials also boost a student’s resume. It shows their superior grasp of job-related skills and knowledge allowing them to stand out in the competitive job market.
According to Ryan, LCHS is in excellent shape with a strong CTE program. The school will work with students to ensure they meet all their requirements for graduation.