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Programs of Study

The Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center (Tech Center) offers high school students in grades 11 and12 the opportunity to combine academic and vocational preparation to achieve personal fulfillment, responsible citizenship, and economic self-sufficiency. With 22 programs, the Tech Center prepares students for quality, career employment and provides them with the competencies necessary to advance beyond entry-level positions.

The Tech Center also prepares students for existing occupations as well as for those emerging during the coming decades. In today’s extremely competitive job market, it is more important than ever to have a marketable skill. Students who complete programs at the Tech Center have the option to enter the job market directly or to continue their studies at two or four year colleges, community colleges, apprenticeship programs, military service, or professional technical institutions. All Tech Center courses award three credits, and students who wish to attend must complete a Tech Center application which they may obtain from their school counselors. Students learn workplace readiness skills within the content area and will have the opportunity to verify their knowledge of workplace readiness skills through an industry assessment. Below is a list of the courses of study offered at the Tech Center


Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating
Auto Body and Paint Technology
Automotive Service Technology
Carpentry (2nd year course in construction trades program)
Construction Technology
Cosmetology
Culinary Arts
Dental Assisting
Early Childhood Education
Electricity (2nd year course in construction trades program)
Electronics/Robotics
Landscape Design and Management
Legal Systems Administration
Licensed Practical Nursing
Masonry (2nd year course in construction trades program)
Medical Systems Administration
Outdoor Power Equipment
Plumbing and Heating (2nd year course in construction trades program)
Public Safety
Television Communications and Production
Turf Management
Welding