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2024-25 federal grant information presented to Virginia Beach School Board

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 14 meeting. For the 2024-25 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $21.1 million in formula grant funds through programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

Automotive Service Technology

This is a two-year course for the student who aspires to become an automobile technician. The program is designed to provide an in-depth study of the automobile and its operating systems, including engine repair, engine performance, electricity/electronics, brakes, steering, and suspension. Students also have the opportunity to work in the AYES program established in conjunction with local automobile repair facilities. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician Examinations- (series of 9 potential certifications); Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification Assessments- (series of 9 potential certifications); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safety and Pollution Prevention (SP2) Certifications- Mechanical Safety, Mechanical Pollution Prevention; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

Are you a detailed person who loves to know how things work? You will learn many of the skills the automotive industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab on real equipment, and you will even have the opportunity to earn the highly regarded ASE Industry Certifications, the Virginia State Inspection License, and the ASE Refrigerant Handler's Certification!
After the Tech Center:
In addition to going straight to the work force, our graduates have many options after successfully completing their courses! Further your education at a community college, technical school or university:

TCC: AAS in Automotive Technology -To view a video highlighting their programs click here.
ODU: BS in Engineering
Technical Schools: Advanced Technology Institute, Baran Institute, Marine Mechanics Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, NASCAR Technical Institute.

Body Shop Technician
Automotive Paint Technician
Automotive Technician
Diesel Service Technician - For an article discussing the shortage nationwide for Truck Technicians click here.
Service Advisor
Parts Salesperson
Automotive Claims Adjuster and Appraisor
Managerial positions

All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Automotive Services Technology!
The following dealerships and service centers have been an integral part of our vast internship program, providing our students with mentorship and experience that is unmatched!

Instructors: James Bruce and Wayne Champigny