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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.

Outdoor Power Equipment

Are you a detailed person who has an interest in how things work? Check out Outdoor Power Equipment, a two-year, six credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the Small Engines industry is seeking in qualified technicians! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab on Toro mowers and donated motorcycles and equipment, and you will even have the opportunity earn the highly regarded EETC 2-stroke and 4-stroke certifications!

This two year program will introduce students to small engines, motorcycle and marine basics and the knowledge and skills required to service and repair small engine. The course will also prepare students to service 2 and 4 stroke engines by providing in depth knowledge of drive lines, hydraulics, hydrostatic transmissions and electrical systems. Students will have the opportunity to become power equipment certified by passing the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) third party examination. The certification is recognized and accepted by the Small Engines industry. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Outdoor Power Equipment Program/Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) Certifications; National Occupational Testing Institute (NOCTI) Assessment- Small Engine Technology; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

Right now students in Outdoor Power Equipment are working on:

Customizing new Harley Davidson motorcycles, working on equipment from real customers, working on marine engines, and working towards earning industry certifications in 2 and 4 stroke engines through EETC.

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 universities such as:
Universal Technical Institute
Tidewater Community College: Automotive Repair

Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Technician
Marine Technician
Automotive Technician
Motorcycle Technician

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 Small Engine Technology!

The following businesses are a sampling of those who have employed our students as interns in engine repair positions:
Land and Coates
Various small engine repair shops

Instructor: Timothy Kennedy