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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.

Public Safety

Are you a people person who has an interest in serving your community? Check out Public Safety, a two-year, six credit program, where you will learn all of the core ideals police, fire, and rescue departments are seeking in qualified candidates! You will understand the intellectual and physical challenges that face police, fire, and paramedic personnel. You will even have the opportunity to become EMT-B and CPR for Health Care Professionals certified.

Students in this two year program are taught the core ideals that police and fire departments are seeking in candidates for employment. Through a combination of classroom and practical learning modalities the students will gain insight into the intellectual and physical challenges that face police, fire and paramedical personnel. The students will also have the opportunity to earn college credit. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: First Aide ADD & CPR Certification; OSHA Career Safe Examination; National Academies of Emergency Dispatch- Emergency Telecommunications Examination; National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Assessment- Criminal Justice; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

Right now students in Public Safety are working on:
Role playing, fingerprinting, crime scene set-up and analysis, field trips to the SWAT Team training site and other facilities, compete in Skills USA competitions with the chance to win gold medals, and students participate in a ride along program with law enforcement and other public service vehicles. Our graduates have many options after successfully completing their courses!

Further your education at a community college or university consists of:

  • AAS
  • BAS in Emergency Medicine
  •  Police Science
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fire Sciences

Police Officer/Detective
Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)
Military Police
Fire Fighter
Deputy Sheriff
Probation Officer
Secret Service Agent

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 Public Safety!

The following agencies are a sampling of those who have offered our students internship positions:
Virginia Beach Fire Department
Virginia Beach Police Department
TCC Dual Enrollment-- Basic EMT

Instructor: DeWayne Knight