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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.



Are you a creative person who loves to make things? Check out Welding, a two-year, six credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the welding industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab and use software the shipyards are using to train their employees!
This two-year course combines shop experience with related instruction. Students learn to identify and understand the composition of metals as well as to fabricate various projects. They practice oxyacetylene welding and burning, electric arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and gas metal arc welding. Related studies include blueprint reading, applied mathematics and weld symbols. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: American Welding Society (AWS) Certification- Level 1; National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Assessment- Welding; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

Right now Welding students are working on:
Fabricating different products such as:
Cage and gate for Electrical class, gates for customer's back yard, swimming pool tables and much more!

Our students learn many different welding processes such as:

  • oxyacetylene welding
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • gas tungsten arc welding so they can create anything out of metal.

Participating in field trips to ODU, BAE, Colonnas shipyard, Newport News Shipbuilding, and Liebherr.

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:

  • Newport News Shipbuilding and Norfolk Naval Shipyard: Apprenticeship School
  • Lincoln Electric Welding School
  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
  • Baran Institute

Many universities offer degree programs in Welding Engineering or Metallurgy!

Pipe Welder
Construction Welder
Welding Fabricator
Welding Engineer
Nuclear Welder
Welding Supervisor
Welding Inspector

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 Welding!

The following companies are a sampling of those who have employed our students as interns in welder helper and welder positions:

  • A & D Welding Service
  • Coastal Welding Inc.
  • SI-Tech Labs
  • Graphic Art
  • Green Gifford Nissan

Instructor: Joseph Santos