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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.

School to Work Program

Picture of TCE Interns

Internship is an option that we offer to students at the Tech Center.  In most cases, the student starts the program in their second and final semester of their TCE course.  Although internship is not appropriate for all students, it can be a valuable tool for students to get “on the job experience” related to their course of study.  When a student expresses interest, the parents must be involved in the process and give their approval.  If the student has demonstrated those qualities that employers are looking for (desire to learn, good attendance/punctuality, quality workmanship, initiative, etc.) and the instructor feels confident that the appropriate skill level has been attained, the student may be a good candidate for internship.  The Tech Center cannot guarantee that every student who expresses interest in the program will be placed in a job, but our placement rate is exceptionally high.  We are fortunate that we have businesses that contact us when they are in the hiring process because they know that we will be able to supply qualified employees for them to consider.   

The majority of our students are employed in the automotive field – auto service and auto body.  Some typical employers are Charles Barker, Checkered Flag, Hall MileOne Auto Group, Beach Ford, RK Subaru, Tidewater Import Car Service, Complete Automotive, London Bridge Motor Co., and Desimone’s Auto Body. Of course, our students are employed/interning in a variety of businesses:  HVAC, small engine repair, landscaping, restaurants, construction, electronics, dental, medical, legal, etc.  

Please contact Donna Hall, School to Work Transition Advisor with any questions that you may have about the internship program.  Also, if you have a business related to a TCE course of study, we welcome speaking with potential partners/mentors for our students.

Jennifer Ailstock
School to Work Transition Advisor
757.648.5850 Ext. 51562