Career and Technical Education Month
Posted on 02/24/2020
ROTEC student weldingFebruary is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow's."

The Roanoke Technical Education Center (ROTEC) serves nearly 6,000 middle and high school students in Roanoke City Schools.  They can pursue 14 different career paths.  In the last few years, ROTEC has added programs for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Commercial Photography, and Cyber Security. 

ROTEC boasts a graduation rate of 97%, one of the highest in Virginia.  2,180 industry certifications were earned last year.

By 2021, high school students are expected to experience some kind of work based learning before they graduate.  This year, ROTEC has added apprenticeships, paid and unpaid internships, and clinical opportunities for students. 

To celebrate CTE Month, Roanoke City Schools will highlight the accomplishments of ROTEC students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.


Tre English of PHTre English of Patrick Henry High School is enrolled in ROTEC's Teachers for Tomorrow Program.  Tre hopes to become a secondary principal.


Madison SinkMadison Sink of William Fleming High School has taken a number of CTE classes and is active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  She plans to pursue Business Administration at Roanoke College.


Hayden Gray of PHHayden Grady of Patrick Henry High School enjoys his coding and game design classes.  He hopes to become a computer engineer.


Avantae SladeAvantae Slade of William Fleming High School is the team captain of the Skills USA Welding Team.  He wants to pursue a career in Welding.


Joseph Valentine of WFJoseph Valentine of William Fleming High School has a paid internship at a technology company in downtown Roanoke.  Joseph plans to earn a Mechanical Engineering degree at Virginia Tech.


Makayla ScottMakayla Scott of Patrick Henry High School has a passion for Culinary Arts.  She wants to go to college to become a doctor.


Jania HutchinsonJania Hutchinson of William Fleming High School is in the Teachers for Tomorrow Program.  She plans to attend Radford University to pursue a teaching degree.


Zachary LeachZachary Leach of Patrick Henry High School is active in the Engineering Program.  He currently has a paid internship with the Western Virginia Water Authority.  He hopes to pursue Aerospace Engineering in college.




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