Looking for fun summer activities? Check out KidsCollege at CATEC

This summer, CATEC is offering a wide range of hands-on, skill-based, STEM and technical academies for rising 7th-10th graders. Learn everything from making cupcakes, to firefighting, to splicing DNA. The academies at CATEC run the weeks of June 18-22 and June 25-29.

  • Morning and/or afternoon academies
  • STEM & technical programs
  • Located at CATEC on Rio Road
  • NEW! CATEC Foundation Scholarship

Register by April 2 for an early bird discount:  $10 off every class.

Download the brochure for details on KidsCollege@CATEC

KidsCollege@CATEC is a collaboration between PVCC and CATEC. Visit www.pvcc.edu/kidscollege for more information.

Apply for CATEC Scholarships: Deadline March 29

Planning to continue your studies after CATEC?  If you are currently a senior, post-grad, or adult who is completing a program at CATEC, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. To be considered, download and complete this packet.

Five of these scholarships are provided by the CATEC Foundation Board and are one-time awards in the amount of $1,000 each.  The two additional scholarships, The Leslie Hughes Walton and Rotary Scholarships, are awards of at least $1,500.

The evaluation criteria include academic success, community service, demonstration of technical skills within your trade, work ethic, teacher recommendation, and financial need.

Complete one application to be considered for the following scholarships:

  • Leslie Hughes Walton ($1,500) — The award is based on grades, what the student intends to do with their education, and financial need.
  • Albemarle County Rotary Club ($1,500) — Financial need, in order to continue the student’s education at a university, college, or technical school, is the one of the main criteria.  There is also a heavy emphasis on community service.
  • CATEC Foundation (4 for $1,000)These scholarships are based on academic success, community service, demonstration of technical skills, work ethic, and financial need.
  • Lance Van de Castle ($1,000) — This recipient must be a Building Trades student in high school or apprenticeship program who is pursuing post-secondary or additional training in that particular trade area. In Mr. Van de Castle’s memory, the student needs to have a “clear desire to do what is right and accept nothing but the best.”

If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 434-973-4461.

Download the application here..

Celebrate GO Skilled Trades Academy Graduation

Join us as we celebrate the graduation of our inaugural GO Skilled Trades Academy cohort! Graduates will offer presentations about their experience in the program, and certificates will be awarded. Food will be provided.

When: March 12, 2018

Where: Charlottesville Area Transit
1545 Avon Street Extended

Parking available in CAT parking lot. Overflow parking in school bus lot.

Please RSVP to Cory Demchak at demchakc@charlottesville.org by Thursday, March 8th.

Learn More about UVA’s Apprenticeship Program

Interested in a career in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, masonry, plumbing or other building trades? Check out UVA Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program.  This four-year program offers highly motivated applicants an opportunity to learn through a combination of on-the-job training, technical education and classroom instruction. Attend the Apprenticeship Job Fair to learn more.

Apprenticeship Job Fair

Interested applicants are invited to attend UVA’s Apprenticeship Job Fair and learn more about the program. Current and graduate apprentices as well as members of facilities management team will be available to share insights and answer questions.

When: March 6, 2018 from 9-11 a.m.
Where: UVA Alumni Hall
211 Emmet St. South, Charlottesville


Applicants must be able to meet the physical requirements for their prospective trades. They must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and be at least 18 years of age by the time new apprentices begin work.

This year, UVA is accepting applications for apprentices in the following fields:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Masonry
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing

Apply at jobs.virginia.edu. Learn more about the program at apprenticeship.fm.virginia.edu

CATEC’s EMT Program Featured on Local News

CBS News 19 recently covered the return of CATEC’s EMT program. The story features video and interviews with the program’s students and teacher Catherine Gardner, who relaunched the course for the 2017-2018 school year.

“They’re getting an education that’s a little different from high school classes,” Gardner told CBS News 19. “They’re going to get a whole lot of critical thinking, very hands on and a lot of adult experiences.”

Check out the full story here.

Teen Job & Internship Fair

Teen Opportunities Fair is a great chance to learn about jobs, internships and volunteer experiences. Get help lining up opportunities for this summer. Be sure to bring copies of your resume and dress professionally.

March 22
at CATEC (1000 East Rio Road)

Don’t have a car? Don’t worry. CATEC is accessible by bus route 11.

This event is brought to you by:

Community Night and Soul Feast

Travel through CATEC and feed your soul!  Community Night is an excellent opportunity to learn about CATEC’s programs and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018,
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1000 East Rio Road,
Charlottesville, VA 22901


You will be given a CATEC passport that will get stamped at each program stop. Be sure to check out the progress on Technical Eats’ CATEC Food Bus!

Use your competed CATEC passport to enter a raffle & dine at the “soul food” dinner buffet. The meal is catered by Angelic’s Kitchen and CATEC Culinary! Enjoy music from the Music Resource Center (MRC) student band.

Find out if you are a lucky winner of one our program area raffle items!

Place Your Order for CATEC’s 16th Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser

Happy Thanksgiving! Unfortunately, this year’s ordering deadline has passed. Please keep CATEC in mind for your 2018 celebration.

CATEC’s Culinary Arts students want to take the stress out of your Thanksgiving. Order your favorite Thanksgiving dish and support our culinary program.

How to Order and Pick-Up

To place your order, complete this online order form. All orders must be placed by noon on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. Supplies are limited and no late orders will be accepted.

Pick up is located at the CATEC Culinary Arts Classroom at 1000 Rio Road East. Pick-up times are:

  • Monday, November 20 from 3:30 PM-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 21 from 3:30 PM-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 7:00a-11:00a.
    Have questions? Email CATEC Culinary Arts program.

Instructions for reheating will be provided.

Side Dishes

Apple Walnut Sausage Stuffing: $11.25 2lbs (serves 6-8)
Fresh Mashed Potatoes: $9.75 2lbs (serves 4-6
Green Beans with fresh herbs/nuts: $11.25 2lbs (serves 6-8)
Macaroni and Cheese: $10.75 2lbs (serves 5-7)
Homemade Cranberry-Apple Orange Relish 1 lb: $ 8.75 (serves 6-8)

Main Dishes

Sliced All White Meat Roasted Turkey Breast w/gravy: $22.00 2lbs (serves 4-6)


No time to bake your favorite pie for Thanksgiving? Let the Culinary Arts students at CATEC do it for you!
Pecan Pie: $13.25
Pumpkin Pie: $10.50
Traditional Apple Pie: $10.50


Country Ham Biscuits w/ Dijonaise sauce (2”): $9.00 per dozen

Announcing Parent Teacher Conference Week

November 6th-10th is Parent Teacher Conference Week at CATEC. (Albemarle County and Charlottesville City are holding conferences on Tuesday, November 7).

CATEC teachers will be available for conferences during the school day (8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) on Tuesday, November 7. However, if you cannot make November 7,  please make an appointment to meet with your student’s teacher another time during the week.

To do so, please download, print and complete this letter with your preferred date and time.  Then, detach the bottom and ask you student to return the slip to his/her CATEC teacher. The form will also be sent home with all CATEC students on Monday, October 30.

School Bus to Food Truck Project Awarded $25K Grant

The SkillsUSA grant program, which funds projects for students learning trades, awarded CATEC $25,000 to help pay for the conversion of a retired school bus into a food truck.

The grant puts CATEC well on its way to funding the school-bus-turned-food-truck project. CATEC was also awarded a $5,000 grant from the Shannon Foundation in August.

CATEC’s food truck project involves students from the school’s many different programs. Culinary students will prepare the food, and auto tech students will outfit the bus for service.  The bus project will also involve health and medical students, who will plan the menu, and students in the Cisco lab, who will design a program to track sales. Students will also host a “fill the bus” food drive benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

CATEC is one of 31 schools nationwide to receive a SkillsUSA grant. This year’s SkillsUSA’s grants were funded by Lowe’s and given to projects that build the skills of students learning trades. To apply for a grant, students completed a written application, detailing why their project is important, how it will be conducted and the outcomes and benefits. Finalists were selected based on their proposal and plans.

To learn more about the SkillsUSA, see their website. 

Blood Drive to Benefit American Red Cross

CATEC’s Health and Medical Science Academy students are hosting a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross. Help save lives by donating blood. Please call 434-973-4461 or email stomlin@k12albemarle.org to schedule a time. Walk-ins are welcome, but there may be a wait.

When: October 24, 2017, 9am-3pm

Where: CATEC Auditorium, 1000 East Rio Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia



Join CATEC’s Back to School Community Bash

Celebrate back to school at CATEC. Bring a friend and tell your neighbors. They will not want to miss the fun!

Back to School Bash

Saturday 9/23 (rain or shine)


  • Antique car show by the Charlottesville chapter of the Piedmont Antique Auto Club of America
  • Free bouncy house, face painting and popcorn and snow cones
  • The Mighty Joshua Band performs 10:00 am to noon
  • Food Trucks
  • Enter for a chance to win gift baskets. ($1 each or 6 for $5). Winners announced at 12:30 a.m. No need to be present to win.
  • Local fire, police and Air Force simulator on-hand
  • Yard and craft sale

We are looking for sponsors, vendors and community organizations.

We are having a yard and craft sale. Register for space by calling (434) 973-4461 or visit stomlin@k12albemarle.org. $20 for space with no table and $25 for space with 8’ table.

CATEC’s Culinary Class Hosts Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit

Join us on Thursday, September 7th from 5-8 p.m. at CATEC. Our Culinary Arts class is offering a spaghetti supper to the community. All net proceeds will benefit the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Dine with us, or order it to go. Cash or checks only, please.

RSVPs preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Call 434-973-4461 to RSVP.

Dinner includes spaghetti (meat or meatless), salad, dinner rolls, assorted desserts, water, coffee & tea. Prices are:

Family of 4: $20.00
Adult: $7.00
Children under 10: $4.00

CATEC Students Transform School Bus into a Food Truck

Work on CATEC’s new school-bus-turned-food-truck will begin in earnest next month, but the program is already attracting attention from the Charlottesville community.  The project has gotten coverage in local media, such as Charlottesville Tomorrow and Newsplex, and been awarded a grant.

The new project reaches across disciplines at CATEC. Culinary students will prepare the food, and students in the auto technician program will prepare the bus for service.  Health and medical students will plan a nutritious menu, and students in the Cisco lab will design the computer program to track sales and plan business. The truck should  be ready to serve the public next spring.

Shannon Foundation awarded the program a $5,000 grant, and CATEC is exploring additional fundraising options.

Read more about the new program on Newsplex’s website.

CATEC Selected for Dominion Energy’s Solar for Students Program

CATEC recently joined Dominion Energy’s “Solar for Students” program, which gives students the chance to learn firsthand about harnessing solar energy from a solar array installed outside the school.

CATEC was one of five public schools in Virginia, as well as one children’s museum, to join the program this year. Four public schools piloted the program in 2015.

Dominion Energy’s “Solar for Students” presents an exciting opportunity to teach students about renewable energy.  Through this program, CATEC and PVCC (Piedmont Virginia Community College) will provide specialized, hands-on solar training, enabling program graduates to pursue careers in the growing renewable energy sector. 

CATEC will use on-site educational photovoltaic and on-line display systems to train students in solar system installation, maintenance, and energy usage monitoring and analysis.  The system will be an addition to CATEC Building Trades Labs, which currently offer electrical, plumbing, HVAC, masonry and carpentry training.
solar-presentaionBoth Albemarle County Schools and Charlottesville City Schools have embraced solar energy and expanded what students learn about renewable energy.  The program will give CATEC students a strong start towards a career in renewable energy, a fast-growing industry in Central Virginia.

To learn more, visit dominionenergy.com/solarschools. Read the full news release on Dominion Energy’s website.