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CATEC’s Veterinary Assistant Program Featured in Daily Progress

Interested in a veterinary career, but don’t want to attend eight extra years of school?  CATEC’s new veterinary assistant program could be a good way to explore career options and get valuable skills.  CATEC’s veterinary science instructor Dr. Kim Smyth helped start the program in August 2018. She recently wrote in The Daily Progress about how CATEC can help students who love working with animals get started in the veterinary field.

Students in CATEC’s year-long Veterinary Science course are trained as veterinary assistants. Five days a week, they leave their base schools and spend the entire afternoon learning from lectures, hands-on activities and labs. Live animals make frequent appearances. This semester, each student also will spend an afternoon shadowing in area veterinary clinics.

CATEC’s goal in each of its programs is to graduate students who are workforce ready. At the completion of the Veterinary Science course, students have a basic understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, clinical exams, animal skin and coat care, performing basic lab tests, nutrition and more. Students who complete the course are qualified to be hired immediately in area veterinary clinics,

Read the full article on The Daily Progress. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Progress)

Congrats to our 2019 Poster Contest Winner!

The winning “See Something, Say Something” poster

Congratulations to the Building Trades class for creating the winning poster!  Students submitted seven posters in the 2019 “See Something, Say Something” contest.  The winning poster was selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, and overall message.

Congrats to CATEC’s 2019 Golden Apple Award Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Megan Panek, CATEC English/Exploratory Instructor and Instructional Coach, for being selected as CATEC’s 2019 Golden Apple Award Recipient!  Ms. Panek will be honored and recognized for her outstanding contributions to the education of students at the 2019 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road.  Light refreshments will be served in the second floor lobby with the presentation of awards immediately following.

During the awards ceremony, the recipients of the Golden Apple Grants will be randomly selected.  As part of the grant award, eight candidates (3 elementary, 2 middle, 2 high of the public schools in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, CATEC, as well as 1 candidate from the schools that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools) will be selected in a random drawing to receive a Golden Apple Award Grant ($1,000).  This grant award will be used to support the recipient’s continued professional development.

The Daily progress will also announce the ceremony which will include a photograph of each of the Golden Apple Award recipients, as well as a few words from their nomination letter.

Daily Progress Article Features CATEC Instructors

two students learn how to hold a dog while teacher looks on

Cheers to the CATEC instructors recently featured in the Daily Progress. The newspaper interviewed Kim Smyth, CATEC’s veterinary science teacher, Sidney Trimmer, who teachers building trades. The two spoke about their careers and how their class curriculum incorporates their real-world experience.

“I had no clue about the workload, nor the frustrations and heartbreak they encounter so often throughout the school year,” Smyth told the Daily Progress. “As a veterinarian, I am used to heartbreak and know that it’s the success stories that pull those of us in that profession through the hard times. I’m finding the same is true in my new career, as well.”

Director Daphne Kaiser and Human Resources Manager Leslie Chisholm were also featured in the article. Chisholm spoke about the challenges of finding instructors who are both experts in their field and great teachers. Kaiser highlighted the importance of technical education in today’s economy.

“It gives our students a tremendous advantage,” Kaiser said. “They walk out of here and walk into a job with all the skills to jump right in.”

Read the full article here.

Register Now for CATEC’s Summer Programs

CATEC summer camps

Plumbing, HVAC, Carpentry, & Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Earn your OSHA10 certification, workplace readiness credentials, and learn from industry professionals! Students will be engaged in group projects and take field trips to explore careers in plumbing, HVAC, carpentry and electrical (PACE).

PACE is a partnership between CATEC, Central Virginia Apprenticeship Council, and other business partners to help students learn skills in the construction trades and prepare for the workforce. Participants ages 16 and up may be offered an apprenticeship or internship after the program ends.

What: 4-week program
When: June 17—July 12th (closed July 4-5) from 8:30am-12:30pm weekdays.
Ages: Rising 9th -12th grade
Price: FREE of Charge for Albemarle County and Charlottesville City students
How to register: Download the application packet and mail/deliver to CATEC. The address is: 1000 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901, ATTN: PACE Program Call

Any question? Call 434-973-4461 for more information.

Career Exploratory Camps

Save the date for CATEC’s summer camp programs. Explore careers in a skills-based, hands-on environment. Career Camps cover many different jobs, from veterinary science to culinary arts to information technology. Download the application here. Use this Career Camp schedule to see when each camp is available and select which camp(s) your student wants to attend.

Dates: July 1—July 12, 2019 (closed 4th-5th).
Time: Full and half-day options available. Sessions from from 8:30am—12:30 p.m. and 1:00pm—4:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 7th -10th grade
Price: FREE of Charge for Albemarle County and Charlottesville City students

KidsCollege @ CATEC

Kids learn a wide range of new hands-on, skill-based, fun STEM and technical academies. Enroll by April 1 for an early bird discount. Download the brochure for registration and more details
June 17-28, 2019
Time: Full and half-day options available. Sessions from from 9am—12:15 p.m. and 1:15pm—4:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 7th -10th grade
Price: Starting at $139 for a half-day session

Congrats to District SkillsUSA Winners!

Congratulations to the following CATEC students! These students placed in the local SkillsUSA competitions at Massanutten Technical Center on Feb. 8th. Thank you to all participants for fabulously representing CATEC .

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that supports career and technical education. In these competitions, students compete to showcase their technical skills, and industry representatives evaluate student performance. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.  These winning students are eligible to attend state competitions in Virginia Beach on April 12 – 14th.

Emergency Medical Technician 

1st Place:
Blaine Sandridge – WAHS
Virginia Clark – WAHS

2nd Place:
Jessica Walker – WAHS
Lauren Tipton – WAHS

First Aid/CPR

1st – Brianna Smiley – AHS
2nd – Rebecca Gimbert – MHS
3rd – Bailey LaPrade – MHS 


2nd – Jonathan Pace – MHS

1st – Autum Woodson – MHS
2nd – LaAsia Thomas – CHS

Fantasy Manikin
2nd – Neve Karasz


Spring Break

April 1 – 5, 2019


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