News & Events

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 $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 Read the full news release on Dominion Energy’s website.

CATEC to Receive Shannon Foundation Grant

CATEC is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive a $5,000.00 SHANNON FOUNDATION grant for the 2017-2018 school year for our project, CATEC Food Bus. The Foundation has scheduled an awards ceremony for Friday, August 18th at 10 a.m. at CATEC. The Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education ,Charlottesville/Albemarle exists to help outstanding educators model and inspire a love of learning in their classrooms.

CATEC Scholarship Winners Announced

At the CATEC Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017, the following students were announced as recipients of the following scholarships for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Albemarle County Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship – Mark McGill
  • Leslie H. Walton Memorial Scholarship – Skye Taylor
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Foundation Scholarship – Grace Feazell, Nicholas Green, Leanna Knisley, and Liam Kidd

A big congratulations to them all!


CATEC Fall Open House

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (5:00PM -7:00PM)

Shannon Foundation Awards Ceremony

Friday, August 18th at 10 a.m. at CATEC

Back-to-School Bash/Yard Sale

Saturday, September 23, 2017 (7:00AM – 12:00PM)


Press Releases

Golden Apple Award winner – Capt. Bobby Elliott CATEC Firefighting instructor
Click Hereabout Golden Apple Award winner – Capt. Bobby Elliott CATEC Firefighting instructor

Board Work Session – March 23 Focus Will Be on Academies, CATEC Programs
Click HereBoard Work Session on March 23, Focus on Academies, CATEC Programs