The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) is a regional technical education center which helps high school students and adults obtain the jobs they seek. Our centralized, unified career development program helps students develop strategic approaches to cultivating their careers.

CATEC houses two academies which offer educational and career pathways for students in partnership with post-secondary institutions and employers. Students in the academies may qualify to receive industry certifications and credentials. These credentials are a valuable tool to gain full-time employment in growth industries with livable wages. Graduates also may continue their education utilizing the dual enrollment credits they received while in high school.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center

Our Vision

CATEC, in partnership with PVCC and major employers, will serve as part of the regional training ladder across a range of CTE academies designed to result in employability within regional businesses and to give access to continued post-secondary training.

Our Mission

CATEC’s mission is to develop workforce skills and careers for both high school students and adults. CATEC is dedicated to preparing its students for quality career employment and lifelong learning.

Preparation for College and Careers

CATEC programs are offered in conjunction with those at area high schools to broaden the curriculum and to meet the needs of our students. The programs are competency-based and require that students gain new knowledge and skills. In order to complete a program at CATEC, a student must master specific competencies or tasks as identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Competencies for each program have been reviewed and approved by business, trade, and education representatives. This review ensures that CATEC students are adequately prepared to enter the work force and are ready to continue to study further in a specific technical area and/or college. State competencies may be found at: http://www.cteresource.org/verso

The student will:

  •         Become skilled in a career area of personal choice.
  •         Develop creative and critical thinking skills.
  •         Accept personal responsibility for behavior and learning.
  •         Continue to learn and adapt to change.
  •         Learn to respect the rights of others.
  •         Gain self-esteem through achievement.
  •         Prepare for licensure/certification where appropriate.
  •         Learn to work in teams and develop leadership skills.

CATEC Leadership

Stephanie Carter


Debbie Gannon
Adult Education & Apprenticeship Coordinator

Doug Keaton
Assistant Director


CATEC is proud to partner with the following organizations.


Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.


Serving over 20,000 students annually, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (RCC) is the youngest and third-largest of 23 community colleges in Virginia. Reynolds operates three campuses serving residents in the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan and Louisa.


Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge Community College serves the residents of the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Comprehensive programs of instruction include associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in occupational/technical and college/university transfer programs.


CVCC, is a two-year state community college located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Established in 1966, CVCC serves students at the main campus in Lynchburg or at one of its off-site centers in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties.


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Chamber of Commerce

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in the Greater Charlottesville communities.