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Earn to Learn: Construction Expo

Are you 16-18-years-old and interested in the construction trades? Come to CATEC’s “Earn to Learn Construction Expo”! Meet potential employers, learn about career opportunities and plan for your future. Join us for:

  • Hands-on activities in electrical, carpentry, masonry, HVAC, plumbing, and solar
  • Learn about career opportunities, including internships, apprenticeships & full time employment
  • Meet experts in the field
  • Learn from the pros

DATE: Wednesday, November 14
PLACE: CATEC 1000 East Rio Road
TIMES: A.M. 9:30—12:00, P.M. 1:30—3:30

Transportation will be provided for students in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City

For more info or to register for the event talk, to your high school Career Specialist or contact Debbie Gannon at dgannon@k12albemarle.org  (434)973-1945

Buy Your Thanksgiving Pie and Support Our Culinary Students

It’s time for the 17th Annual CATEC Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Fundraiser! Treat your family to a delicious pumpkin or apple pie and support our culinary students.

How Do I Get My Pie? 

Place your order by completing this form. Be sure it’s in by Thursday November 14 at 12:00 PM. (Sorry, no exceptions!). Then, pick up at the CATEC Culinary Arts Classroom 1000 Rio Road East at the following times:

  • Friday, November 16, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Monday, November 19, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 20, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Payment can be made by cash, check (Made out to CATEC), or credit card.

Questions or Comments?

Please email or leave us a voicemail.
Chef Carol Robbs
Sous Chef Christina Rizzo
(434) 973-4461 ext. 69104
crobbs@k12albemarle.org

Back to School Open House & Dinner

Join CATEC staff for 2018 Back to School Night! Come tour our facility, meet the instructors, learn about programs, participate in hands-on activities, and enjoy dinner while getting to know the CATEC community. CATEC Instructors are experts in their industry and teach students skills for a lifetime. All students get actual work experience while at CATEC!

Event details:

Time: Wednesday, September 26th from 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: CATEC, 1000 East Rio Road Charlottesville, VA

Schedule:
From 5pm to 6pm:
Dinner and an informational session about CATEC offerings:
• Apprenticeships, internships & job shadows
• Dual Enrollment College credits
• PACE Pre-Apprenticeship Summer Program
• School-Wide “Mobile Maker Space” Project

From 6pm-7pm:
Hands-on activities and demonstrations in the program areas

New Grant Helps CATEC Launch New Pre-Apprenticeship Summer Program for Students

A $50,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education will fund a new summer program designed to expand opportunities for students at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) to earn paid apprenticeships while they also are earning academic and professional certification credits.  

The four week Pre-Apprenticeship PACE program will allow students to gain hands-on experience working with experts in the local construction industry. The program will focus on four areas:  plumbing, air conditioning, carpentry and electrical (PACE).  Students will be paired with professionals, who will serve as mentors to the students.  They also will receive instruction on the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills as part of their career development training.

CATEC’s Current Apprenticeship Program

Last year, CATEC debuted an apprenticeship program, matching a dozen students with a like number of local companies.  A recent change in state regulations allowed students as young as 16 to participate in apprenticeship-related programs.

“We are excited about the opportunities that our new program will produce for CATEC students,” said Dr. Daphne Keiser, CATEC Director.  “Not only will this program allow us to expand the benefits of hands-on experience and career development to more students but this is another strong step forward in implementing our strategic plan,” she said.  That plan calls for CATEC to work more closely with the business community to meet workforce needs. Many of these positions, Dr. Keiser said, offer both job security and competitive pay rates.

In the current year, CATEC will develop the curriculum and recruit the businesses that will participate in the pre-apprenticeship program

One of those business already is on board.  “The youth apprenticeship program is extremely valuable to any student with an interest in the building trades.  This program takes this interest and turns it into reality by providing an opportunity to learn something practical in the real world and valuable to not only themselves, but for their communities,” said Nathan Dowdy, the Talent Acquisition Manager for Moore’s Electric & Mechanical Construction.  “Completing this program also gives them a leg up on the competition when it comes time to find a company to embark on their career journey,” he added.  

Filling an Industry Need

Shannon Tomlin, the school’s Career Center Specialist, who wrote the grant application, noted that “an overall shortage of workers in the construction trades have left contractors in serious need of qualified men and women who can contribute to a business their first day on the job.  The average age of many of those presently working in the trades is 55 years of age and older. Introducing young people to the skilled trades industry is imperative if we are to continue our community’s economic growth,” she said.

Students in the pre-apprenticeship program will be able to earn the Workplace Readiness Credential from the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States.  They also can test for their Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s OSHA 10 certification online.

Tomlin said the average age of apprentices in the local area is 28 years old but through CATEC’s Youth Apprenticeship Program, a student can become an apprentice as early as their 20th birthday.  

CATEC’s current building trades classes are dual enrolled, meaning that in addition to high school credits, students can earn up to 12 college credits with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC).   The school also is working on a similar arrangement with John Tyler Community College for budding electricians.

The new program will be available next summer to any CATEC high school  student from either Albemarle County or Charlottesville City public schools.

Make a Wind Turbine at the Wind Energy Challenge

Get a taste of Girl Scouting! Come out to the Wind Energy Challenge and try your hand at building a wind turbine on Saturday, September 29th. Girls will have the opportunity apply their STEM skills to design, build, and test a wind turbine in a wind tunnel. They will also learn about wind energy and talk to industry professionals about what they learned. Awards will be given for the turbine that produces the most energy among other things. Want more fun? Information will also be provided on how you can join a Girl Scout troop in your area.

Registration extended to September 21st!

For more information:

To learn more about the event download the flyer or see the Girl Scout website.

Who: Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors
Fees: Free for Albemarle County and Charlottesville City students. $7 for all others. Adults are free.
When: September 29 from 9am-5pm
Patch/Badge Included: Yes, participants will receive a patch
Registration Closes: September 21, 2018
To Register: Visit the event website

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CATEC Fall Open House

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (5:00PM -7:00PM)

Shannon Foundation Awards Ceremony

Friday, August 17, 2018 (10:AM, CATEC Auditorium)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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