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Career Technical Education (CTE)

The Virginia Tribal Education Consortium was awarded a 5-year grant through the Native American Career and Technical Education Program in 2021!

The purpose of VTEC’s Career and Technical Education Program is to increase the number of Native students who obtain a postsecondary degree or credential.

Whether you are working towards a high school or bachelor’s degree, Cosmetology License or completing Continued Education Credits, the CTE Program has resources to support you! The program is designed to support students in 6th grade and beyond, by covering specific costs for eligible students and offering career and academic guidance.


If you’d like to learn more, complete our Student Interest Survey and our Academic Coordinator will reach out with more information specific to your goals!

If you are interested in applying or learning more about VTEC’s CTE Program, please click below to reach out to our Project Director, Mr. Kerry Canaday.


  • What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?
    Career and Technical Education refers to vocational education that provides students of any age with academic and technical knowledge, skills and abilities related to a specific trade or profession. After a student completes a CTE program, they are eligible to complete an examination that tests technical skills related to the program. Upon passing the exam, students receive a certificate, license, or other credential.
  • How does VTEC support Native Students in CTE Programs?
    Our Academic Coordinators have established relationships with Virginia colleges, universities and other educational agencies which allow them to provide insightful guidance to aid students in creating an education and/or career plan, locating financial aid (ex. Scholarships) and programs in their field of interest, and can connect students to faculty at their chosen schools. Additionally, we have funding available for stipends and direct assistance to aid qualifying students in completing CTE programs.
  • What does VTEC do?
    The mission of VTEC is to partner with the Virginia Department of Education, Local Education Agencies, Virginia Indian nations, and native individuals to provide opportunities for native youth to receive education and training. VTEC is committed to (1) advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to prepare American Indian students to meet academic and technical standards for in-demand occupations and (2) promoting the continuity of our Native culture.
  • What is the Virginia Tribal Education Consortium (VTEC)?
    VTEC is currently the only Tribal Education Agency (TEA) represented by and for the seven federally recognized tribes in Virginia.
  • Who is eligible to take advantage of VTEC resources?
    Any student in Virginia enrolled in a state or federally recognized tribal nation in 6th grade or beyond is eligible to participate in VTEC’s CTE Program. There is no age limit to our program, and we highly encourage adults pursuing further education to reach out to learn more.
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