CTE Advisory Committee

Photo of Alisa Cowen Alisa Cowen, 2017-2018 Committee Chair

The Career, Technical and Adult Education (CTAE) Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Advisory Council on Instruction, assists the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education in reviewing and recommending improvements to existing programs and supporting the development of new course offerings in related areas to enhance the instructional program of Arlington Public Schools. Recommendations are made to the school board on a biannual basis.  For the most current report, click here.

Volunteer for the CTAE Committee

Are you interested in our next generation of workers in the Washington DC metropolitan area? Do you have ideas on how to improve career and technical education in Arlington Public Schools (APS)? Can you spend a couple of hours a month with like-minded people from business, academia, and the community to add your voice? Today it is not just reading, writing, math and science; students must be ready for a changing workforce whatever their career aspirations might be. They might be looking at careers in hospitality, technology, engineering, the medical field, or new fields such as cybersecurity or data science. Even fields we do not have today!! Bring your experience and expertise to the Career, Technical, and Adult Education (CTAE) Committee, Advisory Council on Instruction, Arlington Public Schools (APS). Join our group of educators, business professionals, parents and community activists at our monthly meetings where we discuss topics such as:

  • Discussing trends in the business and higher education landscapes, local and regional, and their potential impact on the K-12 school system;
  • Creating business connections within the Arlington and regional community to enable students to have beneficial work experiences, internships, and apprenticeships;
  • Examining career pathways for students of all academic abilities, including those with special challenges;
  • Exploring educational offerings in APS, particularly at the Career Center, soon to house Arlington Tech., to ensure all students are highly employable whether they elect to go on to 4-year universities, community college, or enter a trade;
  • Identifying professional development requirements for APS teachers such as their recent engagement in project-based learning techniques;
  • Reviewing nationwide K-12 initiatives such as dual enrollment and how these might apply to APS and our implementation strategy;
  • Funding priorities including allocations under the annual Federal Perkins Act, finding and pursuing grant opportunities, and funding requests to the School Board, through the ACI process;
  • Updating and creating new educational policies, such as recent advances in obtaining quality points for all dual enrollment classes; and
  • Ensuring that the adult education program meets the needs of the Arlington community, with offerings that support workforce development as well as programs to support the continued learning for all citizens.

We need your expertise and guidance, come join our committee. Fill out an application to volunteer

Meeting Schedule

The Advisory Committee meets monthly on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:30 AM at the Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA  22204) in room 101:
February 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 17, 2018
May 15, 2018
June 19, 2018