Arlington Career Center

Career CenterAddress: 816 Walter Reed Dr, Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: 703-228-5800

Fax: 703-228-5815

Principal: Margaret Chung,

School hours:
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends

Office hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays

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The mission of the Career Center is to “Instill a Passion for Learning by Doing” through hands-on applications in: IT and Digital Media; Engineering and Industrial Trades; Health and Medical Sciences; and Public and Human Services. Through these workforce readiness programs, the Career Center provides enhanced opportunities in marketplace skills, industry certifications, college credits, and work-based internships. Students are bused daily from their home school to the Career Center for two class periods during which they take their Career & Technical Education (CTE) class and earn two credits.

Through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College, students may earn both high school and college credits through the 28 dual enrollment CTE and academic courses offered at the Career Center. CTE dual enrollment courses are offered in Advanced IT, Auto Tech, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Education, EMT, Health and Medical Terminology, and TV Production. Academic dual enrollment courses are offered in Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Computer Science, English 12, and Human Biology.

Additional programs at the Career Center include the Academic Academy, the HILT Institute, Program for Employment Preparedness, and Teen Parenting.

Students interested in taking CTE and academic classes at the Career Center should see their home school counselor.

Arlington Tech at the Career Center: A Countywide Program

Arlington Tech is a dynamic program centered on project-based learning that prepares students to succeed in college and in the workplace through rigorous coursework and collaborative problem solving. Students learn how to effectively combine their interdisciplinary core academic knowledge with their developed skills in Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes to solve environmental, ecological, and engineering problems. There is an emphasis on hands-on work-based experiences and projects in which students put theory into action and use critical thinking skills to solve relevant local and global real world problems.

Arlington Tech provides the opportunity for students to explore and become certified in a variety of CTE programs. Industry certifications allow students to enter into a range of professional careers upon exiting high school. This program also allows students to get a jumpstart on college by earning college credits through dual-enrolled academic and CTE courses.

Applications are available starting in November, through middle school counselors or online on the Career Center website. The application period corresponds to the countywide transfer timeline.