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The Career Tech Academy (CTA) is a year-long hands-on training program available to high school students in 11th and 12th grade from Charlotte, Halifax, & Mecklenburg Counties. Students may earn community college credit, the Career Studies Certificate through Southside Virginia Community College, and other industry certifications. The CTA experience follows the framework of VA Department of Education's requirements for Profile of a VA Graduate, incorporating the 5 C's: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, & Citizenship.

*Enrolled students may download important documents here

What does a Year 1 CTA student experience?

Year 1 students work in real workplace labs and utilize soft skills to prepare them with the knowledge and certifications required for employment in southern Virginia's manufacturing and technology industries. Students attend classes at the SVHEC, Monday-Friday from 8:00am-10:20am. Students then return to their home high schools for the remainder of the instructional day.

What does a Year 2 CTA student experience?

The focus of a Year 2 CTA student (seniors only) is to enhance the hands-on experience in the workforce through internships, job shadowing, or mentoring. CTA staff work collaboratively with Chambers of Commerce to partner with local businesses for student placements. CTA students continue to heighten their skills and knowledge during instructional time while applying these skills in the workplace. A CTA instructor stays in constant communication with business partners evaluating student progress and ensuring success.


Information Technology

Real workplace labs and soft skills prepare individuals with the knowledge and certifications required for employment in Southern Virginia’s growing information technology industry. Students can earn their National Career Readiness Certificate, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Server+ certifications.

In-demand skills acquired include:

  • Hardware Repair
  • Installing & Configuring Operating Systems
  • Cable Termination & Testing
  • Wireless Networking
  • Configuring Servers
  • Managing Servers & RAID
  • Security
  • Virtualization

Information Technology training will prepare you
for a wide variety of jobs including:

  • Data Center Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • IT Specialist
  • Help Desk Support
  • PC Technician


Fall 2019Credit Hours
ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware 3
ITN 106 MicroComp Operating Systems 3
Semester Credit Hours 6
Spring 2020Credit Hours
ITN 111 Server Administration 3
ITN 260 Network Security Basics 3
ITN 101 Intro to Network Concepts 3
Semester Credit Hours 9
Total Community College Credits Earned15
*ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications will need to be taken at the home high school, online, or in the summer through Southside Virginia Community College to complete the requirements of the Career Studies Certificate – Network and Computer Support.
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Mechatronics integrates knowledge of mechanical, electrical, computer, and software/control engineering. Students can earn their National Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA 10, and Siemens Level 1 credentials.

In-demand skills acquired include:

  • Electrical Circuits & Theory
  • Electrical Code
  • Conductors & Cable
  • Electrical Drawings
  • Residential Wiring
  • Motor Controls
  • Grounding
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • PLCs
  • Electrical & Mechanical Components
  • Digital Fundamentals

Mechatronics training will prepare you for a wide
variety of jobs including:

  • Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Electrician
  • Industry Machinery Mechanic
  • Maintenance & Repair
  • Smart Operator


Fall 2019Credit Hours
IND 108 Technical Computer Applications 3
EGR 123 Introduction to Eg Design 2
ETR 115 DC and AC Circuits 4
Semester Credit Hours 9
Spring 2020Credit Hours
SDV 101 Soft Skills 1
MEC 140 Introduction to Mechatronics 3
MEC 165 Applied Hydraulics, Pneumatic,
& Hydrostatics
Semester Credit Hours 7
Total Community College Credits Earned16
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Contact Us

To learn more, please contact:

Mecklenburg County
Public Schools

Megan Hendrick, CTE Coordinator
434.738.6111 ext. 1031

Halifax County
Public Schools

Debra Burton Woltz, CTE Coordinator

Charlotte County
Public Schools

Julianna Reeves, Guidance Counselor
434.542.4111 ext. 4120

For all other questions and concerns, please reach out to:

Stephanie Robinson, CTA Administrator