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Goals and Initiatives


  • To increase the number and types of industry certification and training opportunities available for NNPS students and CTE teachers

  • To provide additional dual enrollment (college credit) opportunities for students in each high school

  • To encourage and support participation in CTE student organizations by all program areas


This program allows students to earn credit toward a high school diploma and a post secondary diploma, certificate, or degree simultaneously. The program was developed to increase coursework rigor, improve the transition from secondary to post secondary institutions, and offer students opportunities that prepare them for life after high school.

Several Newport News teachers have received the Thomas Nelson Community College adjunct faculty approval required for teaching dual enrollment courses. On average there are over 600 students who have met all requirements to obtain college credits before graduating. Funding for the program is provided by TNCC and NNPS.


NNPS High School Students Earn Industry and Professional Certifications through CTE Courses
Newport News Public Schools offers more than 65 Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses designed around industry standards for high-wage, high-demand and high-skill careers in health care, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, government and public administration, family and consumer sciences, communications, business and management and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

CTE is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that focuses on career exploration; teaching academic and life skills; and preparing students for high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.

Goals and Initiatives

NNPS Courses Prepare Students for Industry Certifications
CTE courses prepare students to earn more than a dozen industry certifications including Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3), AutoCAD Certification; A+ Certification; CISCO; National Professional Certification in Customer Service; Sales Certification; W!SE Financial Literacy Certification; Broad Field Family and Consumer Sciences Assessment and Certification; Early Childhood Education Assessment and Certification; Culinary Arts Assessment and Certification; and the Nutrition, Food, and Wellness Assessment and Certification.

Industry and Professional Certifications Provide Marketable Job Skills
Industry and professional certifications provide the knowledge needed to gain experience and validate skills to potential employers. In the current economy, certifications are an increasingly important tool for building skill levels, improved marketability and career opportunities.

Successful completion of the certification process ensures that NNPS students are prepared for success in the current labor market since professional certifications are based on industry performance requirements. Industry and professional certifications are valuable credentials that can provide a competitive edge.

NNPS students are Earning Certifications
NNPS CTE courses prepare students for successful futures. In 2015, NNPS students earned 1,858 industry and professional certifications, accelerating their access to technical and high-skill careers.