Office of TCE names educator and credentialing award winners

The school division’s Office of Technical and Career Education (TCE) recently presented its annual educator and credentialing awards as well as announced its selection as one of 16 recipients of a statewide career and technical education grant from the Virginia Department of Education.

Kathy Ferrell, counseling department chairperson at Green Run High School, was named the TCE School Counselor of the Year. Ashley Houchins, a marketing education teacher in the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School, was recognized as the TCE Teacher of the Year.The following schools also were recognized with credentialing awards:

  • Highest Number of Industry Credentials Earned: Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center (1,163)
  • Highest Number of Industry Credentials Earned by a Comprehensive High School: Landstown High School (1,122)
  • Largest Increase of Industry Credentials Earned: Kempsville High School (211)
  • Most Workplace Readiness Skills Earned: Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center (95.4% pass rate)
  • Most Workplace Readiness Skills Earned by a Comprehensive High School: Ocean Lakes High School (91.9% pass rate)

Additionally, the Office of Technical and Career Education announced that it was awarded a CTE Competitive Innovative Program Equipment Grant for High-Demand and Fast-Growth Industry Sectors in the amount of $37,500. Dr. Sara Lockett, director of the division’s TCE office, said the grant will enable the division to purchase a critical piece of equipment that will enhance the manufacturing experience for students.

“While our students currently have access to milling and router operations, they do not have a working industrial grade lathe,” explained Lockett. “The Advanced Technology Center and several high schools have trained instructors who teach theoretical concepts about the lathe but the deficit is in applying this theory to authentic practice. For students to learn industry standard turning operations, they need an EMCO lathe. The grant and a trade in of the lab’s existing lathe will facilitate the addition of this new STEM technology.”

Lockett added that the upgraded equipment “will provide the students with the opportunity to design and build parts using CAD/CAM software [and] students will learn multiple processes with an interchangeable tool spindle that permits multiple tool changes without stopping an operation.”

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