VDOE Honors the FCPS Career and Technical Education Program with Five 2020 Creating Excellence Awards

VDOE Honors the FCPS Career and Technical Education Program with Five 2020 Creating Excellence Awards
Posted on 06/22/2020
Virginia Department of EducationFor Immediate Release
June 22, 2020
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


The Virginia Department of Education has recognized Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education Program with five 2020 Creating Excellence Awards. The awards recognize excellence in career and technical education (CTE) at the secondary level. Frederick County received recognition in all three award categories which include CTE exemplary programs, CTE advisory committees, and business and industry partnerships. Awards were presented in recognition of outstanding programs at both the regional and state levels.

Frederick County Public Schools’ CTE Advisory Committee was recognized with both the Region IV and Virginia CTE Advisory Committee Creating Excellence Award. The committee, which includes business and industry leaders from the Winchester/Frederick County area provides recommendations on current job needs, the relevancy of the CTE programs offered, and assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of the local CTE plan. In addition, the committee has played an instrumental role in a number of programs including the regional career exploration expo, CTE student organization competitions, industry tours, career café presentations, the Frederick County Fair, career fairs, mock interviews, work-based learning placements and the Widget Cup® design/build competition.

Frederick County Public Schools Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Mary Beth Echeverria says, “Our school division and students greatly benefit from the work of the CTE advisory committee. The committee members utilize their expertise to not only offer recommendations about our CTE programs, but they also engage in a variety of activities and initiatives that directly benefit students and raise awareness about the many career opportunities that are available for students. It’s wonderful to have the committee’s outstanding work recognized at both the regional and statewide levels.”

The school division’s Work-Based Learning Program was recognized with Region IV and Virginia CTE Creating Excellence Awards in the Work-Based Learning Program Category. Frederick County Public Schools’ work-based learning program offers workplace experiences, from exploratory to preparatory methods, for students in both middle and high school. The program enables middle school students who are part of CTE student organizations to participate in service learning projects, supervised agricultural experiences and career exploration events. High school students participate in job shadowing, mentorships, apprenticeships, service learning, internships, supervised agricultural experiences, clinical experiences, cooperative education and group events.

Frederick County Public Schools Work-Based Learning Coordinator Missy McDonald says, “Our Work-Based Learning Program has a tremendous impact on students as they contemplate and experience possible career paths thanks to the many opportunities provided to them by our business partners. There’s no question this program benefits both students and our community by assisting students with discovering their passion, gaining valuable training and entering the local workforce or post-secondary training after graduation thanks to the authentic experiences and networking they receive as part of the Work-Based Learning Program. This program is possible due to valued partnerships with local business and industry.”

In the Business and Industry Partnership Award Category, Winchester-based American Woodmark Corporation received the Region IV CTE Creating Excellence Award. Echeverria says, “Frederick County Public Schools nominated American Woodmark for this prestigious award due to the outstanding partnership we have built with them over the past several years. American Woodmark staff members coach both students and teachers on workplace skills and expectations in the manufacturing sector. Through the High School Connectivity Program, American Woodmark provides students with individual help in preparing for career and technical student organization competitions, job interviews, public speaking, business ethics, client service, sales presentations and emerging business issues. In addition, the company partnered with Frederick County Public Schools to crate the Teachers in Industry externship offering teachers a week-long, hands-on program on customer care, human resources, product life cycle, sales, design and marketing. Their commitment to our students and staff is greatly appreciated and is most deserving of this recognition.”

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Having Frederick County Public Schools and one of its business partners receive five of the 20 CTE Creating Excellence Awards presented this year speaks to the quality of our CTE program. The many students, teachers and business partners involved in the program should take great pride in these regional and statewide honors which recognize their hard work and achievements. Their work is directly linked to our strategic plan, Inspire 2025, and exemplifies the power of combining innovation, caring relationships and authentic learning in order to inspire all students.”