• Career & Technical Education

    In RCPS, we believe all students should have both the access and the opportunity to participate in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. Students who participate in CTE programming graduate with the technical, academic, and employability skills that provide them with a competitive advantage in their chosen field. Students graduate with both a diploma and a resume of rich skills and experiences that will benefit them on their college and career paths, and the Roanoke Valley community benefits from a new generation who is ready, willing, and more than capable of entering today's workforce.

    Students are encouraged to explore CTE programs in grades 9 and/or 10, and then select a major program area of study for grades 11 and 12. Most CTE courses offer students the ability to earn dual enrollment through Virginia Western Community College, and all programs offer students the opportunity to earn industry certifications within their program of study. Visit the ROTEC and DAYTEC websites to learn more about course offerings.  

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    Equity in Action Plan

    Through RCPS' Equity in Action plan, CTE seat capacity will double in the 2023-24 school year with the opening of the new Charles W. Day Technical Education Center (DAYTEC). This center will be located adjacent to William Fleming High School. Though the physical center will open in January 2023, students will begin taking classes at alternate locations in August 2023. This is in addition to the existing Roanoke Technical Education Center at Gibboney Hall (ROTEC) adjacent to Patrick Henry High School.

    This investment in CTE will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the increased demand from businesses. It will also expand offerings in Roanoke City Public Schools to new and high-demand industries. A full list of CTE programs can be found below this section.

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    Available CTE Programs

    • Air Force Junior ROTC
    • Arts and Communications
    • Automotive Technology
    • Barbering
    • Business Education
    • Carpentry
    • Coding and Cybersecurity
    • Cosmetology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Culinary Arts
    • Education (Teacher for Tomorrow)
    • Engineering
    • Health and Medical Sciences
    • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • Information Technology
    • Innovative Public Safety
    • Landscaping
    • Marketing
    • Precision Machining
    • Sports Medicine
    • Welding

    Students may also enroll in special electives focused on leadership development and are encouraged to participate in Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities. These are available to students in any CTE program.


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Our CTE Locations

  • Charles W. Day Education Center

  • Roanoke Technical Education Center

  • Director of Career & Technical Education Programs
    Kathy Duncan
    (540) 853-2803 | kduncan@rcps.info
    ROTEC Site Director
    Bridgette Bentley
    (540) 853-2803 | bbentley@rcps.info
    DAYTEC Site Director
    Eric Lear
    (540) 853-2803 | elear@rcps.info

    CTE School Counselor
    Jacqui Moore
    (540) 853-2803 | jcmoore@rcps.info 
    Administrative Assistant
    Julie Morrison
    (540) 853-2803 | jmorrison@rcps.info

    Program directors are led by:  
    Lori Wimbush
    Dr. Lori Wimbush
    Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education
    (540) 853-2876 | lwimbush@rcps.info

    Career & Technical Education is part of the Academics team, which reports to:

    Archie Freeman
    Archie Freeman III
    Chief Academic Officer
    (540) 853-6113 | afreeman@rcps.info