Career and Technical Education

Through the Portsmouth Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, high school students can begin working on their dream careers by getting access to the skills and the learning needed to excel in those specific jobs or career pathways. The best part is they do it all while still working toward graduation. 

You can see the full list of CTE courses here. 

Students not only earn high school credit for CTE courses; they also can earn industry credentials. An industry credential is a recognized credential by industries that are used and/or needed for hiring, retaining or promoting staff in specific trades, jobs or workplaces.

CTE pathways help ensure students are successful after graduation. They give students the ability to directly enter the workforce or students can seek the appropriate educational opportunities after graduation to help further their career goals. To learn more about the division’s 14 CTE pathways, visit the CTE pathways webpage.

How to get started
For specific questions about the division’s CTE program and where your child’s interests may connect, reach out to the Office of Career and Technical Education at 757-822-2711 or to any of the contacts below:

Craig Hill
Career and Technical Education Coordinator

Latrice Scott
Career and Technical Education Specialist

Lisa Harrell
Career and Technical Education Associate

Courtney Hundley
CTE Entrepreneurship Specialist


Reach out to your child's school
Each high school has a school counselor especially trained to help students with Career and Technical Education decisions. They are listed below:

Churchland High School
Latasha Dowe

I. C. Norcom High School
Michelle Effatt
757- 393-5477

Manor High School
Zahneka Colbart
757- 465-2910

The Office of Career and Technical Education is located at Tidewater Community College:
120 Campus Drive (Building A, Room A114)
Portsmouth, VA 23701

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