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Career and Technical Education prepares students for a smooth transition into the work force and/or post-secondary education upon graduation from high school. Skills acquired while in school will serve students well throughout their lives, no matter which career paths they ultimately choose.

Workers today must have the benefit of academic skills, work-place readiness skills, and technical skills. Our goal is to prepare students for success not only in today’s world but in tomorrow’s world as well.


Dual Enrollment

Our Dual Enrollment program is a partnership between Tidewater Community College (TCC) and Portsmouth
Public Schools that allows high school students to meet
graduation requirements and simultaneously earn
college credit. 
Eligibility Requirements
  • High school junior or senior.
  • Satisfactory scores on college placement
  • Permission from parent or legal guardian.
  • Recommendation by high school guidance
    counselor or high school principal.
  • Acceptance for admission to TCC.
  • Advantages 
    • Provides college-level instruction by qualified
      faculty to high school students during normal
      school hours.
    • May reduce time and cost of post-secondary education.
    • Provides access to college resources including academic advising and career counseling.
    • Convenience and affordability of community
      college tuition rates. 

    Dual Enrollment 2018 Annual Report


(Academics and Careers after Graduation – the “13th Year”)

The AC/13 program is designed for juniors and seniors wishing to specialize in a career concentration. The
program aims to offer high-quality courses that will
help students be successful in work and/or college
after high school.

Students attend AC/13 classes at the location they
are offered which means they may leave their home
school for part of the day. Contact your school
guidance counselor for more information about
AC/13 and other Career and Technical programs.


*NEW* Career & Technical Education Courses for

Career and Technical Education Courses

Career and Technical Education Courses Continued

Work and Get School Credit

Academic Career Plan

CTE Student Organizations

Contact Us

The High School Guidance Counselors below are especially trained to help students with Career and Technical Education classes. 

Churchland High School
Ms. Latasha Sykes

I. C. Norcom High School
Ms. Paulette Turner
757- 393-5477

Woodrow Wilson High School
Ms. Raynelle Thompson
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

Craig Hill
Career and Technical Education Coordinator
Dean of First College

Lisa Harrell
Career and Technical Education Associate

Career and Technical Education Non-Discrimination Statement

Portsmouth Public School District offers Career and Technical Education programs in Agriculture, Business & Information Technology; Family & Consumer Sciences; Health & Medical Sciences; Marketing Education; Military Science; Technology Education;  Trade & Industrial Education; Career Connections.   Admission to these programs is based on enrollment and seat availability.  It is the policy of Portsmouth Public School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Portsmouth Public School District will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.

For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Special Programs Coordinator, Renee Hailes, 757 393-8611, 3651 Hartford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23707