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Virginia Department of Education Announces $600,000 in Grants to Upgrade CTE Equipment

Post Date:05/09/2024 2:45 PM

 For Immediate Release: May 9, 2024


RICHMOND — Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Coons today announced the awarding of $600,000 in competitive grants to 16 school divisions to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs in schools and technical centers. Each division will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other improvements to enhance student learning.  

“Virginia’s CTE programs play an important role in developing our workforce and helping students explore in-demand career opportunities,” said Coons. “This funding will help provide the resources, equipment, and support needed to run successful CTE programs that will grow Virginia’s economy and shape the futures of students across the Commonwealth.” 

The awards, by school division, are as follows: 

School Divisions


Appomattox County

Appomattox County High School, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Training: Preparing Students for In-Demand Careers.

Arlington County

Arlington Career Center Governor’s Academy and Swanson Middle Schools (laser engraving).

Augusta County

Buffalo Gap High School, Learning with 21st Century in Agricultural Pathways.

Buckingham County

Buckingham County High School, Bridging Classroom Learning with 21st Century Agriculture.

Caroline County

Caroline High School, Igniting Tomorrow’s Skills: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Empowerment Through Innovation.


Chesapeake Middle Schools (CoDrone EDU Equipment).

Chesterfield County

Chesterfield Career and Technical Center (augmented reality welding system).

Dickenson County

Ridgeview High School (augmented reality electronic vehicles system).

Franklin County

Franklin County High School (augmented reality welding system).

Gloucester County

Gloucester Mathew Governor’s Health Sciences Academy (augmented reality medical assisting).

Hanover County

Atlee, Hanover, Mechanicsville, and Patrick Henry High Schools (augmented reality welding system drones).

Montgomery County

Governor’s STEM Academy at Montgomery County (unmanned aircraft systems).

Nelson County

Recharging CTE Programming at Nelson County High School (electricity learning labs).

Scott County

Scott County Career and Technical Center (augmented reality electronic vehicles and hybrid systems).

Shenandoah County

Triplett Technical Center (augmented reality electronic vehicles system).


The College and Career Center at Pruden (augmented reality heavy equipment).

The General Assembly established the CTE equipment grant program in 2016, and the Virginia Department of Education awarded the first grants to school divisions in 2017. Since then, the program has provided $4.8 million to help school divisions purchase innovative equipment to enhance learning experiences for career and technical education students. 

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