Welcome to Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) offers a wide variety of rigorous and engaging Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs designed to improve academic and technical understanding, offer leadership opportunities, and deliver instruction through realistic, hands-on applications. CTE instruction demonstrates the relevance and purpose in learning as students prepare for post-secondary experiences, whether they plan to enter the workforce directly, seek additional training, or enroll in a post-secondary institution. Please use the left column to navigate the available CTE programs that PWCS offers including both high school and middle school programs, certifications and industry credential results, and the CTE staff.


CTE Related Summer Opportunities

FBI Future Agents Training Program - Summer 2021

The FBI Washington Field Office Future Agents in Training program allows high school students ages 16-18, the opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today's FBI. Traditionally a weeklong in person training, the program will be held VIRTUALLY this year from August 3 to 5, 2021. The students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, public corruption, cybercrime, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI Office. Students will hear from Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, Language Specialists, and Professional Staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases.

Completed applications must be emailed as one attachment to wfocop@fbi.gov by May 31. Selected applicants will be notified of their status in June/July.

The application can be found at the FBI WFO Community Outreach website.

For any questions, please email WFOCOP@fbi.gov.


2021 American Cyber League STEM Innovators STEM Summer Camps

Your young innovators can dive into the hottest technology summer camps in the DMV with coding, hacking, robotics, 3D printing, drone building, and more - promoting continued education with hands on learning and projects.

2021 Summer Camp offerings include:

  • Autonomous Car Camp
  • 3D Printing Camp
  • Drone Hacking Camp
  • Build-Your-Own VR Camp

For more information or to register, please visit the CyberBytes Foundation website.

PWCS Summer Job Opportunities

PWCS has summer employment opportunities for Trades and Construction/Custodial Helpers. Candidates must be sixteen or over. Pay ranges from $10.00 to $10.50 per hour. Please see each job description for complete information and visit http://jobs.pwcs.edu/WorkSpace/ to complete an online application.

Construction/Custodial Helper

Performs custodial duties involving cleaning all parts of the school; and will also include receiving, carrying, and arranging deliveries, to include furniture and other school items. Employees will be expected to assist school staff in organizing classrooms.

Working Hours: Monday through Friday, daily. Hours include 6:00 am – 2:00 pm, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm, and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Overtime or schedule changes may occasionally be required, especially at the end of the school year immediately after schools close.

Construction/Custodial Helper Job Description (PDF)

Trades Helper

Performs semi-skilled trade labor, assisting the employees in the Office of Facilities Services (OFS) employees in a variety of trades work in the following areas:

  • Landscaping/Mowing
  • Roofing Repair (must be at least 18 years old)
  • Masonry (Brick, Block, Concrete & Asphalt work)
  • Carpentry (Relocating & Restoring Trailers)
  • HVAC (Changing Filters, Organizing Mechanical Rooms)
  • Electrical & Plumbing
  • Custodial (Gym Floor Cleaning)

Working Hours: Monday through Friday, daily. Hours include 6:00 am – 2:00 pm, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Trades Helper Job Description (PDF)

Scholarships and Award Recipients

Special Delivery: Scholarships

Amazon awarded $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer college scholarships to Mohamed Musa, a senior at Forest Park High School and The Governor's School @ Innovation Park, and Thomas Byrne, a senior at Forest Park High School. The students were two of just 100 students across the nation to receive this award. Dr. Jason Calhoun, director of the Governor's School @ Innovation Park, surprised Musa in person with news of the scholarship award. Byrne was also surprised by Richard Martinez, Forest Park High School principal, with the news he had earned the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship.

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Woodbridge High School Students

The CollegeBoard awarded Woodbridge High School with the Computer Science A Female Diversity Award for their efforts in expanding access in Advanced Placement Computer Science courses to girls and achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. Read more about the award.

CTE Work-Based Learning and Career Opportunities

PWCS CTE has put together a new listing of available positions and work-based learning opportunities. Visit the new Work-Based Learning and Careers Opportunities page to learn more. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Digital Infrastructure Scholarship

About the Opportunity: Equinix + NVCC

Equinix in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and the NOVA Foundation are pleased to announce the Equinix Digital Infrastructure Scholarship Program. Find out more about how you can jump start your career in Engineering Technology in just two semesters through a full-scholarship towards NVCC’s Engineering Technology C.S.C program. 

About the Scholarship: Engineering Technology C.S.C.

Equinix wants to partner with you on your educational and career journey, starting with a scholarship to NVCC’s one-year Engineering Technology program for Data Center Operations or Mechatronics.


Graduating High School Seniors may apply for the scholarship and eligible candidates will have an opportunity to register for an Equinix mentorship and a paid internship.

For More Information

Visit NVCC Academic Works. Deadline to apply is June 1.

2021 W!SE Financial Literacy Ambassadors Award


Financial Literacy Ambassadors Award applicants must be a student (grades 9-12) who... 1. Scored at least a 95% on the W!se Financial Literacy Certification Test while enrolled in a high school registered in the Financial Literacy Certification program and, 2. Took the W!se Financial Literacy Certification Test in the Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021.

Online Application and Essay

Complete the online application (click here to apply).

Write an essay in 700-800 words which describes and explains: 

  • (400 words maximum) What lessons I learned from studying personal finance in high school and how:
  • I am or have been applying these lessons and
  • will apply these lessons throughout my life.            
  • (Optional Story) your knowledge of personal finance helped you or enabled you to help another person address a situation, challenge, issue, etc.
  • Make sure your answer EXPLAINS why being financially literate is especially important because of the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • (400 words maximum) How will I create awareness about and advocate for Financial Literacy in my community if I receive the FL Ambassadors Award.
  • Request a school official, an employer or mentor (or equivalent role model) to submit a letter of recommendation. Author needs to disclose relationship with applicant and provide phone number and email address. The letter cannot be written by a family member or friend.

Submission and Deadlines

Applications must be submitted ONLINE via this link.

Due to Covid-19, mailed applications will not be accepted. The DEADLINE for submitting applications is June 30, 2021. Applications submitted AFTER June 30, 2021 will not be considered. Award winners will be notified around July 31, 2021. We look forward to receiving and reviewing applications. If you have questions, please contact Mike Castrilli at mcastrilli@wise-ny.org or (212) 421-2700.

Join the PWCS Firefighting Program!

Do you have a desire to help people? The PWCS Firefighting Program is accepting applications for new students.

The PWCS Firefighting program is accepting applications for students for the 2021-22 school year. Students will attend class at the Prince William Public Safety Academy in Nokesville, Virginia. This program is a year-long program that trains students to be firefighters with the potential to earn a firefighting certification upon completion of the program. 

In this three-credit course, students will learn all aspects of firefighting including how to fight live fires and conducting search-and-rescue operations. 

Students need to pass a medical physical over the summer to be cleared to participate in this course. 

Please fill out this application to be considered for the program. Applications are due by July 9.


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Doug Wright

Charlena McCuin

CTE Coordinator, High School Programs:
Mary Beth Dobbins

CTE Specialist, Middle School Programs:
Michelle Kight