A child’s future career is significantly influenced by their parents. More than 50% of today’s workforce is made up of employees who are working in the field chosen by their parents. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for parents to understand career education and the opportunities available. 

When Can My Child Start Career Education and What Will They Experience?

Middle School – New This Fall 

Discover Your Future

Discover Your Future is a course designed by the WVDE Division of Technical and Adult Education in cooperation with elementary and middle school teachers. The program aims to introduce students in grades 6 – 8 to the sixteen national career clusters.  The course has been designed to be as flexible as possible for schools to implement to meet the needs of their students.  The Discover Your Future course is taught over a 32-week period, and can be taught by any certified middle school teacher via hands-on, two-week modules.  Course resources will include guest speakers, field trip suggestions, activities, and community projects (among others).  Schools are encouraged to be creative in how they implement the course.  A list of participating middle schools will be available April 18, 2022.


New program designed to introduce students to drones, robotics, computer science, app development, and green energy architecture. 

Simulated Workplace Recruitment

High school students teach career lessons to the middle school students to motivate and encourage participation in high school career education. 

High School – Initiatives 

  • Simulated Workplace – Classroom transitions into a business setting that aligns with West Virginia industry requirements, including random drug testing, professionalism, attendance, and safety. 
  • New Programs Offered this Fall – Entrepreneurship, Sports Medicine, Sign Language Interpreter, Industrial Robotics, and Advanced Medical Preparedness (an additional 60 programs are available) 
  • Classroom 2 Career Offered this Fall – Initiative that creates business partnerships by creating internship opportunities for students to gain real world experience. 
  • Economic Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) – Statewide program in which CTE students partner with communities to use their technical skills to make a difference in their community. 

How Does Career Education Benefit My Child?

  • Industry-recognized certifications and licenses (examples on attached sheet) 
  • Dual credit with community colleges and universities 
  • Work-based learning experiences 
  • National Technical Honor Society 
  • Career Technical Student Organizations – Student leadership opportunities that include state and national competitions where students work together to showcase their technical skills in organized events and activities. 

Why is Career Education Important? 

Career education gives your child the needed skills and knowledge to be successful throughout life, regardless if they plan to become a doctor, lawyer, fire fighter, plumber, or mechanic. Students who enroll in career education graduate with strong technical skills, academic skills and employability skills. In addition, career education allows students to make connections between learning and real-world application. 

Parent Resource

Classroom 2 Career Navigator 

The Classroom 2 Career Navigator website (wvclassroom2career.com) is a collaboration between k-12 and higher education that highlights college and career options for West Virginia students. Counselors, students, and families can access useful information about colleges, military, entrepreneurship, work-based learning and other resources to help guide decisions and career options beyond high school. 

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Technical and Adult Education at 304-558-2389 or wvde.us/technical-and-adult-education