Frequently asked questions

Q. What is CTEC?

  • The Culpeper Technical Education Center (CTEC) offers career focused programs to prepare students for their future careers through hands-on instruction and authentic workplace experiences.

Q. When will CTEC open?

  • CTEC will open in August 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Q. Can I visit before enrolling in CTEC?

  • CTEC is currently under construction. Please watch our Virtual Tour Video and check back on our CTEC website for updated pictures of the construction progress.

Q. What makes CTEC different from other schools?

  • CTEC is specifically designed to provide state of the art instruction for students interested in a specific career and technical education program. Students will have a great deal of hands-on instruction giving them an abundance of opportunity to apply what they are learning through authentic workplace experiences.

Q. Where is CTEC located?

  • CTEC is located next door to the Daniel Technology Center (Germanna Community College campus) off of Technology Drive in Culpeper, Virginia. The address is 17441 Frank Turnage Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701

Q. Who can enroll at CTEC/Eligibility?

  • Any student can enroll at CTEC. Explore Planning for CTEC to see the possible avenues to CTEC programs.

Q. Should I go to CTEC if I plan to attend a 2 or 4 year post secondary school?

  • Career and Technical Education is designed for everyone. CTEC programs are designed for every student to achieve career advancement, regardless of postsecondary plans. Students enrolled in CTEC courses graduate with an industry credential (s) and are prepared to enter directly into the workforce OR to pursue further education and training after high school.

Q. Who do I contact at my high school for more information about my Academic and Career Planning and possible course selection?

  • Please contact your school counselor for more information regarding your ACP and possible course selections. For more information about CTEC or other CTE programs, please contact us in the CCPS CTE office. Contact

Q. How will I know if a CTEC program is right for me?

  • You will know a CTEC program is right for you if it aligns with your career interests and future career goals. You can also explore the CTEC webpage to learn more about program offerings. Course Offerings

Q. What’s next? How do I get started?

  • Explore the CTE webpage! See your school counselor with questions.

Q. How do I enroll at CTEC?

  • Applications for acceptance into the Healthcare Technician and Emergency Medical Technician programs are live on the Admissions page and are due no later than March 19, 2021. Registration Requests for all other CTEC programs are also live and are due no later than March 19th, 2021. The Applications and Registration Requests are Google Forms and include detailed instructions. All forms are submitted electronically.

  • Students interested in a CTEC program need to register for 8 classes during the registration period with their base school (CCHS or EVHS). The 8 classes you choose should be courses you would like to take in case you are not placed into a CTEC program. Adjustments to course requests will be completed after a seat in a CTEC program is obtained.

Q. What courses are offered at CTEC?

Q. What grade levels can go to CTEC?

  • Students in grades 10-11 may take Culinary Arts I and students in grades 11-12 may take Culinary Arts II or Drafting I. Students in 12th grade may take Healthcare Technician or Emergency Medical Technician. All other programs are open to 11th graders for the 2021-22 school year.

Q. May I request more than one program?

  • Students applying to the Healthcare Technician or Emergency Medical Technician programs may only apply to one of those particular programs. Students wishing to enroll in other programs may list up to three programs that they are interested in on the Request to Enroll form. However, students will be placed in one program unless space allows for more.

Q. What does it mean to be placed on a wait list?

  • The number of students enrolled in CTEC courses are limited due to safety restrictions set by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Board of Nursing. Any student not initially enrolled in a course, will be placed on a waiting list. Students will be taken off the waiting list if a vacant spot opens.

Q. Is there tuition to attend CTEC?

  • If students choose to enroll in a program with dual enrollment credits through Germanna Community College and J. Sgt. Reynolds Community College, they have the option to earn college credit. The current cost of dual enrollment credit is $39.75 per credit hour (based on 2020-21 school year information). In comparison, non dual enrollment students pay $163.75 per credit hour. Financial assistance is possible.

Q. Are there class fees at CTEC?

  • For students enrolled at CTEC, there are no fees for materials or even the industry credential exams.

Q. What is an industry credential?

  • The term “credential” includes educational certificates, industry certifications and state licenses. See the course offerings page to learn about the many credentials that are offered at CTEC. (Course Offerings)

Q. How do I get to CTEC? Can I drive myself to CTEC?

  • Students will not be able to drive their own vehicles to CTEC. Culpeper County Public Schools (CCPS) will provide transportation to CTEC for students from their base schools.

Q. Will EVHS and CCHS students attend CTEC at the same time?

  • Yes, CTEC will serve students from Culpeper County High School and Eastern View High School at the same time. While at CTEC, students from both base schools will work collaboratively toward our shared mission and vision for success.

Q. What will my day look like?

  • Students will travel from your home high school (either CCHS or EVHS) to CTEC for two blocks of your day. These two blocks will either be during an AM session or a PM session. The remainder of your day will be spent at your home school. See the Planning for CTEC page for more information. (Planning for CTEC)

Q. How do we dress at CTEC?

  • See the Course Offerings page for more specific information on dress expectations for individual classes. Students will dress for the profession that they are training in; for example, Culinary Arts students will wear chef jackets and hats which will be provided to the students.

Q. What will I get out of CTEC?

  • All CTEC courses are either dual enrolled or certificate-based programs. All CTEC courses also result in earning either a state license or industry credential. Completion of a CTEC program will prepare students to either enter directly into the workforce, or to continue their education in their chosen field.

Q. Will I be challenged at CTEC?

  • Dual enrollment and certificate-based programs are rigorous and rewarding as they challenge students to be prepared for the next steps in their lives.

Q. Will I have an opportunity to showcase my skills by participating in local, state and national competitions?

  • Yes! All CTEC students will have the opportunity to join SkillsUSA, the national education student professional organization serving students to prepare them for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations. The mission statement of SkillsUSA is “to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.” Find out more information about SkillsUSA at this link: https://www.skillsusa.org/about/