Feb 27, 2018 5:30 PM
Daphne Keiser, Director of CATEC
Our speakers for February 27 will be Daphne Keiser, Director of CATEC, and Amanda Jay, CATEC Career Development. The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC), a regional technical education center, helps high school students and adults obtain the jobs they seek. CATEC was founded in 1973 and serves students from both Albemarle County Schools and Charlottesville City Schools. CATEC currently offers 10 trade programs and 2 academies (the Information and Engineering Technology Academy and Healthcare and Medical Services Academy) that offer educational and career pathways for high school students. Other programs include Auto Body Technology, Auto Service Technology, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental, Electrical, EMT, Firefighting, Music Technician, Veterinary Science, Nurse Aide, and Pharmacy. CATEC also offers continuing education courses and apprenticeship programs for adult learners. The goal is to give students the skills, knowledge and confidence to enter the workforce and/or pursue higher education. Students gain valuable certifications and earn dual enrollment credits from Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) and Reynolds Community College. Many students discover their passion and career aspirations while studying at CATEC.
CATEC's centralized, unified career development program helps students develop strategic approaches to cultivating their careers. Students gain exposure to a workplace skills curriculum that focuses on professional qualities, soft skills sought by employers, and marketing strategies to help them land professional jobs. Students focus on thinking like employers, strategic resume writing, and interview preparation. This year, CATEC will partner with our Rotary Club to offer mock interviews in late April for graduating CATEC students to give them relevant practice honing their interviewing skills.