Trade and Industrial Education

About Trade and Industrial Education

Trade and Industrial Education provides preparation for entry into skilled trades and service occupations that involve designing, producing, processing, assembling, maintaining, servicing, or repairing any product or commodity. Specialized training includes job shadowing, internships, and on-the-job training in all program areas.

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Trade and Industrial Education offers students the opportunity to study a variety of professional courses developed and implemented from today's leading industries.Industry-recognized certifications and licensure, internships, and college credit exist for many students. Classroom experiences are enhanced through high-tech lab activities that accentuate self-direction, productivity, and professionalism while challenging students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and life-long learners.

Foundation for Applied Technical Education (FATE)

Foundation for Applied Technical Education (FATE)



In 1970, Fairfax County Public Schools called on its business and professional community for assistance in providing an educational program that would develop Career and Technical Education skills with direct transfer capability to the employer.

The result was the formation of a unique partnership known as the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE). The Foundation consists of representatives from a wide range of business and professional organizations, as well as individuals dedicated to assisting the school system in providing “real world” educational experiences for interested high school students.

For more information regarding FATE, see

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Last Updated

February 27, 2015