Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee

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School Board Liaison

Melanie Meren

Staff Liaison

Whitney Ketchledge, Coordinator, Career and Technical Education, Instructional Services Department

Committee Purpose

8 VAC 20-120-50 - Each local education agency or region shall establish a general career and technical education advisory committee to provide recommendations to the local educational agency (or board) on current job needs and the relevancy of career and technical education programs offered and to assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the local plan and application.

2021-22 Committee Charge

In collaboration with industry, develop strategies and support for continuing improvement in coordination and communication of CTE programs.

Meeting Dates

All Meetings will be at Willow Oaks Administrative Center in room 1002 A/B.

Meeting Date Agenda and Highlights Approved Meeting Notes
September 9, 2021 Agenda & Highlights Meeting Notes 
October 14, 2021 Agenda & Highlights Meeting Notes
November 11, 2021    
January 13, 2022    
February 10, 2022    
March 10, 2022    
April 14, 2022    
May 12, 2022    
June TBD, 2022    

2021-22 Membership

School Board Member Representatives

Manny Portillo-Gomez, At-Large - Omeish,
Jodi Duke, At-Large - Sizemore Heizer
TBD, At-Large - Keys-Gamarra
Alexa Krezel, Braddock District
Juan Pablo Gonzalez, Dranesville District
Paul Berry, Hunter Mill District
Theresa Minton-Eversole, Lee District
Adam Phillips, Mason District
Paul Thieberger, Mount Vernon District
Andrew Frank, Providence District
Matthew Reisman, Springfield District
Anitha Raj, Sully District
Gitika Gorthi, Student Representative

Community Representatives

Eliza Chappell, SkillSource Group
Craig Evans, NOVA EMS Council
Barbara Hopkins, Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)
Joseph Parker, iN2STEM Solutions, Incorporated
Kamalieet Sanghera, George Mason University
Shonna Smith, When Doves Code
Irvin Varkonyi, Supply Chain Operations Education
Tina Williams, PTA

School Representatives

Matt Bechtel, Educational Specialist, Career and Technical Education 
Sarah Blake, Educational Specialist, Career and Transition Services 
Jay Garant, Director, Business and Community Partnerships
Lauren Crispino, Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services
Todd Franklin, Manager, Career Pathways
Mary Lewis, Manager, Academic and Career Planning
Kate Salerno, Senior Administrator, Nontraditional School Programs

  • Career & Technical Advisory Committee Overview 2021

    To provide advice to the school administration and the School Board on career and technical education programs and initiatives for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of these programs and associated courses in providing students with the knowledge and skills that contribute to their preparation for the workforce, military, and/or continuing education in a competitive global economy, and to help the schools obtain support and participation from the business community and the public.