Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is the set of learning experiences–both in and out of the classroom–that helps students gain the skills, technical capacity, academic foundation, and real-world knowledge they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers.  For more about CTE, see:


Trailblazers, a joint project of the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at University of Virginia, brings high quality, current demographic and labor market data together with policy and program analysis to support continuous improvement in career and technical education in Virginia. Trailblazers supports the goals articulated by the Carl Perkins Act, particularly in its focus on expanding educational and employment opportunities for students, regardless of gender.

This website

The Trailblazers site serves as a central location for labor market data products, reports, and external resources we have developed or identified for CTE professionals.  Please use the above tabs to navigate to the particular page you need.