Real Food for Kids 2020 Culinary Challenge 


When: This event has been postponed until further notice (Originally schedule for March 21, 2020 @ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Where: Hayfield Secondary School (7630 Telegraph Road Alexandria VA 22315

Cost: Free

Our Students are Changing School Lunch Menus And this is the only event where you can see how they do it!

Exhibits open at 10:45 a.m.

Public Tasting of Student Dishes 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Awards Ceremony 12:15 p.m.

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge is the only event in the country that gives students a platform to influence and change what is served in their school cafeterias. Throughout the National Capital Region, dishes created by middle and high school students for this event are being served to thousands of their peers. Every day, school food professionals face an array of federal requirements to put school meals in our cafeterias that meet strict nutritional guidelines while adhering to restrictive per-meal budgets. The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge gives students the chance to overcome these challenges to tell us what they’d like to see in their school cafeterias. Their success is changing what’s being served in our schools. 21 teams from 7 school districts in the National Capital Region will participate. It’s a taste sensation you won’t want to miss.

Students from Parkside Middle School and Woodbridge Middle School will be competing the Real Food for Kids 2020 Culinary Challenge.

Source: Arlington Magazine

Woodbridge High School student nominated as a Presidential Scholar for Career and Technical Education

Will Calli is a student at Woodbridge High School (WHS). He has been nominated as one of five Virginia students for the U.S. Presidential Scholars for Career and Technical Education. Only 161 students are named Presidential Scholars each year.

The career and technical education (CTE) nominees are chosen based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields. Students are nominated through their Chief State School Officer (CSSO). The who can nominate up to five candidates who meet the U.S. Presidential Scholars candidacy requirements.

Calli was nominated at the state level by his Engineering Teacher Timothy DeFelice, who is impressed with his determination to excel in the engineering program.

DeFelice said, “Will’s motivation and dedication to the field of engineering made him an easy choice for this opportunity. Last summer, he excelled in the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program through the Office of Naval Research. He plans to enroll again this summer. Following graduation, he will be attending the Webb Institute in New York to pursue a career in naval architecture and marine engineering. I am honored to have him represent Woodbridge High School and Prince William County Public Schools.”

Doug Wright, supervisor for CTE in the Office of Student Learning, is very proud that a PWCS student has been nominated for this honor. “CTE is very proud of Will… We appreciated all the support he has received from WHS and his CTE teacher Mr. Tim DeFelice. We are pulling for Will to become PWCS’s first U.S. Presidential Scholar,” said Wright.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors for their accomplishments academically. This program was expanded to include students who exhibit ability and accomplishments in career and technical education fields in 2015.

U.S. Presidential Scholars winners will be announced in May.


Colgan High School Students Compete at the International Builder's Show

A team of students from Colgan High School — Ariel Meyer, Josalyn Dyer and Jacob Winebarger — recently competed in the 2020 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Competition for secondary schools (architecture category) on Jan. 21, 2020, during the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nev. International Code Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations Sara Yerkes was on hand to support the team from Colgan High School as they gave their presentation to a panel of industry professionals. The Colgan High School team competed with four other high schools in the architecture category under “secondary programs,” including last year’s winner, Shadow Ridge High School in Arizona. The student team from Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School received the Rookie of the Year Award. Additionally, Jacob Winebarger received an NAHB Outstanding Student Award.

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Construction Connections

Come Learn About the Building Trades Program and Meet Your Future Employer!

Join us for a Building Trades career event featuring multiple construction companies and learn about the Building Trades program opportunity offered at Patriot High School! Employers will be available to answer questions, talk about career opportunities, and will be looking to hire for positions starting in the summer. This is a great way to ensure a career opportunity upon graduation and learn more about what PWCS has to offer for students interested in the building trades industry. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

  • January 15, 2020
  • Patriot High School
  • 5-7 p.m.
  • 10504 Kettle Run Road
  • Nokesville, Virginia 20181
  • 703.594.3020


CTE Career Connections crowd photo spring 2019 CTE Career Connections

Are you a high school sophomore, junior or senior? Are you interested in learning about apprenticeship opportunities? Meet potential employers and learn about career related opportunities!

  • November 21, 2019
  • 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center
    14715 Bristow Road
    Manassas, VA 20112
  • Students and guardians welcome!

For more information, please contact:CTE Career Connections PWC police department display
703-392-0900 x102

Snow Date December 9, 2019

High Honors for Stonewall Graduate!

Stonewall Jackson High School's Ryan Bell is theStonewall student Ryan Bell with Technology Education teacher Molly Beck first PWCS student to earn industry certifications in all three AutoDESK Software Programs: AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit. Ryan is also one of the first International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) graduates. His SeaPerch team, The Clams, participated in robotics for three years and earned the top spot at the Regional Seaperch Competition in March. They compete for the international title at the University of Maryland on June 1-2.

In addition, Ryan was Ms. Beck’s teacher's aide this school year and was a HUGE help to her and his classmates. He and "The Clams" will be attending Old Dominion University this Fall to study Engineering. We wish Ryan and his Sea Perch teammates bright futures. Go Raiders!

International Brotherhood ofIBEW 26 logo Electrical Workers 26 Tour

June 3, 2019

CTE business partner IBEW Local Union 26 is sponsoring an open house to celebrate our partnership and the grand opening of the new Electricity program Stonewall Jackson High School. The end of the year is close, so don't miss this chance for students and parents to learn more about the electrical trade, meet industry professionals and tour their facility

CroppMetcalfe Academy Summer School Program

June 17 - August 16, 2019

The CroppMetcalfe Academy offers a free 8-weekCropp Metcalfe Logo summer apprenticeship to qualified high school graduates

  • 4 hours a day
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8421 Hilltop RD Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Advanced credits & early graduation possible
  • Selected summer school graduates will have the opportunity to continue in the first year of the CroppMetcalfe Academy HVAC program along with all required training materials & tools (provided by the school)
  • All candidates who meet basic entrance requirements will be interviewed
  • $250 Registration Fee (refundable upon program completion)
  • CroppMetcalfe Academy Summer School Flyer (PDF)