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					      College and Career Quick Tips for a Successful Future!
                                   Chesterfield Technical Center

                   Soon you’ll be graduating from high school…YEA!!
                                        So what’s next??
                                2 or 4-year College?
           2 Yr. Community/Junior College & then transfer to a 4yr. College?
          Specialty School?          Community College while Working?            The Military?
                                    Go to Work Full-time?
Lots of choices and lots of opportunities! But the best time to start preparing for your future is in
your junior year so you can spread the details out and reduce the stress in your senior year. Just
remember, the choices do not get any easier by delaying the decision and the effort it takes to go
and do what you want.

So let’s get to it:
    College Information:
       o College Time Line
       o ACT & SAT Test Tips
       o 4 year Colleges
       o 2 year Colleges
       o Financial Aid & Scholarship Facts

    Employment Information
       o While in high school
       o After graduation

    Military Information

    Specialty Career Schools:
       o Automotive/Trades Schools
       o Business/Computer/Electronics Schools
       o Culinary/Baking/Hospitality Management/Dietetics/Nutrition
       o Nursing/Dental/Medical/Veterinary
       o Photography/Digital/Animation

    Apprenticeships
       o CTC Apprenticeship Partnership
       o State of Virginia Apprenticeship Program
       o Other Local Apprenticeship Programs
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                                    College Information:



1. Take SAT and/or ACT tests in October, November, or December. Read more under SAT/ACT
   section for helpful tips and why you want to take the tests more than once!
2. Submit your college applications as soon as possible! Get them done!! Check for early or
   special deadlines for students interested in medical majors and scholarships.
3. Submit FAFSA form electronically as soon after January 1st as possible. The sooner you
   submit the FAFSA, the better the chances for financial assistance. See more information under
   the Financial Aid section of this site.
4. Start checking out financial aid/scholarship opportunities in the fall and once all the college
   applications are mailed, start concentrating on the scholarship applications.


1. Best time to take SAT and/or ACT tests is at the end of your junior year. Take 2 SAT’s and an
   ACT test in the spring after you have had a full year of English, math and science. You will be
   brilliant as compared to your level of knowledge when you start your senior year because over
   the summer most of us do a major brain-dump!!!
2. Start researching and visiting colleges. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive! Be sure to
  “test drive” the colleges that interest you!
3. If your college requires SAT II tests which are specific subject tests like algebra, biology, US
   History (UVA, etc.) take test no later than spring of your junior year. Most colleges do not
   require SAT II tests but UVA and a few others do. Check early on!
4. Get volunteer/community service hours so that you are better candidate for scholarships.
5. Start researching scholarships. Know what is expected of you so that you have what the
   scholarship committees are looking for when you are a senior.

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SAT I Test and the ACT Test:

1. Richard Bland College (Junior College) prefers, and 4-year colleges and universities require,
   SAT and/or ACT test scores. The tests are used as indicators for success at college.

   If you are planning to attend a community college or a specialty school, the SAT or ACT
   will most likely not be required. You will, however, need to take placement tests at area
   community colleges.

2. SAT & ACT registration materials are available from CTC or your home school guidance
   offices. Make sure you enter YOUR high school test code (Do Not Enter CTC’s!) on the
   registration form. You can register on-line but will need a credit card. Students with
   significant financial needs should see home school counselors for test fee assistance.

3. Note the test dates and registration deadlines. Seniors, try to take the test as soon as possible so
   there will be time to take the test again if your scores are not high enough.

4. There is an advantage to taking the tests more than once! If you take the test several times,
   colleges usually will use the highest verbal and math scores. If your ACT is higher than your
   combined SAT scores, then they will take that entrance test score.

5. ACT tests are designed differently from the SAT I test. The ACT is only 1/4 math (SAT is 1/3
   math) and also tests science, English and reading skills. The ACT writing test is optional but
   many colleges prefer that you take it. The SAT tests for math, critical reading and writing.
   The ACT does not have a guessing penalty, which the SAT does. Do not guess on the SAT; it
   takes points away from your correct answers!!! Follow the directions! If you do not know the
   answer, leave it blank!!!! Some students do much better on the ACT than the SAT I, so keep
   that in mind.


      SAT: – Site to register for SAT tests and take practice tests. Also,
      a great site for college information and searches, scholarship information, etc.
      Phone: (866) 756-7346

      ACT: - Site to register for ACT test and practice tests. Learn what colleges
      require the optional essay test. CTC recommends that you take the optional essay test.
      Phone: (319) 337-1000 Registration Inquires: (319) 337-1270

      March to Success: - site for SAT prep tests

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9 tips for Applying to 4-Year Colleges :

1. Pick 3-5 schools. Get on the computer to check out college majors and courses in your area of
   interest. Applications are on-line. Most colleges prefer that you apply on-line. As a result,
   application fees are less for on-line applications than hard copy applications. Always check the
   Financial Aid information on that college website, too, for scholarship deadlines, etc.
2. Print an on-line application and fill it out as your rough draft. PROOF READ and make
   corrections. Transfer the information to the final official application on-line. Do not hit submit
   or mail your application until it has been proofread! Pay attention to the directions. Details
   count when being compared to other students applying for college! Accuracy is critical.
3. Do one college application per week so that you won’t feel overwhelmed. Make getting into
   college and the application process “homework” one or two days a week.

4. Do not procrastinate! With rolling admission colleges (i.e.: Longwood, etc.), students are
   selected as applications are received. Once the seats are filled, there are no more opportunities!

5. If you want to be a college athlete, be sure to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse as soon as
   possible to learn what it takes to be eligible. You would register with the NCAA at the end of
   your junior year.

6. Clean up your Facebook and other social networking sites because college admissions offices
   have used the sites to evaluate the applicants further and 38% said what they saw “negatively
   affected” their views of the applicant.

7. Select an E-mail address that doesn’t give admissions a negative image, like “hotchick” or
   “allman”. Provide colleges and employers with a professional E-mail address.

8. Application fee waivers are available for qualifying students through college admission offices.
   See each college’s website for details.

9. Depending upon what the college essay is requesting, your college essay could speak to the
   admissions representatives about your passion for your field of study with a brief description of
   how that passion has evolved in your life. You may also want to mention any good reasons for
   weaknesses with regards to GPA (difficult transition into high school but regained focus and
   direction late in sophomore year with desire to attend CTC), low standardized test scores,
   family/personal illness, etc. You want to give them info that is not already written on your
   application… the stuff between the lines that makes you stand out as an individual, not just
   another applicant! Be sure to proof read!!!!!!
   Essay Websites: and
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College Related Websites:

     Virginia Education Wizard (VA Community College info & transfer agreements to 4-year

     Virginia View:


     College Board:

     Quintessential Career (has everything!!):

     College Search:

     College Search, blog, etc:

     College videos:

     Common Application:

     Admission Statistics from Dept. of Education College Navigator:

     College Choices:

     More about HBCU’s:

     Nat’l Clearinghouse for Single Mothers in Higher Education:

     Quick Overview of College Info with Videos of 135 Schools

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                                Two Year Community Colleges
           (John Tyler Community College & J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College)
                       or the last 2-Year Junior College in Virginia
                       (Richard Bland College - College of William & Mary):

General Community College Information:
1. Community Colleges are a great place to take a couple of courses of interest or get more skills
   so you can earn more money. You can also attend part-time or fulltime, day or at night. You
   can earn a two year degree in a specific career field or attend certificate courses that will
   help you have skills that employers are looking for.

2. In the Richmond area there are several two-year colleges to consider so check out John Tyler
   Community College in Chesterfield County ( ), J. Sargeant Reynolds Community
   College located in Henrico County and downtown Richmond ( ) and
   Richard Bland College –College of William & Mary located south of Petersburg, which has
   dormitories on campus ( ).

Transfer from a 2-year Community College to a 4-year College for the last 2 years in your major!

1. If you are planning to attend a community college and then transfer to a four-year college, you
   need to work closely with the admissions counselors at both the community college and the
   four-year college to make sure you take a curriculum that will transfer the most credits. Ask
   questions before you spend money on the courses! But, the good news is that guaranteed
   admissions and articulation agreements between the community colleges and 4-year colleges
   has made the transfer process much more clear and easier. Starting at a community college
   is a great way to save money since community colleges are less expensive than 4-year colleges.
   See for all sorts of helpful information about
   community college programs, transferring to 4-yr colleges and career assessments, college cost
   calculator and financial aid estimator.

2. Most often, if you are considering transferring, it will be recommended that you complete the
   Associate in Arts & Sciences degree. This is a complete two-year program designed to allow
   you to enter a four-year college as a junior, having completed the liberal arts
   requirements (the English, math, science, etc. types of courses) and begin taking the courses related
   to a specific major.

Basic and advanced searches for transferring community college liberal arts credits to 4-year
Virginia colleges:

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Scholarships and Financial Aid:
1. Ask your parents to find out if where they work offers scholarship opportunities.

2. Take note of what is offered by your school through the PTSA, school clubs, etc. The fewest
   number of students are applying to “your high school only” scholarships compared to
   scholarships for everyone in the Chesterfield County or the country!

3. Ask your school Career Center Coordinator about current postings and keep checking back.

4. Make an appointment with your home school G.R.A.S.P. (Greater Richmond Area Scholarship
   Program) representative to find out what is available.

5. Find out what scholarships and financial assistance is available through the colleges that
   interest you. Always check with each college’s Financial Aid offices about scholarships!!!

6. Check out the Internet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loads of opportunities! There are scholarships for left-
   handers, people with two different eye colors, bowlers, etc. in addition to scholarships for
   minorities, persons that have done community services, have great grades, etc.

7. ***FAFSA is IMPORTANT for everyone to know about!! The FAFSA (Free
   Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary tool used by colleges and most
   specialty schools to determine what they can give you for financial aid. The FAFSA
   Worksheet is available on-line. The best way to apply is on-line. The on-line form keeps you
   from making mistakes! HERE’S the BIG TIP: Get your properly completed form to FAFSA
   as soon as you can after January 1st so that you will be considered while the greatest amount of
   financial aid money is available. The later you apply or submit your FAFSA paperwork, the
   less money will be available. Your best chances for financial assistance, should you qualify,
   will be in the winter into early spring.

8. BE VERY CAREFUL about getting SCAMMED!
    Do not pay for scholarship information or getting scholarship matches.
    Do not provide credit card or bank account numbers to any scholarship group.
    Watch out if you are selected as a finalist for a contest/scholarship that you did not enter.
    DO NOT PAY FOR FAFSA! There are a number of bogus sites saying that they will
     process the FAFSA for a fee! DO NO SUBMIT! Could cost you more than you think…
     they will have your credit card number along with your and your parent’s social security
     numbers!!!! Pay attention to the details!

More information on scholarship scams:
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9. Most importantly… APPLY for the scholarships! Lots of students research scholarships but
   never complete the forms or do the essays, etc! You have to apply to get the money! Some
   scholarships are very easy to complete and others are more time consuming. Make sure you
   make a copy of your completed scholarship application before submitting or mailing.

Some on-line Scholarship and Financial Aid websites to look at are:

      Your school website lists scholarships: ( )
    The Community Foundation scholarships:   – local scholarships
    Fast Web: – links you to many databases for free scholarship search

    Sallie Mae’s free scholarship search:
    Peterson’s: – largest free undergraduate database
    College Board:
      Student Aid: - government site on grants and special link for minority

      College Net: - search for scholarships by age, sports, nationality, etc.
    Scholarship Experts:
    Financial Aid.Org:
    Scholarship.Com: ;
    Federal Scholarships, etc.:
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

    FAFSA4caster is an online tool that helps students and parents determine their current
     eligibility for federal student aid. Check out to learn how much
     aid they would receive if they applied today.

    MyFSA is an online account that provides students with access to college and scholarship
     searches, career and self-assessment tools, and other valuable resources regarding college
     and financial aid. Students can learn about MyFSA's various functions and set up MyFSA
     accounts at

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 Hispanic Scholarship Fund:

 Student Scholarship Search:
 Scholarship List for College Bound Seniors:
 Scholarships & College info:

 Federally funded scholarships, grants, internships geared to high school students:

 Student success stories & descriptions of need-based financial aid programs:

 Job Corps:

 AmeriCorps: (Eligible for education upon successful completion of

 More about college finances:

 Popular Private Loan Web Sites (US News & World Report – Sept. 2009, College Edition):

 CTC Scholarships

            Check local businesses, banks, hospitals and places where you work
                             more scholarship opportunities.

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Career Bound Before You Graduate from High School;

1.      While you are still in high school, get a job (retail, food oriented); and if you have skills, get
        a job in your area of interest and skills or start your own business (mowing lawns, baby or
        animal sitting, computer repair, etc.).

        Employers look for good work habits and will pay more for experience. That part-time job
        will also help you earn an income for personal expenses (car, insurance, gas, etc.).

        Don’t forget that good job recommendations open the door to future jobs in your area of
        interest and eventual career based on the skills learned at CTC.

2.      Get your driver’s license and make good decisions in order to keep it. You need that
        driver’s license to get to work, so follow the rules of the road and remember that you are
        underage! Some jobs require that you have a clean driving record, so don’t lose your
        driver’s license because of poor choices!

3.      As a CTC senior you will have more skills and knowledge, so get a job or internship/clinical
        in your area of interest and skills as soon as possible. Many times those part-time jobs can
        become fulltime jobs upon graduation from high school!!

Career Bound after Graduation:

1. Use your Workplace Transition job, internship, clinical or part-time job to your advantage! If
   you seek a “dream” job or place of employment, don’t just think about it, go for it!! Employers
   are looking for workers who want to work for them!! Take advantage of the lack of great
   employees and apply for your “dream” job.
     In your interviews and cover letter of your application, be sure to talk about the skills you
     learned in high school/CTC that can help you in the job like computer skills and the computer
     programs that you know; accounting, marketing, math, team-working and communication
     skills. You have to tell the employer why you are the best person for the job!
2. Stay in touch with CTC and home school Career Centers for work opportunities. When times
   are good economically, we get lots of great jobs both fulltime and part-time.

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3. Networking is a big part of finding out about different career opportunities, who’s hiring, etc.
   Talk to your teachers, counselors, Career Center Coordinators and professionals in the field.
   Do not forget the customers you currently help at work; they can often help you get your foot
   in the door of the job you want.

    *** You never know who will be your valuable link to the job or training program you so
   desire, even your parent’s friends and neighbors are connected to jobs and employers!
   Make sure they have a great impression of you and talk to them! They could talk to their
   employers about you, help get your application noticed and a job interview by
   recommending you highly!
4. Often, opportunities to further your education are available through the business for which you
   work. Businesses will assist you further your education in their career field by making
   allowances for you to take time off from work to attend classes and sometimes businesses will
   reimburse employees for the cost of coursework if grade C or better is earned. Just ask!

Websites for career searches:

    Virginia Wizard:

    Virginia View:

    Career One Stop:

    Career Planning: www.fastweb

    Career Exploration:

    Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    Occupational Outlook Handbook:

    Distance Learning Quiz & Resources:

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Websites for help with your job search:

   Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper:

   Hot Jobs –Yahoo:

   Snag a Job: (hourly jobs)

   Go Jobs:;

   Indeed.Com:

   Career Builders:

   Chesterfield County Jobs:

   Federal Jobs:;

   Monster.Com:

   Craig’s List:

   Virginia Employment Commission:

   Summer & Seasonal Jobs for Teens:

   Certification Programs:

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                                           The Military:
1. Take the ASVAB test offered at your high school sometime this year. The ASVAB is a career
   exploration test that is free, and it is considered one of the best career interest tests available. It
   helps you explore 200 civilian and military careers and matches your interests with various

2. Talk to teachers/people who have served in the military to get some insights.

3. Get on the Internet and research the various service branches.

4. Talk very carefully to recruiters in the Commons area of your home school. Do not give your
   name or phone number to them unless you want to hear further from them (a lot!!).

5. Take a trusted family member or friend with you when talking to a recruiter to help you ask all
   the necessary questions and make sure you understand what they are saying. Make sure all of
   the promises are in writing.

Website for ASVAB (& SAT) Prep:

Websites for various branches of service:
Air Force          800-423-8723       
Army               800-USA-ARMY       
Coast Guard        800-438-8724       
Marines            800-MARINES        
Navy               800-372-NAVY       

Selective Service:

There is no draft but the law requires all males to register for Selective Service as soon as they
turn 18 years old.

Financial Aid to college can be withheld from males who have not registered.

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                                 Specialty Career Schools:
After you graduate from high school, specialty career schools are another option!

    Just be sure you compare what you will get at a specialty school to what you can get at a
     community college because the cost difference between the two types of schools is

    Remember too that specialty school credits do not always transfer (or are not recognized) by
     2-year or 4-year colleges/universities should you decide to transfer and pursue a degree in
     your field of interest. Ask the 4-year college/university admissions office about
     transferability of specialty school credits before signing the contract to attend a specialty

    In some cases, you have to sign a contract when attending a specialty school. That contract
     binds you to payments even if you stop attending. On the other hand, you pay for your
     classes as you register at a community college, so your commitment is one semester at a
     time, not longer.

    Visit the campus. Ask lots of questions about their promise of job placement (in Saudi

    Ask the Human Resource professionals in the field or a company/hospital where you are
     want to work what they think of the graduates from the specialty school and if they hire

    Ask to see about scholarship opportunities like Imagine America for schools who belong to
     Career Colleges Association. CTC has 3 - $1,000 scholarships to award to deserving
     students who want to attend specific specialty schools for automotive, culinary, computer,

    Virginia View has an extensive search engine for finding Specialty Career Schools at under School Search 411 on the home page.

Richmond Area Career Colleges: See Schools – Academic-Colleges or Schools - Expertise or
Schools - Vocational in for career training in massage therapy, computers,
security, bartending, barbering, medical, nursing, real estate, dental assisting, cosmetology, taxes,
etc. CTC does not endorse any of these schools.

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Listed below are some Specialty Career Colleges along with 2 & 4-year Colleges
and Universities offering career specific training/education:

       Automotive & Trades fields
       Computer/Electronics/Business fields
       Culinary/Baking/Hospitality Management/Dietetics/Nutrition
       Nursing/Dental/Medical fields
       Photography/Digital Imaging/Animation

Automotive / Trades Schools:
The Apprentice School
4101 Washington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607
(757) 380-3809
All trades are taught. They also have a college athletic program.

Advanced Technology Institute (ATI)
5700 Southern Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(800) 468-1093
Auto Tech & Auto Diesel, HVAC, High Performance, Maritime Welding

Baran Institute of Technology
1289 Blue Hills Ave
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(800) 243-4242
Autobody, Automotive, Diesel
Auto Tech, Diesel Tech, Auto Body Tech

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
P.O. Box 85622
Richmond, VA 23285
(804) 371-3000
Automotive Technology

Lincoln College of Technology
9325 Snowden River Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21045
Auto Tech

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Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC)
1524 Gallatin Rd
Nashville, TN 37206
Auto & Diesel Tech, Repair Collision, High Performance Engines, Performance Fabrication

University of Northwestern Ohio (4 yr Bachelor & 2yr. Associates degree program)
1441 N. Cable Rd.
Lima, Ohio 45805
(419) 998-3120
High Performance Motorsports, Auto, Diesel,
Agriculture Equipment, Alternative Fuels

Ohio Auto Diesel Technical Institute
1374 East 51st St.
Cleveland, OH 44103                                   .
Auto Collision, Auto Tech, Diesel Tech, Small Engine Tech.

Tidewater Community College (TCC)
1428 Cedar Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 822-5028
Auto Technology, Toyota T-Ten program, Daimler Chrysler CAR program

Universal Technical Institute (UTI)
721 Lockhaven Dr.
Houston, TX 77073 & Mooresville, NC (NASCAR Tech Institute) Florida for boats & motorcycles
Auto Tech, Diesel Tech, NASCAR, Motorcycle & Motorboats

Laramie, WY & Blairsville, PA
Auto Technology, Diesel Technology, Collision/Refinishing Technology

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Computer/Electronics/Business Schools:
7914 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA
Medical, Computers, Legal, & Networking

Bryant & Stratton
8141 Hull Street Rd.
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 745-2444
Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Business Mgmt, Paralegal Studies – NOW offer Bachelor Degrees.

DeVry Institute of Technology
Arlington, Chesapeake & Manassas, VA
Accounting, Business Admin, Computer Info Systems, Electronics, Telecommunications Mgmt & Technical Mgmt.

800 Moorefield Park Drive
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 330-5533
Computer programming, Medical Assistant, Electronic
Repair, Computer Admin. Assist., Micro Electronics Chip Training,
Network Admin. Software

ITT Technical Institute
300 Gateway Centre Parkway
Richmond, VA 233235
(804) 330-4992
Electronic Engineering Technology & Information Technology (Associate Degrees)

Lincoln Technical Institute (LTI)
9325 Snowden River Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21045

Strayer University
2820 Waterford Lake Dr.
Midlothian, VA 23112
Computer and business oriented courses for undergraduate degree.

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Culinary/ Baking / Hospitality Management / Nutrition, etc. Schools:
Baltimore International College             Programs: Culinary Management (Baccalaureate)
Commerce Exchange                           Hotel, Restaurant & Catering Mgmt (Baccalaureate)
17 Commerce Street                          Hotel, Motel, Innkeeping Mgmt (Associate)
Baltimore, MD 21202                         Food & Beverage Mgmt (Associate)
(800) 624-9926 x120                         Professional Cooking (Associate)                                 Professional Baking & Pastry (Associate)
                                            Professional Cooking & Baking (Associate)
                                            Culinary Arts (Certificate)

Lincoln Culinary Institute
(Formerly Connecticut Culinary Institute)   Programs: Advanced Culinary,
85 Sigourney St.                            Professional Pastry & Baking
Hartford, CT 06105                          Advance Italian Culinary Arts `
(800) 762- 4337

James Madison University                    Programs: Hospitality & Tourism Management;
Office of Admissions, MSC 0101              Dietetics (Dept of Health Sciences), minor in Nutrition.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-6147

Johnson & Wales University                  Programs: Baking & Pastry Arts (B & A)
801 West Trade Street                       Culinary Arts (B & A*)
Charlotte, NC 28202 `                       Culinary Nutrition (B)
(866)-598-2427)                             Food Marketing (B)
Programs also in Providence, RI;            Food Service Management (B)
Denver. CO.                                 Hospitality Management                                 Food & Beverage Management (A*, 1st yr only)
                                            Culinary Arts Certificate Program*

Pennsylvania Culinary Institute             Programs: Baking & Pastry Arts (Assoc. in Applied Science)
(also known as Le Cordon Bleu)              Culinary Arts (AAS)
717 Liberty Ave.                            Hospitality Management (AAS)
Pittsburgh, PA
(800) 432-2433

The Culinary Institute of America           Programs: Culinary Arts Mgmt (Bachelor of Prof. Studies)
433 Albany Post Rd.                         Baking & Pastry Mgmt (BPS)
Hyde Park, NY 12538                         Culinary Arts (Associate in Occupational Studies)
1-800-CULINARY                              Baking & Pastry Arts (AOS)                             Registered Certificate Program in Baking & Pastry Arts

Stratford University                        Programs: Culinary Arts (Associate in Applied Science)
Tysons Corner Campus                        Hotel and Event Management (Assoc. Applied Sci.)
7777 Leesburg Pike, Lobby North
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 821-8570

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Virginia Tech                                           Programs: Hospitality & Tourism Management
104 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6000

Community College:

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College                  Program: 2 year Culinary Arts in Associate in Applied
P.O. Box 85622                                          Sciences degree with or without additional
Richmond, VA 23285                                      apprenticeship. The apprenticeship is a three-year
(804) 371-3000                                          program while attending Culinary Arts classes.

Other Virginia Universities with dietitian programs: Norfolk University, Radford University, Virginia Tech & Virginia State

Nursing / Dental / Medical / Veterinary Schools:
Jefferson College of Health Sciences                    Programs: BS degrees in: Biomedical Sciences,
920 S. Jefferson Street                                 Emergency Services, Health & Exercise Science
Roanoke, VA 24016                                       Healthcare Mgmt, Nursing, Physician Assistant
888-985-8483                                            Associate degree: Nursing
888-985-8484                                            Applied Associate degree: Paramedic, Fire & EMS                                            Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory

2 year Community Colleges:

John Tyler Community College                            Programs: Nursing (Associate in Applied Science)
Chester Campus                                          Allied Health Preparation (Career Studies Certificate)
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy                               Pharmacy Technician (Career Studies Certificate)
Chester, VA 23831
796-4000                                                Transfer to 4 yr University with AAS in Nursing                                            or by taking the Arts & Sciences (AS) for Transfer/University
                                                        Parallel program.

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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College                 Programs: Dental Laboratory Technology (AAS)
P.O. Box 85622                                         Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS)
Richmond, VA 23285                                     Nursing (AAS)
(804) 371-3000                                         Opticianry (AAS)                                       Respiratory Therapy (AAS)
                                                       Career Studies Certificates: Critical Care; Dental
                                                       Assisting; Emergency Medical Tech: Basic, Cardiac & Paramedic;
                                                       Emergency Nursing; Health Care Tech; Health Records Coding
                                                       Tech; Medication Administration; Ophthalmic Assistant;
                                                       Perioperative Nursing; Pharmacy Technician; Respiratory Therapy;
                                                       Surgical Technology

   Transfer to 4 year University with AS in Nursing, etc. or by taking the Arts & Sciences (AS) for Transfer/University
   Parallel program.

4 year Colleges:

Old Dominion University                        Programs:        Dental Hygiene (BS)
Hampton Boulevard                                               Health Sciences
Norfolk, VA 23529                                               Nursing (BS)
(757) 683-3685

Virginia Commonwealth University               Programs:        Dental Hygiene (BS)
821 W. Franklin St.                                             Dentistry (D)
Richmond, VA 23284                                              Nursing Anesthetist (MS)
828-1222                                                        Nurse Practitioner (MS)                                                     Occupational Therapy (BS & MS)
                                                                Nursing (BS)
                                                                Radiation Sciences (BS)

Nursing: (nursing programs available at more           Therapeutic Recreation:
               schools than listed below)                     Hampton University
       Christopher Newport University                         Longwood College
       Eastern Mennonite University                           Old Dominion University
       George Mason University                                Radford University
       Hampton University                                     Virginia Wesleyan College
       James Madison University
       Liberty University
       Lynchburg College                               Respiratory Therapy:
       Norfolk State University                                College of Health Sciences
       Radford University                                      J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
       Shenandoah University                                   Shenandoah University
       University of Virginia

Physical Therapy:                                      Occupational Therapy:
        Hampton University (Doctoral degree)                  James Madison University
        Marymount University (Master’s degree)                Shenandoah University
        Old Dominion University (Master’s degree)             Virginia Commonwealth University
        Shenandoah University (Master’s degree)               College of Health Sciences

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Speech/Language Pathologist:
       James Madison University (Bachelor’s degree)
       Norfolk University (Bachelor’s degree)
       Old Dominion University (Master’s degree)
       Radford University (Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees)
       Longwood College (Bachelor’s degree)
       University of Virginia (Bachelor’s)

Veterinary Technician/Assistant:
        Blue Ridge Community College
        Northern Virginia Community College
        Virginia State University

       Longwood University
       Virginia Commonwealth University
       Virginia Tech

        Virginia Tech (Master’s & Doctoral degrees)

Hospital based nursing programs:

Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing        Programs: 3-year diploma, RN
8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 1100
Richmond, VA 23227

Southside Regional Medical Ctr.               Programs: School of Nursing: 2 year diploma, w/out pre-reqs, RN.
School of Nursing                                       School of Radiation Sciences: 2-year certificate
801 South Adams Street                                              (Career as a radiographer)
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 862-5800                                Required Liberal Arts courses taken at Richard Bland College

Photography/Digital Imaging/Animation Schools:
2 year Community Colleges:

John Tyler Community College                  Programs: Fine Arts 1 + 3 Transfer Program; Studio & Visual
Chester Campus                                Communications degree; the Arts & Sciences (AS) for
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy                     Transfer/University
Chester, VA 23831

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Art Colleges:

Art Institutes (32 locations)       Programs: 3D Animation, Commercial Photo; Web Design;               Digital Filmmaking & Media; etc.

Full Sail                           Programs: Computer Animation; Digital Arts & Design;
300 University Blvd, Suite 160      Film; Games Development; Entertainment Business, etc.
Winter Park, FL 32792-9862
(800) 226-7625

Hallmark Institute of Photography   Program: 10th month Art, Technology & Business Photo course
P.O. Box 308
Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863-2478

School of Communication Arts        Programs: Digital Filmmaking; Digital Art & Animation -
300 Wakefield Crossing Drive        Special F/X; Digital Media Arts/Internet Arts; Digital Audio
 Raleigh, NC 27614                  Production & Design; Interior Design; etc.
(800) 288-7442

4 year Colleges:

Averett University
420 W. Main St.
Danville, VA 24841
(434) 791-5659

Bridgewater College
402 East College St.
Bridgewater, VA 22812
(540) 828-8000

Virginia Commonwealth University    Programs: Graphic Design; Kinetic Imaging;
821 West Franklin                   Communications Arts; Photography & Film;
Richmond, VA 23284

Savannah College of Art & Design
Savannah, Atlanta & Lacoste, GA
(800) 869-7223
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                                Apprenticeship Programs

CTC Trades Students Affiliation with Associated Builders and Contractors
(ABC) Apprenticeship Program:

Students who have completed a CTC trades class (Electricity, HVAC or Plumbing), have passed
all of the ABC modules, and have worked for one year through the Workplace Transition Program
(WTP) will be considered for the 2nd year of the adult apprenticeship program through Associated
Builders and Contractors.

Associated Builders and Contractors support CTC in the following manner:

    Students must have 80% passing rate of ABC modules in NCCER’s Wheels of Learning
     program in order to interview with member employers.

    Employers attend CTC’s Trades Interview Day and talk with all qualified students. The
     employer follows-up with students they are interested in hiring.

    Students sign a transcript release with NCCER to get a free transcript of modules passed at
     CTC. NCCER Wheels of Learning modules are recognized nationwide and students can
     use the transcript to prove their level of learning so that they do not have to repeat the 1st
     year of the apprenticeship program.

    ABC assists National organization (NCCER) with list of apprenticeship candidates.

    CTC graduates can attend ABC’s Adult Apprenticeship program to continue the 3-4 year
     night time training program to become a Journeyed technician.

    ABC assists National organization (NCCER) with list of apprenticeship candidates.

    CTC Electricity, HVAC & Plumbing completers and high school graduates should talk to
     their employer regarding their attending ABC’s Apprenticeship program. Registration for
     apprenticeship classes occurs in the summer and it is up to the employer to register their
     employees for these classes. It is the employer who pays for the apprenticeship course.

    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) contact is Darlene Hart at 346-4222.

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Virginia’s State Apprenticeship Program:

The following information is from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s
Apprenticeship website at:


Registered Apprenticeship

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship is a "win-win" approach to workforce development that
provides a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction to more than
14,000 apprentices (employees) throughout the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship currently meets the needs of approximately 2,000 Virginia
sponsors (employers) who use custom-designed programs to train their workforce. Employers
provide on-the-job training for their employees in a variety of occupations, ranging from high tech
to highly skilled trades.

Virginia Registered Apprenticeship Employee Information:

Eligibility and Requirements

      As a full-fledged employee of the sponsoring company, a registered apprentice completes a
       minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of
       related classroom instruction for each year of apprenticeship.
      Apprenticeship terms are occupation specific, but the average term is four years.
      Successful completion of the registered Apprenticeship Program earns the apprentice
       nationally recognized state certification as a journeyperson.
      All apprentices are registered through a Department of Labor & Industry apprenticeship

Finding a Program

      Speak with your employer to see if your place of employment is a registered apprenticeship
       sponsor or if there is interest becoming a sponsor.
      If you work for a registered apprenticeship sponsor, have your employer contact a local
       Virginia Department of Labor & Industry apprenticeship representative to register you as an

On-the-Job Training

The apprentice's sponsor provides on-the-job training through qualified journeypersons.

Related Instruction

Related instruction may be provided through your local community college, a vocational and technical center or, in
some instances, at your place of employment.

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For Your Information:

       Check out the State’s website above for the lengthy list of apprenticeship
        opportunities with the state that include: airplane mechanic, cosmetologist, barber,
        computer technician, drafter, electrician, etc.!!

       There is also a site to show what businesses have used apprentices in the past.

       Check with the Apprenticeship department to find out who is currently looking for an

Other Area Apprenticeship Programs:

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC – 4 year program)
     Mrs. Darlene Hart at 346-4222

Central Virginia Electrical Contractors (4 year program):
      Mr. Pat Harmon at Hermitage Technical Center, Phone 756-3020


Local Union 666 – Richmond Electricians’ Joint Apprenticeship Committee (4 year program):
      Mr. Gary Duff, Ashland office, Phone 353-2655,

Local 10 – Plumbers & Steamfitters (5 year program):
      Call Main Office at 231-4233 and ask for apprenticeship office.

   The Chesterfield County public school system does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, disabilities or national
      origin in employment or in its educational programs and activities. More info:

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