Tech Pathways Kick-Off Event

By Emily Phelan & Bonnie Wannett
September 11, 2019

As part of a regional Tech Talent initiative, FCPS is participating in the launch of a new, innovative website called Tech Pathways. This website will enable students to explore different career paths in technology.

As part of a large initiative in Northern Virginia, Chantilly HS and Chantilly Academy were selected as the location for the official kick-off of what is known as "Tech Pathways" for the Commonwealth.  The initiative aims at making career pathways in IT and Tech more exciting and accessible for students across Northern Virginia.  The event that included guests from other local school districts, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), business leaders, state, and local officials was a fantastic way to highlight the Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Academy courses at Chantilly HS and Academy. 

Governor Northam spoke to students and guests about the importance of finding a career that excites them, but encouraging them to take a look at all the opportunities around them in the STEM and IT fields.  During the discussions, business leaders agreed that students should be given opportunities to enter the workforce earlier.  

As part of the visit, Governor Northam and guests toured both the Chantilly HS Innovation Lab and a handful of the CTE and STEM courses offered through Chantilly Academy and Chantilly HS.  Governor Northam spoke highly of the pathways for students in programming, and data management, and cyber security through our courses.  Several students had the opportunity to take part in the exciting day and showcase their courses and talk about their career interests and goals.  It was a great day for all involved and we are proud of the professionalism of our students from AFJROTC, STEM Engineering, IT, and Entrepreneurship.