Career & Technical Education Transport Programs

Students who participate in CTE transport programs attend all core classes, non-CTE classes, and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and the program school daily, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

All students must apply for admission to CTE programs. Please see the application information link for more information.

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Cosmetology is a transport program with locations at Woodbridge High School and Unity Reed High School. Specific program information including applications can be found through the location links below.

Cosmetology students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the Virginia Board of Registered Professional Hairdressers examination for licensing. Graduates are expected to take the state examination. Students who complete this program successfully and pass their licensure examinations have the skills and knowledge needed for the following entry-level jobs: manicurist, salon receptionist, shampoo technician, and licensed cosmetologist. This two-year program of study begins in eleventh grade and includes:

  • Cosmetology I
  • Cosmetology II

Program Locations 
Unity Reed High School
Ms. Payne and Ms. Switzer, Instructors
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Serves Battlefield, Brentsville District, Hylton, Osbourn Park, and Patriot High Schools 

Woodbridge High School 
Ms. Corry and Ms. Hudson, Instructors 
[email protected] or [email protected]
Serves Colgan, Forest Park, Freedom, Gar-Field, and Potomac High Schools 

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts is a two-year transport program with locations at Potomac High School and Patriot High School (please see location links below for site-specific information).

Culinary Arts prepares students to practice the managerial, production, and service skills used in food establishments and related food industry occupations. Students begin to prepare for occupations in the food service industry, such as chef/cook, baker/pastry chef, and hospitality worker.

Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to plan, select, store, purchase, prepare and serve food and food products; study basic nutrition, sanitation, and food safety; learn the use and care of commercial equipment; and practice the operation of institutional food establishments. Students also have an opportunity to practice serving and dining room management including real-world experiences working cooperatively with various food establishments in the community and local business owners. This two-year program of study begins in eleventh grade and includes:

  • Introduction to Culinary Arts or Nutrition and Wellness (recommended)
  • Culinary Arts I
  • Culinary Arts II

Program Locations 
Patriot High School serves students on the western end of the county, and Potomac High School serves students on the eastern end of the county.

Patriot High School Culinary Arts
Ms. Stevenson, Instructor
[email protected]

Potomac High School Culinary Arts
Mr. Evans and Mr. Iles, Instructors
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Firefighting is a one-year transport program open to rising seniors. Students practice discipline and attention to academic and professional standards to successfully fight live fires, address hazardous-materials (HAZMAT) incidents, and conduct search-and-rescue operations. Students become familiar with the procedures, equipment, and technologies used by fire departments. This course challenges students academically, mentally, and physically, and meets the standards of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001-2013 leading to the opportunity to obtain a Firefighter I certification.

Students take Firefighting I in the fall semester, and Firefighting II in the spring semester.

Program Locations
Unity Reed High School

Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program at Osbourn Park High School is eighteen-month transport program beginning in the senior year that prepares students at the pre-professional level for service disciplines related to medicine, nursing, and allied health careers. Course competencies are based on industry qualifications, certifications, and licensure requirements for that industry.

Courses are available to all students and taught at Osbourn Park High School, local hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Students take Practical Nursing I and II as seniors and complete the program with Practical Nursing III after graduation. Tuition is charged for Practical Nursing III. All Health and Medical Science courses will count toward meeting the one credit practical arts requirement for graduation except Practical Nursing III. The course of study includes:

  • Practical Nursing I (18 weeks)
  • Practical Nursing II (18 weeks)
  • Practical Nursing III

Applications are available online from November 1 - March 15. The application deadline is March 15. The final decision for acceptance into the program will be made by the Admission Committee that meets by May 15.

Program Location
Osbourn Park High School Practical Nursing
Ms. Dean, Director of Nursing
[email protected]