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. Details and applications vary by program. Please see the school program website for more information.

Cosmetology

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.

The cosmetology program is designed to 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. The two-year program of study includes:

  • Cosmetology I
  • Cosmetology II
  • Program Locations 
    Unity Reed High School
    Ms. Payne and Ms. Switzer, Instructors
    switzemh@pwcs.edu or payneed@pwcs.edu
    703.365.2900
    Serves Battlefield, Brentsville District, Hylton, Osbourn Park, and Patriot High Schools 

    Woodbridge High School 
    Ms. Corry and Ms. Hudson, Instructors 
    corryca@pwcs.edu or hudsoncn@pwcs.edu
    703.497.8000
    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 beginning in the 11th grade. 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. The course of study includes:

    • Introduction to Culinary Arts
    • 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
    703.594.3020
    steveneb@pwcs.edu

    Potomac High School Culinary Arts
    Mr. Evans and Mr. Iles, Instructors
    703.441.4200
    evansrj@pwcs.edu or ilesdt@pwcs.edu

    Firefighting

    Firefighting 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.

    Program Location

    Osbourn Park High School
    703.365.6500

    Unity Reed High School
    703.365.2900

    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 on-line December 1 - March 15. 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
    deantx@pwcs.edu
    571.598.3907