Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center

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The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center, usually referred to as CATEC, is a public technical education center in Albemarle County jointly administered by Albemarle County and Charlottesville. CATEC provides high school and adult students with academic, career, and technical education programs to prepare for their future. Students may choose to seek employment upon graduation and/or continue their formal education through apprenticeship programs or advanced study in technical institutes, community colleges, and universities.

Adult classes are held in the evenings, and include apprenticeship training, Nurse Aide, and computer classes.


CATEC was founded in 1973 as a jointly owned and operated facility providing technical education to adults 16 years and older in such subjects as Auto Technology, Cosmetology, Masonry, and several others. The school is maintained by a Center Board comprised of three members from both city and county school boards.[1]

Strategic Planning

In the fall of 2013, in an effort to modernize programming, CATEC awarded a strategic plan contract to The Bridge, Ltd, a Charlottesville-based consulting firm[2].

During the December 17, 2013 strategic plan work session, the Board approved a preschool training program feasibility study[3]. On Tuesday, March 19, 2014, the CATEC Board adopted the strategic plan and approved the formation of a steering committee[4]. On Tuesday, May 20, Piedmont Virginia Community College president Frank Friedman said the college would be happy to house a new facility for CATEC[5]. In July 2014, director Adam Hastings announced he would be leaving CATEC to take over as Dean of Business, Mathematics and Technologies at Piedmont Virginia Community College[6].


An anonymous donor gave CATEC a $500,000 gift in March 2015. The money will go towards scholarships. [7]



CATEC is located at 1000 East Rio Road


  1. Web. History, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved June 4, 2012.
  2. Web. Technical education center to be strategically focused on ‘real jobs’, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, December 16, 2013, retrieved December 19, 2013.
  3. Web. CATEC Board approves preschool feasibility study, reacts to strategic plan models, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, December 19, 2013, retrieved December 19, 2013.
  4. Web. CATEC reaches milestone on transformative plan, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, March 19, 2014, retrieved May 11, 2014.
  5. Web. CATEC Board considers new location, programs, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, May 21, 2014, retrieved June 5, 2014.
  6. Web. CATEC director heading to PVCC, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, July 10, 2014, retrieved July 10, 2014.
  7. Web. CATEC Foundation receives $500,000 gift, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 9, 2015, retrieved March 10, 2015.
  8. Web. CATEC director leaving for Albemarle position, Staff reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 13, 2019, retrieved April 13, 2019.

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