What We Do
The Education Secretariat provides guidance to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as well as Virginia’s 16 public colleges and universities, 23 community colleges and five higher education and research centers. We also provide support to seven state-funded arts/cultural institutions.
Working with the Governor, the General Assembly, educators, advocates, communities, students and parents, we aim to eradicate the Achievement Gap, promote great teaching and learning, and help strengthen educational pathways to the new Virginia Economy. We work closely with the SOL Innovation Committee, the Governor’s Sexual Assault Task Force and the School Readiness Committee to ensure positive and rewarding outcomes for every student.
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- Virginia uploads $1 million for cybersecurity scholarships Applications are now being accepted for a $1 million state scholarship fund for students studying cybersecurity.
- Governor McAuliffe announces Workforce Grant Program Gov. McAuliffe recently announced the launch of a new grant program designed to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable.
- Virginia Beach to hold free workshop for parents to learn about gifted programs Virginia Beach parents who want to learn more about the school division’s gifted education services for elementary school students are invited to attend a workshop at Landstown Middle.
- Teachers welcome Highland View Elementary students back on first day Parents held the hands of kindergartners and others snapped cell phone photos of third- and fourth-graders Tuesday -- the first day of school at Highland View Elementary.
- Training for the Future A program to help area students earn credentials for careers in high-tech manufacturing took another step forward.
- Hampton students spend year growing oysters for Elizabeth Lake reef The 20,000 oysters, most of them raised by Hampton students, were planted last week at a protected reef in Elizabeth Lake, the northernmost point of the Hampton River.
- Appomattox Teacher of the Year Katie McCann helps students inside and outside the classroom Appomattox County Public Schools took note of McCann's efforts and honored her as the 2016 Teacher of the Year, just one year after her husband won the same award.
ITT Tech Closure
Governor Terry McAuliffe has launched a new online portal offering students impacted by the recent closure of ITT Technical Institution key information about steps they can take to continue their education at another institution or seek student loan forgiveness. Follow the link here for more information.
Secretary Trent's Back-to-School Message
We’ve heard you loud and clear!
That is why Governor McAuliffe signed the SOL Innovation Committee into law in 2014, a bipartisan group made up of educators, lawmakers, business leaders, parents and advocates selected from across the Commonwealth to implement lasting and substantive changes to the current system.
But there is more work to do!