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Virginia Career Resource Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the Virginia Career Resource Network is to provide career information to students, career guidance counselors, and teachers.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Virginia’s major industries vary regionally, and include manufacturing, textiles, tourism, high technology and agriculture. Virginia also has large military facilities and shipbuilding, as well as significant employment by the government in D.C. The professional and business services sector provides the most employment, followed closely by retail trade.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 3.0%, as compared to 3.6% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The fifth edition of r u ready Virginia, a magazine that helps students plan for life after high school, was published. The magazine provides opportunities to explore careers, choose the right path, plan for further education and training, and find the right job with the right company. It is published through a partnership between Virginia Business Magazine and the Office of Career and Technical Education Services. Over 100,000 magazines were published and distributed to high school juniors through guidance counselors and directors.

• Virginia maintained and updated the Guide to Career Prospects in Virginia, a publication that provides information on careers that are important to Virginia, along with job analyses, employment statistics, the number of recent graduates in each field and earnings data. Non-traditional occupations were identified.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Virginia has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Facilitating Career Development
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• Virginia Career View
• CRN Web page
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools1173
Middle Schools 304
High Schools 296
Community Colleges 23
4-Year Colleges/Universities 9
Other 186

Primary Resources

Virginia has published the following resources:
• Career Briefs
• Career & Tech Education Admin. Planning Guide
• Career Planning Guide
• Parents Guide
• Poster Promoting Components of VACRN
• “r u ready? Student Magazine
• Ready or Not ( Lesson Plan for r u ready)
• VCRN Bookmarks
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Virginia View
• Weldon Coopers Center

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Contact Person
Elizabeth Russell
Virginia Department of Education
Office of Career and Technical Education Services
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Phone: (804) 225-2847
Fax: (804) 371-2456
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career & Technical Education

Regional Contact Information