ESCC and Accomack Public Schools Collaborate at VATIE Conference


Teresa Guy, ESCC Career Pathways Program Coordinator, collaborated last week with Curtis Taylor, Building Trades Instructor at Badger Technical Center South at Nandua High School, at the Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Educators (VATIE) Conference in Norfolk.

Guy and Taylor co-presented on the topic of linking secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE).  Efforts highlighted during the presentation included “Career Night Out” and “Women in Technology” programs that are held annually at ESCC, in addition to working with guidance departments, CTE teachers and students, career planning, college applications, financial aid, field trips to ESCC, TCC, and local employers, facilitating work-based learning, programs of study, and training and utilizing high school career coaches.

Curtis Taylor is the current president of VATIE, which has the mission of promoting the highest standard of professionalism among its members, bridging the gap between trade and industrial education and business and industry.  The Association also promotes the highest level of competence in trade and industrial students, making them life-long learners with employable technical skills.  VATIE supports and promotes SkillsUSA Virginia. (

The 2017 VATIE Summer Professional Development Conference took place July 22-31, 2017, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriot in Norfolk.



Curtis Taylor and Teresa Guy