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STEAM Opportunities for Fairfax County Youth

Build a Career

STEAM skills are used in a diverse array of occupations, including business, trades, the arts, technology and health care, and require varying levels of education and certification.  One in five jobs now requires a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. In Fairfax County, the greatest job growth continues to come largely from STEAM-related professions.

Examples of Career Pathways to High-Demand Jobs

NOVA Workforce has prepared an Information Technology Career Ladder showing suggested career steps, from high school through post-graduate work.

George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis has developed profiles of key middle-skill jobs in the Washington region.

Fairfax County Public Schools provides a broad range of STEAM opportunities and academic opportunities that support pathways to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) jobs and careers. Through Naviance Student Overview, FCPS students can explore their career interests and connect these with their Academic and Career Plan.

FCPS Workforce Development Partnerships places students in work-focused settings where careers connect to schoolwork and they learn the skills necessary for work.

Workforce Certificate and Credential Resources

Many northern Virginia employers are looking to hire job candidates with specialized skills and education to meet the challenges of the rapidly evolving workforce landscape. These specialized skills can be obtained through a variety of credentialing pathways that are usually far less costly for the student than a traditional four-year degree while offering access to high-paying, in-demand jobs.

Fast Forward VA – Virginia’s fast-track program for earning workforce credentials

Northern Virginia Community College – A regional leader in workforce and industry credential programs

  • NOVA Workforce Continuing Education
  • Fast Forward Workforce Credential Programs and Financial Assistance
  • Professional Test Center @ NVCC Woodbridge Campus 
    • Industry certification and licensing exams, as well as prior learning (college credit for life experience) exams

Fairfax County Public Schools –  Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Educators – Virginia Department of Education Career Switcher Program

Virginia CTE Resource Center - Resources for students and educators

Tech Pathways ;} Find your path

Interested in a technology career but aren't sure of your personal strengths? Tech Pathways offers a few simple questions to guide you toward the path that best suits your interests and talents:
Cybersecurity  ⇔  Data Science  ⇔  Programming 





Start your journey today. 

Tech Talent Pipeline

To strengthen the tech talent pipeline across Virginia, the Commonwealth will make investments in public higher education institutions statewide. Starting with K-12 public schools, the plan includes an integrated STEAM and computer science curriculum at every grade for every student. The goal is to produce 25,000 to 35,000 additional degrees in computer science and related fields to fill the high-paying technology jobs that Fairfax County and the state continue to attract.

InNOVAtion lives here. Tech-Talent Pipeline Initiative - publication

InNOVAtion lives here - website

STEAM Learning Ecosystem (U.S. Dept of Education)

STEM Learning Ecosystem
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