Bringing The Future To Light

Virginia Career Education Foundation

Supporting the Virginia CTE System

Virginia Career Education Foundation

Enhancing Virginia's future workforce by connecting viable career and technical programs to job market requirements.

The Virginia Career Education Foundation (VCEF) was built with the kind of governing foundation to assist agencies, communities, industry and education stakeholders and be a contributing member of Virginia‚Äôs economic ecosystem.  VCEF's  has the organization structure, program relevance, and the building blocks  necessary to become an NGO fiscal agent for large and small workforce solutions sponsored through federal, state, local, foundation, corporate or from revenue/asset opportunities developed internal to VCEF.

VCEF is now over 15 years old and ready to leverage change and build on our access to industry curriculum content, learning delivery methodologies, new certifications, new methods for teacher professional development, and program implementation for grant/contract management.

VCEF Board of Directors


Established in 2002 by Governor Mark Warner, the Virginia Career Education Foundation (VCEF, the "Foundation") is a non-profit organization that works to increase the number of qualified applicants available to fill technical positions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dr. Peter Aiken
Vice Chair of the Board
Executive Committee Member

Founding Director
Data Blueprint

Lorne Joseph
Board Secretary & Treasurer
Executive Committee Member

Managing Director

Karl Cureton
Chairman of the Board

Executive Committee Member

Chairman & CEO

Council Exchange Board of Trade
National Minority Technology Council

Bruce Sobczak
Board Director

Principal Consultant
SOBO Associates LLC

Our Partners

Why we exist

About Us

Career and Technical Education links education to viable jobs and career readiness. Every day in Virginia students earn viable workforce certifications that position them to be gainfully employed or better prepared to continue their education with more knowledge of the world of work. The Virginia Career Education Foundation is organized and operates to promote, aid, encourage and connect School Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents, in cooperation with Government and Employers, the advancement of Career and Technical Education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"After almost a year of strategic planning our Foundation has taken a bold move forward. Our digital footprint and new stakeholder partnership initiative will serve to expand the CTE System in Virginia.

Promoting Career and Technical Education is only a part of our mission. VCEF serves to enhance Virginia's future workforce by connecting viable career and technical programs to job market requirements."

Karl Cureton, VCEF Chair



VCEF will engage government, educators, local leaders, advocates, communities, students, parents and industry stakeholders into collaborative discussions to help strengthen educational pathways to the 21st Century Workforce. 

The VCEF Statewide Advisory Council members are appointed by our Board of Directors. (See chart below)

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