The Virginia Beach Technical & Career Education Center (Tech Center, 2925 N Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house reunion on Wednesday, March 29, from 6-8 p.m., for all students and staff both past and present. The Tech Center opened its doors in September 1972 to provide career-training opportunities for students in grades 11 and 12. Over the past 50 years, the Tech Center has maintained focus on career preparation and employability for its students and continues to evolve to meet the demands of the ever-changing workforce. Having served more than 40,000 students, the Tech Center currently has 682 students enrolled in programs for the 2022-23 school year.
The classroom driver education course is offered as part of the Health and Physical Education II curriculum in all high schools. A student must complete driver education to participate in Behind-the-Wheel instruction and receive a driver’s license. Below are the steps necessary for families.
- Students must pass the classroom phase of driver education and receive the DEC-1 card.
- When the student reaches the age of 15 years and 6 months, they can go to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and take the learner's permit test. Learner’s Permit Testing is also offered at some high schools after school hours. Contact the school to inquire.
- When the student has both the DEC-1 card and learner's permit, they may apply and pay for Behind-the-Wheel instruction via the VBCPS WebStore here. The fee for Behind-the-Wheel is $210. Specific dates and times are NOT guaranteed. Be sure to review the registration page fully before paying.
- After the fee has been paid, the parent or guardian will receive an email within 2 business days at the email address listed on the registration. This email will include the link to a form that must be completed in order to schedule the student’s Behind-the-Wheel session.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding teen licensing. If you need additional information on the Driver Education program contact Denise O'Connell, Lead Driver Education Teacher by email or phone at (757) 263-1410.