Henrico County

Education in Racing

Categories: Henrico County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Henrico Schools’ Education in Racing program turns a 71,000-seat NASCAR track in Henrico County into a student laboratory. The program is a joint effort among Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond International Raceway and the Center for Sports Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. The program uses the track facilities to explore the principals of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. More than 1,000 eighth-grade students and their teachers have had the opportunity to participate. The program equips teachers with instruction on the how STEM concepts apply to racing. Students explore the world of NASCAR and how STEM education is applied through hands-on, real-world problem-solving activities. Students learn principles such as coefficient of drag, how tire temperature affects friction, how banking affects the car as well as car-body engineering. Students are able to walk on the RIR track, view its surface and banking and learn the STEM principles behind safety features.

Contact:

Andy Jenks
Director, Communications and Public Relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724


Henrico Ready. Set. Hire.

Categories: Henrico County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Henrico County Public Schools teamed up with the Henrico Business Council to play matchmaker for area students and employers at an in-depth hiring event. “Henrico Ready. Set. Hire.” brought together businesses, students, parents and educators to share information and facilitate hiring and job growth in Henrico County. In the weeks leading up to the event, students worked with HCPS staff members and volunteers on interview skills. At “Henrico Ready. Set. Hire.” students had a chance to use their new skills when they met with local business leaders individually. Representatives of 58 local businesses found out more about students enrolled in the cutting-edge training programs offered by Henrico County Public Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education. Students made valuable business contacts, learned new skills and gained knowledge about what employers are seeking. The program received glowing feedback from business participants about the quality and preparedness of the participating HCPS students.

Contact:

Andy Jenks
Director, Communications and Public Relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724


Teacher Scholars’ Program

Categories: Henrico County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

High school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program, which accepted its first group of participants in 2015, is a homegrown way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The school division is experiencing teacher shortages in math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education, and family and consumer sciences. The students agree to earn a teaching degree or complete an undergraduate degree in one of the content shortage areas. When they graduate from college, HCPS guarantees them a teaching position, along with $5,000. Teacher Scholars agree to teach in Henrico County schools for at least three years and to be placed where they are most needed. Should they leave the school system before three years, they are required to repay the $5,000. Up to 15 high school seniors are selected for the program each year. Participants can opt out of the program at any time during college without penalty.

Contact:

Andy Jenks
Director, Communications and Public Relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724