Newport News

Newport News Apprenticeship Program Boosts Workforce Talent

Categories: Newport News, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The NNPS Apprenticeship Program was developed to help support staff hone their workplace skills and enhance leadership and career-advancement opportunities while building job satisfaction and reducing employee turnover. The program also shows staff the impact of their jobs on students and how their work can improve the learning environment. Through this initiative, employees in Child Nutrition, Custodial, Transportation and Clerical positions are eligible for registered apprenticeship programs approved by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. The NNPS program consists of 288 hours of classroom work and over 2,000 hours of on-the-job training in partnership with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and Thomas Nelson Community College. Participants receive continuing education unit credits and the opportunity for promotions. The program has tapped the career-building aspirations of many employees and, based on the extremely positive reception, there are plans to expand it to other career fields.

Contact:

Leslie Marble
Human Resources Supervisor II
leslie.marble@nn.k12.va.us
757-881-5061 ext. 11104


Newport News Students Build Career Opportunities Over Breakfast

Categories: Newport News, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Career Pathways Breakfast with A Professional series provides opportunities for Newport News Public Schools students to engage in conversations with professionals who represent careers the students may be interested in pursuing. Students prepare questions to ask professionals, and over the course of an hour the participants eat and talk -- in much the same way as they would at a professional networking event. Students learn valuable information from the career professionals about educational requirements, day-to-day expectations of the position, potential earnings, as well as career readiness skills important for success in the field. There is no charge for the students or the professionals to participate. Since it began, the breakfast series has connected thousands of students from across Newport News Public Schools with hundreds of professionals from our community.

Contact:

Dr. Ann Ifekwunigwe
Program Administrator, College, Career and Citizen Readiness
ann.ifekwunigwe@nn.k12.va.us
757-283-7850 x10526


Virginia STAR (Student Training and Refurbishment) Program

Categories: Newport News, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy currently participates in the Virginia STAR (Student Training and Refurbishment) program. As a result of participating in this program, students have been exposed to career pathways in Network Systems and Information Support Services. Students have also obtained meaningful, real-life, hands-on experiences in their career pathway. Some of the achievements since the program was started in 2014 include: 1. Increase in the number of students enrolling in the Computer Systems Technology strand by 20%. 2. Greater program awareness resulting in donations from various organizations. 3. Thirteen students were hired by Newport News Public Schools as summer tech interns. 4. Media exposure and a visit from the State Secretary of Education and State STEM Director. 5. 50 desktops and 5 laptops have been refurbished as of today. 6. Giving approximately 20 families the gift of technology in the home!

Contact:

Toinette Outland
Program Administrator, Heritage HS
Governor's STEM Academy
toinette.outland@nn.k12.va.us
757-928-6100 ext. 17567