Press Releases


2017/2018 School Year

Henrico County Public Schools first ever Career and Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day

Primary Objective:

To celebrate and recognize high school students who will be graduating and completing a CTE concentration who will directly enter the workforce or some form of post-secondary training that is directly connected to developing the workforce such as apprenticeship programs.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Highlight the many lucrative opportunities for students so that parents understand the value of the alternatives to a 4-year college.
  • Encourage businesses to engage with students prior to graduation to help fulfill their workforce needs.
  • Encourage students to continue to strive for excellence as their high school career ends and their future career begins.


Henrico County Public Schools strives to make sure every student graduates from high school either enrolled, enlisted, and/or employed.   We currently recognize students in various ways who are enlisting in the military or transitioning to a 2 or 4-year college.  This recognition will help fuel the perception that students who are moving into the workforce or post-secondary training are not as successful when, in reality, this is far from the truth.  Many students who are entering the workforce directly out of high school will be highly successful with many being more financially secure much earlier in life.  By recognizing the students who will be entering the workforce or post-secondary training, we will be adding value to the career preparation training they have received in high school and validating and quantifying the “value” of the career training through CTE.

Purpose of the event:

Students and industry representatives will sign a “letter of intent” that outlines:

  • What the student must do prior to and during employment to meet the company’s expectations and receive the promised benefits.
  • What the company will provide in terms of compensation and training for the student.
  • Perceived “value” of the opportunity.

Date:  March 28th, 2018

Time:  2:30

Location: Junior Achievement Finance Park

Libbie Mill Library

2100 Libbie Lake East St.

Henrico, VA. 23230

The event:

Students and prospective employers will be publicly signing the letter of intent.   Similar to the “College Athletes Signing Day” there will be a location where media and parents can observe the students who will be signing a letter of intent along with an employer sponsor.  The students will be given a hat or some other form of promotional clothing representing the company, CTE and Henrico County Public Schools.  There will be large screens on each side of the table showing highlights of the “letter of intent” being signed.

Posted 2/28/2018

Students from the ACE centers were finalist (top 3) in 16 events. Out of these 16 contest, there was 1 third place winner, 6 second place winners, and 9 first place winners.

The ACE Center at Hermitage was recognized for 100% membership in Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Computer-Aided Drafting/3D Animation, Graphic Communications, and HVAC. The ACE Center at Highland Springs was recognized for 100% membership in Computer Systems Technology, Cosmetology and Radio Broadcasting.

In addition to the many awards received, Dylan Barth a Computer-Aided Drafting/3D Animation student from the ACE Center at Hermitage, was elected to the Region III Vice-President state officer position.

Good luck to these students as they move forward representing Henrico County at the National SkillsUSA Conference June 19th through June 23rd in Louisville, Kentucky.

During the weekend of May 5th through 7th, over 175 middle and high school technology education students from Henrico County participated in Techosphere, the state Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Hampton, Virginia. What a weekend! Our students and teachers once again showed why Henrico County is leading the way in TSA in Virginia. Highlights from the conference included:

For middle school, students from Henrico schools were finalist (top 10) in 31 of 34 events. Out of these 34 contest, there were 11 third place winners, 10 second place winners, and 13 first place winners. Ritika Allada, a student from Moody Middle School, was awarded the William T. Reed Most Competitive Participant Award. Short Pump Middle School was recognized with the 2nd place Chapter Excellence Award. Short Pump Middle School, along with Holman Middle School, placed 2nd and 3rd respectively earning the Community Service Award. Holman Middle School won the Arvid W. VanDyke Outstanding Middle School Award, and the Holman advisor, Mr. Sam Turner, won the middle school Advisor of the Year Award. Overall, Henrico middle schools placed 1st in the state, winning the Lynn P. Barrier Outstanding School Division Award for middle schools.

For high school, students from Henrico schools were finalist (top 10) in 31 of 38 events. Out of these contests, there were 8 third place winners, 9 second place winners, and 3 first place winners. In Chapter Excellent Awards, Deep Run High School placed 1st. Deep Run also received the 2nd place award for Community Service. Overall, high schools from Henrico County placed 2nd in the state for the Outstanding High School Division.

Three of our schools received Century Awards for having 100 or more members. They were Holman Middle School, Short Pump Middle School, and Deep Run High School.

Billy Batkins, the advisor from Highland Springs High School, won the Advisor Flight Endurance Challenge with a time of 4 minutes and 9 seconds.

For the complete list of event finalist and winners, please visit

In addition to the many awards received, five students from Henrico County were elected to state officer positions:
President Devan Patel Deep Run High School
Reporter Archita Kadam Henrico High School
Historian Hansika Shah Henrico High School
Parliamentarian Nidhi Desai Henrico High School
South Central Region President Maggie Dube Deep Run High School

Good luck to these students as they move forward representing Henrico County at the National TSA Conference June 21th through June25th in Orlando, Florida.

Congratulations to all of the students for their many outstanding accomplishments!

Posted 05/11/2017

FCCLA State Conference- Brookland Results, our chapter of the FCCLA won the prestigious “Chapter Image” Award (only one awarded to a chapter during the entire conference.)

Kary Baylor won the Spirit of FCCLA Award.

McKenna Slough was elected 2017-18 State Vice-President of Community Outreach.

Food Innovations – Adrienne Jones won Bronze.

Focus on Children –  Leslie Moya won Bronze.

Illustrated Talk – Justianni Fields won silver.

Interpersonal Communication – Malasia Cosby, Nyaja Christian, bronze and second place.

Parliamentary Procedure – Haylee Anderson, Tahlia Williamson, Maria Perez, Makayla St. John, Kyla Van-Sprouse, Illiana Cruz won Bronze for their catergory and second place

Nutrition and Wellness – Torren Henely won silver and second place.

Promote and Publicize FCCLA – Amanda Fuisiler won bronze and first place.

Posted 04/26/2017

FBLA State Winners (Godwin High School was the only Henrico County high school to qualify to attend the FBLA National Conference.

Event Place School
State Service Project 5th place – Katie Bailey and Precious Williams Hermitage High School
Website Design 5th place – Doresha Blackwell and Charles Cheatwood Varina High School
Accounting I 1st place – Prachi Sadekar Mills E. Godwin High School
Social Media Challenge 5th place – Isaiah Nelson ACE Center at Hermitage

Posted 04/25/2017

The Advanced Career Education Centers at Hermitage and Highland Springs had many competitors at this year’s HOSA State Leadership Conference in Williamsburg.  The Health Occupations Students of America allows students to show off their knowledge and skills by participating in multiple competitions.  The top three performers in each area are eligible to go to Nationals, which is in Orlando, Florida this year!

HOSA State Winners From ACE Center @ Hermitage

Clinical Specialty- Veterinary Science 2 class
1st- Erin Harris

Sports Medicine- Sports Medicine class

2nd- Madison Gutermuth

CPR/First Aid- EMT class
1st- Alex Woolwine and Jacob Fonner

Emergency Medical Technician- EMT class
3rd- Taylor Rider & Alex Furlong
2nd-  Carson Rubin & David Parrot
1st- Brendan McWalters & Alyssa Morrison

Extemporaneous Health Poster-Veterinary Science 1 class
3rd-  Shayla Pham

Healthcare Photography-Nurse Aide class
2nd- LeAnna Headley

Prepared Speaking-Veterinary Science 1 class
1st-  Kelli Gillespie

Health Career Display- Veterinary Science 1 class
2nd-  Faith Smithers and Nicholas King

From ACE Center @ Highland Springs

Home Health Aide- Nurse Aide class
1st- Omari Revels

Personal Care – Nurse Aide class
1st- Jada Dandridge

The ACE Center at Hermitage’s FBLA Chapter will be participating in the Project Ask Walk/Run. Project Ask provides assistance for children with cancer in the hospital at VCU-MCV. Please feel free to join in with us. Our team’s name is Hermitage ACE. All participants will have to go to the website, register individually, and pay the registration fee. The money received from registration will be used to support the Project Ask children.

Website: (Each participant should register)
Place: The Diamond at the Boulevard

Time: 10:00 a.m. (see note below)
Date: April 22, 2017
Team Name: Hermitage ACE

Registration Fee: Adults 18 & older $30.00
Students $15.00
All fees increase after April 4th

If you are not walking/running and want to participate, our volunteer assignment will be Course Marshall-be sure to select Course Marshall under the Volunteer Section

Check the website for the appropriate arrival time

Governor McAuliffe Announces Grants That Includes the Precision Machining Technology Program At The ACE Center at Hermitage

On Thursday, March 23rd, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $600,000 in competitive grants for high schools and technical centers to upgrade equipment for their career and technical education (CTE) programs. The Precision Machining Technology class located at the ACE Center at Hermitage High School was one of the 16 schools selected for a grant and will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment. Skills gained in operating the older, traditional manual fabrication machines provide the building blocks for the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to operate newer machines.  Because of the application of computer technology in the machining trade, new, more specialized Computer Numerical Control (CNC) based skills are needed at the entry levels. The grant will allow the ACE Center to purchase an industrial grade CNC lathe that will allow students to master skills needed for the 21st manufacturing workforce. Congratulations to Mr. Tim Alvut and the ACE Center at Hermitage for this outstanding accomplishment.

High school technology education students from Henrico County participated in Technosphere

During the weekend of May 6 through 8, over 175 middle and high school technology education students from Henrico County participated in Technosphere, the state Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Richmond, Virginia. What a weekend! Our students and teachers once again showed why Henrico County is leading the way in TSA in Virginia. Highlights of the conference include: Click here to continue reading. 5/16/2016

Henrico County Schools Career and Technical Education:

Glen Allen High School Qualifies for Statewide Economics and Personal Finance Competition. Click here for press release. 3/21/2016

2016 Virginia TSA – South Central Regional Fair Winners

What a great Saturday for Henrico County Schools and TSA! Our students were amazing. In the middle school division, Henrico schools took first place in all 14 events, second place in 12 events, and third place in 13 events, sweeping 12 of 14 contests. In the high school division, Henrico schools took first place in 11 events, second place in 14 events, and third place in 12 events, sweeping eight of 19 events. Our students placed in 18 of 19 events.

This achievement would not have been possible without you. I cannot thank all of you who participated enough, either by having students compete, judging, or being a member of the planning team for all you have done to allow the students to be successful.

For final results, please visit the link below:

Once again, congratulations to all the students and a big thank you to all of the students, and a big thank you to all who participated in the event!

Way to go HOSA!! Henrico County Leading the way at the State Leadership Conference!!

Forty-seven Health & Medical Students from Henrico County Public Schools attended the 36 Annual Health & Medical Occupations Students of America State Leadership Conference from March 11-13, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Click here for PDF. 03/15/2016

We are excited to announce that Henrico County-St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing recently completed a full site review of the Practical Nursing program for continued accreditation. The site reviewers found the program to be in full compliance with all standards set forth by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN is responsible for “specialized accreditation of nursing education programs” and supports recognition of “educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.”

The Practical Nursing program is an example of excellence in Henrico County Public Schools and represents the dedication and commitment of exemplary teachers and staff! I am very proud of each teacher and support staff who continue to strive for student success and uphold the mission and vision of HCPS to be a “leader in educational excellence” and provide students with the “right to achieve and the support to succeed.”

Dr. Kitty Mauch

Health & Medical Education Specialist

Henrico County Public Schools

Coordinator – Henrico County-St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing

ACE Center at Hermitage SkillsUSA District II Winners

3D Visualization and Animation

1st– Zach Oliveri and Christopher Nelson

2nd– Miles Lee and James Au

3rd– Thomas Taylor and Andrew Elliott

Click here to see the entire list (PDF) 02/18/2016

Sandston ES collects, distributes slow cookers to area families:
Henrico, Va., Feb. 17, 2016 – Kim Powell, principal of Sandston Elementary School, is trying to
put hot, nutritious meals within reach of Henrico County residents by collecting and distributing
slow cookers. Forty-two of the all-in-one cooking appliances, along with ingredients for meals,
are going out this week to needy families in eastern Henrico County. Click here to read the entire press release (PDF) 2/18/2016

Name Change for Tech Centers: 
The department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) with Henrico County Public Schools is excited to announce that on January 28th, 2016 the Henrico County School Board voted to change the names of the Highland Springs and Hermitage Technical Centers. Effective immediately the centers will be known as the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs and the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage. Click here to see entire press release (PDF). 1/29/2016

Henrico Now

Henrico CTE Program Prepares Students for Success

Offering area businesses a highly skilled and career-ready workforce is a priority for Henrico, and helping to meet this need by giving local students the training they need for employment is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program administered by Henrico County Public Schools. Click here to continue reading 10/6/2015

Cocke: “VoTech” no more: High-tech jobs, options drive career education

As summer recedes in the rear-view mirror, more than 3,000 students are beginning their senior years at Henrico County schools. Click here to continue reading.

Henrico, Va. August 6, 2015 – Winslow R. Goodier, a Culinary Arts Instructor for Henrico County School’s Career and Technical Education Department at Hermitage Technical Center received the American Culinary Federation’s Presidential Medallion. Click here for press release. 8/6/2015

Teachers, Administrator Win Henrico Schools’ Top Honors. Click here for document. 5/8/15

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Winslow Goodier (Henrico Citizen) Although Winslow Goodier spent years as a chef, and excelled at it, he seems to have found his true calling in his second career: sharing those culinary gifts with young chefs-to-be. Click here for article. 5/7/15

Alpha Dog Club, (ADC), a licensed training provider for the American Red Cross, has offered to provide 10 of the students in your Veterinary Science Program scholarships to the American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR class on March 28, 2015.  Click here for Document 3/25/15

Ben is an App Developer

Ben Leimberger is a freshman at Deep Run High School enrolled in the Center for Information Technology (CIT) program, and he has built his own app. Click here to story on Facebook. Click here for PDF. 3.25/15

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