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Career Pathways partnership wins award
Heritage High and NN Shipbuilding partnership receives Excellence Award

Pictured from left to right: Ann Ifekwunigwe, Career Pathways Supervisor, Newport News Public Schools; Sherri Thompson, Career Pathways Manager, Newport News Shipbuilding; Toinette Outland, Program Administrator, Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy; Mia Stephens, Business & Information Technology Teacher, Heritage High School; and Chinell Little, Modeling & Simulation Teacher, Heritage High School.

(10/15/2014) -The Governor's STEM Academy at Heritage High School and Newport News Shipbuilding's Career Pathways program have earned the third place Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award from the National Career Pathways Network.

The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award emphasizes the importance of career guidance and advising, and providing work-based learning opportunities for students.

The Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy offers a program of study designed to expand options for students to acquire skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The program combines academic coursework and research experience with a challenging and focused school environment.

Through an extensive partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding's (NNS) Career Pathways program, which provides and staffs an onsite resource center at Heritage High School, students connect with NNS employees in engineering and technology through work-based experiences including job shadowing. Students connect with members of the shipyard leadership team, experience engineering at work through career talks and hands-on career demonstrations and learn the importance of career readiness skills.

"Winning the National Career Pathways Network award proves that a successful partnership between schools and businesses benefits the schools, the businesses, the community and most importantly the students," said Gordon Sproat, Newport News Career Pathways representative. "It is also a tribute to our employee volunteers who bring their unique knowledge, skills and advice to share with the students they interact with at each event."

Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy Program Administrator Toinette Outland added "Our students gain valuable workplace skills and connections through our partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding. Because of their efforts, our students are college and career-ready."

The partnership award was officially recognized during an awards ceremony at the NCPN annual conference October 12-14, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.