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1,400 HCS high school freshmen explore careers during the annual My Future, My Journey Career Exploratory Program

High school freshmen from all four high schools had the opportunity to explore careers during the My Future, My Journey Career Exploratory Program held on October 4, 2023, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The event is designed to expose students to a world of opportunity awaiting each of them after high school. This annual career expo showcases employers and industries aligned with the Academies of Hampton career clusters and pathways. 

The expo affords students the opportunity to explore hands-on demonstrations to help develop a greater understanding of the best course of study and skills needed to advance their career goals. Students spoke with local industry leaders and employers to inquire about career interests and new possibilities of local job opportunities they might not have known existed. As students begin to select their high school Career Academy Choices starting November 6, 2023, the goal is to provide career and educational resources for them. 

Approximately 1,400 students engaged with 95 vendors, including businesses, community partners, the 16 Academies of Hampton, and various Hampton City Schools departments.

A special thank you to everyone who joined us to make this event successful. 

Businesses and community partners who participated include:

Academy of Architecture, Environment and Engineering

Academy of Cyber Security, Engineering, and Robotic #1 

Academy of Cyber Security, Engineering, and Robotic #2 

Academy of Digital Video Production

Academy of Entrepreneurship & Information Design

Academy of Health, Human, and Financial Services Academy 

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (ADUMA-KELLY)

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (Chef Walker) 

Academy of Law & Public Safety 

Academy of Media Arts and Design

Academy of Teaching Education and Learning

Academy of Technology and Engineering/HCS

Academy of the College Experience

Academy of Transportation, Analytics, Information & Logistics

Alternatives World Changers Leadership Team

Asher Institute

BayPort Credit Union

Black Brand

Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University- Social Work

City of Hampton Animal Response Team

City of Hampton Economic Development

City of Hampton Public Works

City of Hampton- Human Resources

City of Newport News Human Resources

Collins Machine Works

Colonial Virginia Council - Boy Scouts of America

Community Knights, Inc.

Concerned Adults Teaching Children Hope, LLC

Craft and Technical Solutions, LLC

ECPI University

Family Restoration Services - CATH

FamMat Services, LLC

Flying Classroom

Food Lion


Governor's Health Science Academy

Hampton 4-H Youth Development Program

Hampton City Schools

Hampton Commonwealth's Attorney Office and Victim Services Unit

Hampton Fire & Rescue

Hampton PEG TV

Hampton Police Department 

Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union

Hampton Roads Regional Jail 

Hampton Roads Transit 

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Hampton Sheriff's Office

Hampton Youth Commission 

Healthy Families

Holloway Experience Real Estate

International Baccalaureate®

James City County Police Department

Kappa Alpha Psi

Mindset Life Coaching LLC

Musiq Tech

New Horizons CTE #1 Culinary

New Horizons CTE #2 Cosmetology

New Horizons CTE #3 Welding

New Horizons CTE #4 Construction

New Horizons CTE #5 Veterinary Science

New Horizons CTE #6 Dental

New Horizons CTE #7 PT/OT

New Horizons CTE #8 Criminal Justice, Fire Science

Newport News Fire Department

Old Dominion University - Batten College of Engineering and Technology

Old Dominion University - Health Sciences 

On Stage Performing Arts Academy

REA-D Employment Agency LLC


The Apprentice School 

The Center For Sexual Assault Survivors

The Hickmann Brand LLC

The Mariners' Museum and Park


United & Empowered Care, Inc.

VDOT - Hampton Roads District

Virginia Beach Police Department 

Virginia Cooperative Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources

Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC)

Virginia Peninsula Community College #1 

Virginia Peninsula Community College #2

Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Virginia Ship Repair Association Maritime Academy at Hampton High School

Virginia Space Grant Consortium

VPCC Workforce Development

Warwick Mechanical Group

Youth Justice Diversion program 

Youth Sailing Virginia, Inc.