College and Career Center

Located in the Guidance Office, our College & Career Center contains information and resources on two- and four-year colleges, SAT and ACT testing, vocational and technical schools, financial aid, scholarships, and civilian and military careers.

Professional School Counselor and Graduation Coach Directory

Mrs. Senecca Draughon, College and Career Specialist
(757) 928-6100 x.17539
Office Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, 8am-2pm; Wed 7:30am-3pm

Mrs. Erin Nobile, Career Coach
(757) 928-6100 x.17692
Office Hours: Tue-Fri, 8:30am-2:30pm

Office hours may vary. Students are encouraged to make an appointment.

Heritage High School Career Center

Additional information, procedures, and applications may be found in the Guidance Office. Scholarships are filed alphabetically by name. Do not wait until scholarship deadline to request transcript; five (5) working days must be allowed for processing of transcripts.

Current Scholarship Bulletin

Planning for College

College Admissions Timeline

Planning Resources

  • Virginia Education Wizard - Free college planning tool. Includes career assessment, college search, college cost calculator, transfer planner and more!
  • I am the One! - Provides quick links to information about Virginia colleges, the SAT and ACT, and financial aid; also includes a helpful parent checklist.
  • First i Family - Resources to help first generation college students.
  • KnowHow2Go - Take the quiz to find out what you know about going to college; steps to apply to college.

Choosing a College

College Athletics

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Starting in January of their senior year, students and parents should begin completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if they plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college, vocational or technical school i fall. Applying for financial aid is free! If you are asked to pay money, you are on the wrong website! Remember to check the priority deadline for each college in which you are applying. These deadlines are important and can impact how much aid you are eligible to receive.

Planning for a Career

Career Assessments

The following career assessments are offered to Heritage High School students at no cost. It is strongly recommended that students make an appointment with Mrs. Nobile, the Career Coach, to discuss results from any assessment!

  • Virginia Education Wizard - Students can take interest, skills, and values assessments. The Wizard contains a number of tools to help users explore careers, plan education, pay for college and much more. There are also Parent Resources available to assist parents with planning for their children's education. Students can take the assessment on-line at home or in the College and Career Center.

  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program - This is a comprehensive career planning program that includes a multiple-aptitude test battery, an interest inventory, and various career planning tools. This assessment measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success i military. The ASVAB is offered at Heritage High School each year; contact Mrs. Draughon, the College and Career Specialist for more information.

  • Dream It Do It Virginia - Create a free on-line account to learn about yourself, the employment options available to you, and the training that will prepare you. This career resource was built by Virginia's advanced technology sector to help you learn more about exciting fields and future employment.

Career Exploration

Apprenticeships and Vocational Training

Apprenticeship Programs

Thomas Nelson Community College Apprenticeships - TNCC offers apprenticeship programs in different occupations. Current Apprenticeship programs include:

New Horizons Center for Apprenticeship and Adult Training - Provides Apprenticeship related instruction for the VA Community College System and works closely with the Department of Labor.

BAE Systems Apprenticeship  - Ship Repair, Norfolk, VA

Workforce Development Programs

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Workforce Development Programs - Quality training specifically designed to meet the changing technical requirements for today's jobs. Opportunities include accelerated workforce training, certification programs, and on-line classes. Often programs can be completed in as little as a few weeks or months depending o program. (Please note: Workforce Development Programs are not eligible for Federal Student Aid.) Programs include:

TNCC Workforce Development Healthcare Programs  - Earning your certificate is the first step to finding a rewarding career in the medical field! Programs include:

  • EKG Technician
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Hand-on Caregiver Class
  • Medication Aide
  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Nurse-Aid
  • Medical Coding and Billing Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Personal Fitness Trainer

Continuing Education - More than 400 courses offered including Healthcare and Computer, Green Programs, Tradesmen and Manufacturing, and Transportation.

Career Readiness Certificate - Assessment-based credential valued by 60+ area quality employers.

New Horizons Center for Apprenticeship and Adult Training - Includes training for Automotive Mechanic, Carpenter, Electrician, HVAC Mechanic, Machinist, Welder and more! Check out their course catalog!