Heritage High School

5800 Marshall Avenue     Newport News, VA 23605     Phone: (757) 928-6100     Fax: (757) 247-9058

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Welcome to Heritage High Schools'
College & Career Center

Located i Guidance Office, our College & Career Center contains information and resources on 2- and 4-year colleges, SAT & ACT testing, vocational and technical schools, financial aid, scholarships, and civilian and military careers. 

College & Career Center Staff

Mrs. Senecca Draughon
College & Career Specialist
(757) 928-6100 x.17539

Office Hours - M, Tu, & Thurs 8-2,  Wed 7:30-3:00

Mrs. Erin Nobile
Career Coach
(757) 928-6100 x.17692

Office Hours - Tues-Friday 8:30-2:30

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

What is a Career Coach?


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 educations.  Students can take the assessment on-line at home or i College & 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 & 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

  • MyFuture.com- Figure out what's next! Explore career areas, find a college or trade school, and explore the military.
  • Mapping Your Future - Your journey starts here! Explore careers, prepare for college and learn about financial aid.
  • Know How Virginia - Explore and prepare for careers, particularly those careers that are in high demand and emerging fields.
  • VA Career Clusters - Research occupations and salaries in each of the 16 career clusters.  A career cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. Each includes technical and professional career specialties.
  • Virginia Career View - The Career Search option allows students to learn more about various careers by name or career cluster.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook  - A classic reference that with information on careers from A to Z, compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • O*NET - Tool for career exploration and job analysis.
  • Salary.com - Use the Salary Wizard to view salaries for various job titles.



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 & 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 Resources

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.



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


Thomas Nelson Community College 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. Oftese 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:


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

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

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

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

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!




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