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.
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,
(757) 928-6100 x.17692
Office Hours: Tue-Fri, 8:30am-2:30pm
Office hours may vary. Students are encouraged to make an appointment.
Planning for College
- ACT Test Information
- SAT College Boards
- College Virtual Tours
- Federal Student Guide
- USNews College Ranking
- College View
- Test Taking Strategies
- Mind Tools Memory Techniques
College Admissions Timeline
- 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
- Petersons.com - Find the school that's right for you. College information and admissions advice.
- Princeton Review - Search schools and majors. View college rankings.
- College Board - Step by step advice and interactive tools for college planning. Explore majors.
- Virginia Public Four-Year, Two-Year and Community Colleges
- Virginia Private Institutions
- Virginia Community College Guaranteed Transfer Agreements
- Richard Bland Junior College Transfer Agreements
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.
- FAFSA- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (grants, loans, and work study funds) for college or career school.
- FAFSA Pin Registration - Students and a parent should each register for a PIN to complete the FAFSA on-line.
- Financial Aid Tutorial- On-line tutorial on how to complete the FAFSA offered through the Virginia Wizard.
- Monthly Scholarship Bulletin
Planning for a Career
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.
- Virginia Mentor
- What Can I Do with a Major In?
- Virginia Employment Commission
- Peninsula Workforce Development Center
- 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.
Apprenticeships and Vocational Training
Thomas Nelson Community College Apprenticeships - TNCC offers apprenticeship programs in different occupations. Current Apprenticeship programs include:
- Alcoa Howmet Casting Multi-Craft Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Program
- Newport News Shipbuilding Entering Class Profile
- Liebherr Mining Apprenticeship
- Office of Human Affairs, City of Newport News
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
- 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!