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Today's career and technical education (CTE) is very different from what it was just a few years ago. With a new emphasis on STEM, technology, and hands-on career education CTE has become essential for almost every student today in preparing for college and a career. Join Reshawn and Mike as they talk with business leaders, students and parents about how students can best prepare for their futures by getting college and career ready with CTE.
 
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Jeff Covington is the owner of Synergy Technical Services and we talked with him about his company and how he believes that CTE programs are an essential tool in encouraging young people to consider lucrative trade careers. Synergy Technical Services: https://synergytechsvc.com/ Reshawn and I love working to bring you the Henrico CTE Now podcast. W…
 
We visited Cari Tretina, Chief of Staff for Henrico’s County Manager, and had a great talk with her about her experiences in the EMT program at the ACE Center at Hermitage when she was in high school. We also discussed her college and career path that brought her to become Henrico Counties' very first Chief of Staff. It was a great discussion about…
 
Ryan Beck visited us in the studio and talked about his welding career. Ryan is the welder for Henrico County Public Schools and his skills are in high demand. Listen to this interesting podcast and learn about the highly lucrative careers in the welding field. Reshawn and I love working to bring you the Henrico CTE Now podcast. We would love to he…
 
In this episode, we talk with David Mullsteff, CEO/Owner of Tactical Deployment Systems and Cables Plus, both custom copper and fiber cable manufacturing companies. David is a high school graduate who after working for other cable manufacturing companies in his youth, decided to start his own company and ended up starting two. He talks about how ca…
 
In this episode, we spoke with Matthew Haltiner COO, and Keith Dignan Vice President of Thompson Consulting Engineers. Their company specializes in designing schools and other types of long-life structures. Their services include mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire engineering as well as construction administration and building systems commi…
 
In this episode, we visit Bob Beckwith who is one of the owners of Cavalier Fire Protection. He talks with us about how his company is always looking for young people to start with their company and the importance of having a CTE education when starting with Cavalier. They are committed to working with new hires by providing all the available train…
 
Today, Jennifer Boyle talks to us about the work of Junior Achievement, financial literacy and the importance of career exposure, and how JA helps students in Central Virginia with all this and more. We also talked with Adrienne Minock as she describes how Henrico libraries are great resources about area employers, professional resume help, and man…
 
In this episode we have Brian Dail, he talks with us about his career path from a CTE program to graduating from a Henrico high school and working for a few machine shops including the machine shop at Rolls Royce to now working for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. For years now he has been working to bring businesses from all over the…
 
500 ACE Center students showcased their skills to 750 middle schoolers and 250 business and community partners during the 2022 Career Rodeo. Join Reshawn Garnett as he recaps this year's event. Listen to soundbites from various businesses in attendance, as they discuss their industry needs. The Career Rodeo allows students to showcase their skills …
 
In today's podcast, we chatted with Tyson Dickson, Jr., Talent Acquisition Partner, Noel Travis, Safety Manager, and Eric Walters, Area Manager, and they are with Southeast Connections. Southeast Connections, provides a full array of services including pipeline and station construction, maintenance, and emergency response. They talk to us about the…
 
During CTE Month we had an important guest and Henrico CTE partner, Dennis Bickmiere, President of Richmond Raceway. Dennis oversees two NASCAR races a year and untold expos, events, shows, and concerts each year at his facility. Dennis is aware of the importance of a CTE education and talks with us about opportunities with his company for young pe…
 
This episode’s guest is Chad Blalock who is a Building Systems Group Manager with W.M. Jordan Company. They are a construction services company that works in the Virginia/North Carolina area. Chad talks to us about a special charity project that his company and others and Henrico CTE are involved in. He also talks to us about labor issues in the co…
 
In this episode, we are talking to Tyler Butterworth, ACT Field Superintendent, and Nathan Blinn VP of Construction & Strategic Innovation, Eagle Construction of VA Principal Researcher. They talk with us about some exciting new technologies in the construction industry and the impact of attracting young people to the industry. All aspects of the t…
 
We are starting off 2022 with a great episode of Henrico CTE Now. We were able to meet four individuals with Trane Technologies. Now if you were like me, I thought Trane was just an HVAC company. You will find out why they are so much more. Many students today say, when it comes to their careers, they want to do something important. They want to do…
 
In the first episode of our 4th season, we interview Marrie Vargas and Emma Crider, ACE Center EMT graduates who have started a CPR program for Henrico County. It's a great ACE Center Success Story you are going to want to hear about. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico CTE Now. We would love to hear from you. What do you like? Who would you…
 
Have a listen to some clips of our best guests and interviews of 2021. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico CTE Now. We would love to hear from you. What do you like? Who would you like us to interview? Send us an email at mwroberts@henrico.k12.va.us. Also, please tell your friends and family about us and be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE so you …
 
In our latest podcast, we meet Devon Gallagher, Nuclear Engineer with Dominion Power! She talks with us about her attending Freeman High School and her days as a CTE student in our former electronics class years ago as well as what she feels about the importance of a CTE education for students today. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico CTE N…
 
In this episode, we have another great success story! We talk with Robert Isbell, HCPS Mechanical Trades Supervisor, and ACE Center graduate, Ashton Carr. Ashton recently graduated from our ACE Center program, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Plumbing and was recently hired by HCPS Facilities at our Signing Day event. Robert talks about the dut…
 
In our latest episode, Reshawn and I are at this year's College and Career Night at Henrico High School. Students and parents get to meet with college recruiters and local businesses to prepare students for life after high school. Reshawn interviews several area businesses while I talk to parents and students about the many opportunities Henrico Ca…
 
The Life Ready Expo was held on the evening of October 19th, 2021, and was attended by 86 businesses. Over 2000 students and parents came to talk to business representatives at the event. They explored varied careers and listened to advice from the businesses on how students could prepare for their future careers. We interviewed students and parent…
 
In today’s episode, we have an exciting conversation with Charles Tilley and Allison Powel with the architectural firm Quinn Evans. It is exciting for two reasons. One because they are working on the expansion of our two ACE Centers and about the field of architecture. Join us as we learn about the exciting career path of an architect and about wha…
 
Our guest in this episode is Matt Kellam, Military & Recruitment Program Coordinator, Talent Acquisition for Dominion Power. We talk with Matt about the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium’s “Energy Workforce Development Pathways” Virtual Summit happening on October 21st. The energy industry in Virginia, and the country, is evolving rapidly and th…
 
This episode explores the importance of the Hospitality & Tourism industry to Richmond and the state of Virginia. Part of that importance is finding the right people to work in the industry and Mr. Cario talked about the importance of young people starting their careers with Hilton and how Henrico Career and Technical Education helps them. Have a l…
 
In this episode, the Chamber RVA President & CEO, Brian Anderson, and Director of the Department of Workforce & Career Development, Mac Beaton with Henrico County Public Schools discuss the importance of career and technical education and the upcoming Mission Tomorrow event for middle school students in central Virginia this year. Make sure to give…
 
In this episode, we talk with Caitlin Hughes, Customer Success Manager/Instructional Content Specialist, and Beth Smith, Manager of Education Programs with MajorClarity. MajorClarity is an online tool that promotes career exploration and academic planning for students in grades 6-12, meant to promote active student engagement in preparing for futur…
 
In our latest episode Reshawn interviews a recent ACE Center at Highland Springs Carpentry student, Kristian, and Regional Vice-President at the Richmond branch of Branscome Paving Company, Mike Van Sickel. Branscome is a leading paving company based in Northern Virginia. Kristian is a graduate of Douglas Freeman High School and is a mechanics appr…
 
Summertime is usually associated with lots of outdoor activities like swimming. Swimming might be the most popular summertime activity during a hot summer. Every year area pools have to deal with a chronic shortage of certified lifeguards. Two years ago, Henrico CTE partnered with SwimRVA to train our Sports Medicine students to train lifeguards. P…
 
I was on vacation but Reshawn interviews Chief of Operations for Henrico County Schools, Lenny Pritchard. Reshawn talks to Mr. Pritchard about his days as principal of Deep Run High School and the importance CTE programs in our schools and ACE Centers and how they lead directly to students going to college and preparing them for their careers. Make…
 
In our latest episode, we are talking with some great students and their teacher. Aly, Sameer, and Aadi recently won first place at the 2021 FBLA National Leadership Conference. We talk to them about the project they worked together on and how they were able to win with it. We also talk with Jayson about the website he created for the Youth Conserv…
 
In today's episode, we talk with a couple of students who are in our new Career Ambassador program. Daejah & Keertiana talk with us about what it was like to be a part of this new and important program and we are joined by Beverly Cocke, CTE Career Specialist, who was part of the team that put it together. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico…
 
In this episode, we talk to Family And Consumer Sciences Teacher, Mrs. Melinda Preston about her new YouTube show, Kitchen Thyme. In an effort to engage her students who have been working from home because of COVID she started her own cooking show. She talks with us about how it got started and why Career & Technical Education is so important to st…
 
In this episode, we return to Richmond Ford West and talk with service manager Chris Haynie again and two Henrico CTE graduates from the Automotive Technology program at the ACE Center at Hermitage. Both Dillon and Morgan are working at Richmond Ford West as technician apprentices and attending the Ford ASSET program where they can graduate as mast…
 
In this episode, we interviewed the wonderful Kaitlyn Schmidt. We met with Kaitlyn at the ACE Center at Hermitage where she attended the Emergency Medical Technician class. Since she graduated she has worked for a local medical transport company and is now under contract with Henrico County Fire Department. We spoke with her about her time at the A…
 
Today’s guest is Henrico County Public School’s Director of Middle School Education, Deia Champ. When it comes to the discussion of how soon Henrico students should be exposed to Career & Technical Education, Deia Champ has a thought on the subject. This is a great interview about how important it is for students to experience a CTE education. Hop …
 
In this episode, we meet Michelle Blaney, a plumbing apprentice, Payton Ford, BIM Supervisor, Sarah Lambeth, Service Coordinator, and Amber Taylor, IR PSM Coordinator all working at Colonial Web. Their website says they "install, maintain and service mechanical and electrical systems for our communities most important buildings." No matter what the…
 
Join us as we talk with Chef J. Person who owns Person to Person Catering and Walters Kitchen talks about his career path from owning and running his own mobile car wash company. Then working in a restaurant as a sous chef to becoming the executive chef to becoming a multiple business entrepreneur. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico CTE Now…
 
In this episode, we are speaking with first-year teacher at Pocahantas Middle School, Briana Smith about attending Henrico CTE Family and Consumer Science classes and the Early Childhood Education class at the ACE Center. We also talk to her about receiving the First Year Teacher award and how CTE started her on the path to becoming a teacher. We a…
 
Just over a year ago we came to Anton Paar, an international scientific instrument company with a local office in Ashland Virginia, and interviewed Dalton Echard about Anton Paar and their interest in recruiting students for their apprenticeship program. In this interview, we get to meet two recruits from Henrico’s ACE Center High Tech Academy who …
 
I think our best shows are our success stories and Trevor Norton, a graduate of our ACE Center's High Tech Academy has a great story of his career journey. Trevor's journey has already taken him from Virginia to Arizona. Follow along with us as we explore this episode. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico CTE Now. We would love to hear from y…
 
Counselors Kathy S. Ferrell (Hermitage High School) and Tiffany M. Kremsreiter (Henrico High School talk to us about the importance of counselors helping students plan for their future college and careers and so much more. You are going to want to miss this discussion. This is essential information students and parents need to hear. Make sure to gi…
 
We have another exciting episode for you here. Nate Smith completed the ACE Center at Highland Springs Computer Technology class a few years ago and that started him on a tremendous journey that has led him to work for two amazing companies already in his young years! So let's kick off our 3rd season of Henrico CTE Now with his story! Make sure to …
 
If you are looking for ways to pay for college then you will want to listen to our latest episode. The military has more ways to pay for your education than you can imagine. Listen to our guests LTC Forest Black, retired Sergeant Major Keitha Orth, and cadet Brenda Osbourne as we visit with them at Virginia State University and find out that you wi…
 
In today's episode, we again have a great success story of an ACE Center graduate. Brock Covington graduated from our Sports Medicine course at the ACE Center at Hermitage just a few years ago and he has recently opened his own gym called Iron Built Gym. We talk to him and his Sports Medicine teacher, Ms. Bobbie, about his experiences that led to o…
 
This episode guests are Brian Viscuso, Assistant Director, Infrastructure & Operations Henrico County Information Technology, Kevin Poynter, IT Manager for Service Desk Henrico County Information Technology, Zane Schultz, service Desk Henrico County Information Technology. Today we talk about our Computer Technology graduate from our Advanced Caree…
 
We really enjoyed interviewing CPA, Ms. Catina Downey. We talked to her about her career path to become a CPA and start her own business. Her graduation from J.R. Tucker High School, and her participation in the Cooperative Education program at Tucker. We also found out that she has worked very hard to give back to the community and is working to e…
 
Reshawn and I were excited to get to visit the Cobbs Creek Reservoir project site. Cobbs Creek reservoir, when completed, will help supply Henrico County residents with water for the next 50 years. We sat down with three members of the team that have been instrumental in the day to day work to complete such a huge project for Henrico. Michael Woode…
 
In this episode, we visit the Henrico Central Automotive Maintenance (CAM) facility where we talk to Clayton Fuhrman, a recent graduate of our Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center diesel program, Larry Maready, Fleet Manager for CAM, and John Niel, Director of General Services for Henrico County. We had a great interview that included a personal …
 
Reshawn and I had a great interview with Chris Williams at the Henrico Federal Credit Union offices. We talked about his career path to CEO at the Henrico Federal Credit Union and how the credit union is involved with educating students about their finances and their commitment to being involved with the community at large. Make sure to give us a s…
 
We just continue to have great interviews with exceptional people. Karl Fox is our new barbering teacher at the ACE Center at Hermitage. He talks with us about his career and how he came to start teaching and why a CTE education is so important today. We could have stayed with him all day. Don't miss this episode. Make sure to give us a shoutout at…
 
Today's interview is with Monica Smith-Callahan. Varina High School graduate, mother, and deputy county manager for community affairs with Henrico County. She speaks with us about the importance of a CTE education in today's new reality. Students, parents, and business leaders will be interested in this great interview. Make sure to give us a shout…
 
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