High School Cadet Program

High School Cadet Program

About the Cadet Program

This two-year, hands-on program is geared toward high school students participating in The Pruden Center, Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center, and New Horizon’s Career and Technical Education Center programs. The Public Works Academy Cadet Program consists of courses teaching the basics of 32 major areas of work within the Department of Public Works and Utilities. Each class is taught by a subject matter expert from that particular area of work. The classes and field trips last approximately two and a half hours and meet once a month. Students are required to complete a paid summer internship program with Public Works or Utilities, or a member organization of the Public Works Academy.

Students that are recommended by their teacher and accepted into this program after an interview process, will be required to meet some basic criteria. 1) Complete an application; 2) Have good attendance; 3) Maintain their Career and Technical course average of a ‘C’ or better; 4) Complete a summer internship; and 5) Display good work ethics. If these conditions are not met, a student will be released from the program.

Upon successful completion students will receive their certificate, which among other benefits, will highlight them as first priority for public works and utilities positions. In most cases, positions will be available immediately after program completion.

“Attending the Public Works Academy has been one of the most rewarding choices in my life for many reasons. One is because in these tough economic times stable employment is very hard to find and by attending the Public Works Academy I have obtained such employment. Another is because I have been exposed to the various jobs that the Public Works Department offers to an individual.”

Joshua Spratley – Graduate of the Pruden Center Cadet Program

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Rose Harrell, City of Virginia Beach, demonstrating how to properly control and slow traffic down to a New Horizons cadet

Scholarships

We are proud to announce the winners of the Hampton Roads Public Works Academy (HRPWA) Scholarships. Our three partner schools, The Pruden Center, New Horizons Regional Educational Center, and Virginia Beach Technical and Career Educational Center are each awarded $2000. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement and community involvement. We are grateful to the APWA for donating the funds for scholarships and appreciate their generosity.

The New Horizons’ HRPWA Scholarship Recipient

Adrian Dillard – HRPWA $2,000
It is with great honor that we would like to congratulate Adrian Dillard for receiving a $2,000 dollar scholarship from HRPWA. The scholarship money was made possible by the American Public Works Academy. Adrian Dillard has completed two-years in the Hampton Roads Public Works Academy Cadet program and was a student in the Electronics/Robotics program at New Horizons Regional Education Center in Hampton, VA. He completed his internship between his junior year and senior year with the City of Hampton Public Works department. Adrian will be interning with them again this year. After completing his summer internship he will be attending college at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he will by studying Electrical Engineering.

The Virginia Beach Technical and Career Educational Center’s HRPWA Scholarship Recipients

Mekayla Rundle has been selected to receive one of the two $1,000.00 scholarships awarded to a VBCPS Tech Ed. Center student who has participated in the two year Hampton Roads Public Works Academy program. Mekayla was an intern for the VB City Dept. of Public Works (Lifestyle division) where she worked as a welder last summer. She has chosen welding as her career and will receive advanced training beginning this August at the Tulsa Welding School in Oklahoma.

Christian Andrejko has been selected to receive one of the two $1,000.00 scholarships awarded to a VBCPS Tech Ed. Center student who has completed the two year Hampton Roads Public Works Academy program. Christian was an intern for the VB City Dept. of Public Utilities last summer. He has not decided on a career choice at this time. Christian will be attending Tidewater Community College this fall, and he plans to transfer to Old Dominion University eventually.


High School Liaisons:

  • The Pruden Center
    Mona Parker
    4169 Pruden Blvd., Suffolk VA 23434
    (757)925-5651
    monaparker@prudencenter.net
  • New Horizons Regional Education Center
    Deborah McHugh
    520 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666
    (757)766-1100 x 9 x 3364
    debbie.mchugh@nhrec.org
  • Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center
    Donna L. Hall
    2925 N. Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
    (757)648-5875
    donna.hall@vbschools.com

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Graduates:

  • Christian Andrejko
  • Rquan Batten
  • Maddison Belcher
  • William Copeland
  • Adrian Dillard
  • Scottinae Hatchett
  • Alex Hensberger
  • Moses Hinton
  • Deantre Hunter
  • Darryl Mickle
  • Shane Donahue-Perucci
  • Mekayla Rundle
  • Benjamin Shapiro
  • Joseph Shematek
  • Dwight Williams

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Graduates:

  • Christian Brito
  • Matthew Carter
  • Matthew Chambers
  • Ronnie Cortes
  • Darcy Finch
  • Julio Gonzalez
  • Bakari Jenkins
  • Shaiheim Johnson
  • Justin Koontz
  • Owen Lawrence
  • Omar Lezcano
  • Jonathan Monahan
  • Reid Morris
  • Howard Odom
  • Kevin Parker
  • Patrick Porto
  • Isaac Smith
  • Tyler Stallings
  • Samuel Turner
  • Justice Williams
  • Joseph Williamson
  • Hannah York

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Graduates:

  • Zachary Ahlin
  • Hassan Anderson
  • Nikolas Battaglia
  • Travis Blizzard
  • Ronald Brooks
  • Richard Fisher
  • Charles Green
  • A’Shon Livingston
  • Jake Loving
  • Haley Oxton
  • Elijah Urquhart
  • Alisha Warmack

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Graduates:

  • Stanton Corcoran
  • Tamara Faircloth
  • Ricardo Hamilton
  • Benjamin Hancock
  • Van Hooker
  • Mark Kluck
  • Jacob Morse
  • Carey Newsome
  • DeShawn Piggee
  • De’Ahzha Williams

Congratulations to our 2012-2013 Graduates:

  • William Babb
  • Lakendra Batten
  • Antonio Blackley
  • Andrew Brown
  • Anthony Brown
  • Hunter Davenport
  • Jacqulyn Faison
  • Brandon Harrison
  • Mark Ramirez
  • Christina Ramos
  • Christian Reese
  • Miguel Roman
  • Delano Smith
  • Brittany Watkins
  • Jalil Williams
  • Ron Williams

Congratulations to our 2011-2012 Graduates:

  • Dakota Ashley
  • Anthony Copeland
  • Chris Guillot
  • Michaelangelo Hooker
  • Christopher Kennedy
  • Julian May
  • Robert Nieberger
  • Chanice Reid
  • Michael Richardson
  • Rakeem Smith
  • Elizabeth Stone
  • Matthieu Sullivan
  • Matthew Thompson

Congratulations to our 2010-2011 Graduates:

  • Michael Davis
  • Melvin Hazelton
  • Michael Johnson
  • Joshua Lamendola
  • Trevor Olton
  • Christopher Patrick
  • Xavier Ruiz
  • Michael Stallard
  • Ricky Wilkins
  • Rolf Zierow

Congratulations to our 2009-2010 Graduates:

  • Corey Critzer
  • Charles Dunlap
  • Alex Harp

Congratulations to our 2008-2009 Graduates:

  • Maxwell Evans
  • Brett James
  • Lamar Steward
  • Darrell Harper

Cadet Course Materials

(Downloadable PDF’s)

Job Safety Materials

News
The industry is experiencing a workforce shortage!
New Horizons Career & Technical Education Center partnered with HRPWA.
Article in the Suffolk News-Herald
Read an article by Robert Forgione
PE
Vice-Chair W4W Committee
Read about the history of HRPWA.
Read the letters that complement our interns!
Special Report
Public Works Magazine Article
April 2007
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