Academy for Advanced Technical Careers

Newport News Shipbuilding in Collaboration with
ATC Academy “Good Life Solution” 

Click on link – Newport News Shipbuilding’s Website Video Page

Media Release:  1st Annual ATC Academy “Signing Day”

Over 66 New Horizons Career and Technical Education High School Seniors, enrolled in the automotive, construction and manufacturing programs, announced their 1st Job Picks at the May 14 “Signing Day” at the NHREC Butler Farm Campus. These graduating seniors will have a unique experience that allows them to gain full-time employment upon graduating high school.

Click on link for “Signing Day” coverage – Channel 13 News Coverage
Click on link NHREC Facebook Page for more coverage of the days events.


Employer driven partnership training high school juniors and seniors for careers in automotive, construction, and manufacturing. These three career clusters were selected for the academy due to the skill transference between occupations within each career cluster i.e. schematics, math/measurement, computer technology, technical writing, work ethic, safety, following instructions, problem solving, critical thinking, mechanical aptitude, business concepts, quality control.

Brochure – Outside – Inside


Academy Business Industry Council

The Academy Business Industry Council is comprised of 12 voting members, 4 from each industry cluster, along with a student, parent and divisional counseling director that are governed by the following bylaws.


Suttle Motors - Horizontal w tagline and bike            


WM Jordan         Walsh Elec        Criner Remodeling            Warwick Mechanical Grp


NNShipbuilding         Liebherr             Continetial Automotive            Canon

Course Descriptions

Automotive Technology I & II

Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing

Building Construction

Electricity and Renewable Energy




ATC Course Descriptions PDF

Student Profile

The Student profile outlines the criteria for students to participate in the Academy for Technical Careers

Carpentry 2  Welding a Rod    


The Academy for Advanced Technical Careers is now accepting applications from 10th and 11th graders for the 2019-2020 school year. The Application-for-Enrollment-2020 is available for download or is found in the high school guidance office.

York County High School students may apply for programs at New Horizons Academy for Advanced Technical Careers using an online application process. Students and parents interested in this option should contact their home school counselor or Virginia Price at (757)766-1100 ext. 3307 or for more information.

Academy Design Components

Employer Driven Partnership – Employer management structure reporting its recommendations to Executive Director, Superintendents and the NHREC Board of Trustees (involved in the decision making process – curriculum, hiring teachers, budgets, etc.)

Academy Outcomes – Focus on employment and a one year job retention, or transition to related postsecondary academic/technical training.

Employment Connection – Liaison Employment Coordinator assist in matching students to job demands, transition to employment and follow-up assistance for employment retention.

Post-secondary Connection – Career coach to assist students with the search, application and transition process to colleges, apprenticeship, and technical schools.

Training Programs – develop and align training program offerings with industry workforce demand for high skill, high wage employment.

Work Experiences – Emphasis of Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning to expose students to the work world.

Employer/Student engagement through interviews, instruction, internships, apprenticeships, work experiences.

Instruction provided through Project Based Learning with the integration and application of technical training, technical math, language arts, technology, and career coaching.

Completer Options that cut across Academy cluster areas – i.e. automotive/mechatronics, Carpentry/HVAC, robotics/electrical.

Marketing of technical careers to student, parents, and counselors regarding the local businesses involved and job opportunities (versus marketing NHREC – the training vehicle)

Academy Business Industry Measures

  • 85% of NHREC grads meet employer HR entry/application requirements
  • A higher # of employers hire/retain NHREC grads (one year)
  • 75% employer express satisfaction with readiness of grads
  • Employers recognize a 50% reduction in OJT with NHREC grads
  • 90% of NHREC grads earn an industry certification or credential valued by employers
  • 100% of NHREC grads pass VA work-readiness assessment