Students will showcase their skills in front of employers at the Career Rodeo Skills Challenge

Henrico, Va., March 3, 2022 — At the first Career Rodeo Skills Challenge in 2020, 426 Henrico County Public Schools students demonstrated their skills at the Richmond Raceway Complex for potential employers. This year’s event will provide a new crop of students the chance to launch their careers, and employers the opportunity to fill critical positions with skilled employees.

The March 16 event will enable students to show what they’ve learned in the school division’s comprehensive career and technical education programs, to form connections and lay the groundwork for employment. Students from HCPS’ Advanced Career Education — or ACE – centers will solve work-based challenges in front of potential employers, who can request resumes and even interview students on the spot. As at a traditional rodeo, participants wear a number on their back as they who their skills, to make it easier for spectators to identify them. After the 2020 event, employers requested resumes and interviews from hundreds of students.

HCPS Career Rodeo Skills Challenge

Who: Members of the media are invited to attend. Employers wishing to attend should register by contacting Beverly Cocke, HCPS workforce and career development specialist, at blcocke@henrico.k12.va.us.
When: March 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Richmond Raceway Complex Exhibition Hall, 600 East Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.


The Career Rodeo Skills Challenge is the second of a three-part annual HCPS series of events designed to connect students and employers. At the fall Life-Ready Expo, employers staff booths where students and families can discuss career possibilities and potential earnings face-to-face. The third installment of the series is the Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day, where students and employers will gather in May to celebrate their new partnerships at signing ceremonies resembling those held for high school athletes. The events are coordinated by HCPS’ Department of Workforce and Career Development.