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

Students demonstrate their skills at the 2022 Career and Technical Education Career Rodeo Skills Challenge. Members of the media are invited to the 2023 edition of the event, which will take place Feb. 23 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

Henrico, Va., Feb. 1, 2023 — Henrico County Public Schools students will demonstrate their skills for potential employers at the 2023 Career and Technical Education Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, to be held Feb. 23 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. 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 event will enable students to show what they’ve learned in the school division’s 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, the HCPS participants will wear numbers as they show off their skills, to make it easier for spectators to identify them. After past editions of the Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, employers requested resumes and interviews from hundreds of students.

HCPS Career and Technical Education 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: Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Richmond Raceway Complex Exhibition Hall, 600 East Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.

The CTE 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 CTE 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 CTE 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.