Schools, Vocational Training and Workforce Development with a Proven Edge

Located in the “cradle of STEM,” the Newport News Public School system (NNPS) positions local talent for vocational success from a young age and provides a wealth of manpower for regional industries. Though a multitude of forward-thinking initiatives, students thrive and grow to be conscientious, competent workers who are an asset to any business.

NNPS features 16 magnet and specialty programs, including (but not limited to) an Aviation Academy, a Marine Science Magnet and a Health Sciences Academy, with tracks beginning in elementary school. Not only does early exposure allow youth to explore career paths, it also forms extremely qualified students with specialized knowledge. Recently, our students earned a whopping total of 2,500 industry certifications, and our Early Career Program allows high school seniors to put these certifications to use by holding a full-time local job during their second semester. Initiatives that accelerate career and college preparedness are the capstone of NNPS work.

Discover a Wealth of Talent at the Heart of Higher Education

Newport News is also located at the heart of a region with terrific higher education. With Christopher Newport University, William & Mary, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Norfolk State University, Hampton University and more nearby, our City is constantly buzzing with qualified graduates eager to put their skills to work. Local high schoolers have the ability to jump-start their degrees through dual-enrollment at Virginia Peninsula Community College or Norfolk State, or through the Early College program, which allows for high school seniors to attend Virginia Peninsula Community College for the entirety of their second semester.

Choose Newport News, Choose a Superior Labor Pool

The abundance of Newport News’ driven, diverse and heavily skilled local talent eliminates the need to recruit workers from far and wide. Situated in the middle of a STEM-focused haven with high-ranking public schools and a wealth of colleges and universities, our City’s pool of eager and employable learners is a secret resource just waiting for your business to discover.


magnet and specialty programs


industry certifications earned by our students