Career Academy Programs

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Competitive Careers in Growing Industries


Northstar Career Academy focuses on careers that are in-demand in the local economy, are projected to grow throughout the next several decades and can offer competitive wages. They are:

Do you like working with computers? Do you want to work in an office? Do you want to assist your coworkers with I.T. or administration support?

Students start their business technology courses in a laboratory-style classroom that feels like a real office space. In this setting, you learn Microsoft Office, troubleshooting pc issues and professional behavior. Then, as you grow, you will transfer your skills to actual environments, such as Performance Food Group, Bizport and Aerotek.

Along the way students try, assess and evaluate what assistive technologies best help them with work-flow management to gain efficiency and independence. Students may also take the Microsoft Word Specialist, Microsoft Excel Specialist and A+ Certificate assessments to help stand out while job hunting.

Successful students are ready to enter the workforce when they are effectively problem-solving, working independently and creating/utilizing accommodations independently.

Do you want to work with your hands? Do you like working with power tools? Do you like making things out of wood and metal? Are you adept at landscaping? Do you want to work on a construction site or as a part of a building maintenance team?

 

Students learn the basics of the construction/maintenance field in a laboratory-style classroom that is a workshop, complete with all the tools and personal protective equipment needed to work on exciting projects. Then, students work at real job sites, including project:homes, Richmond Marriott Hotel and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

 

Along the way students try, assess and evaluate what assistive technologies best help them with work-flow management and gain efficiency and independence. Students may also take the OSHA-10 assessment, to help stand out in the market place.

 

Successful students are ready to enter the workforce when they are effectively problem-solving, working independently and creating/utilizing accommodations independently.

Do you want to work in food service? Do you like preparing food? Even when you have to wash dishes? Do you like serving guests in a restaurant environment?

 

Students learn the basics of the hospitality field in a laboratory-style classroom full of new cooking stations. Then, students work in real businesses, like Noodles and Company, Einstein’s Bagels and Taziki’s.

 

Along the way students try, assess and evaluate what assistive technologies best help them with work-flow management and gain efficiency and independence. Students may also take the ServSafe certification, to help stand out in the market place.

 

Successful students are ready to enter the workforce when they are effectively problem-solving, working independently and creating/utilizing accommodations independently.

Do you want to work with your hands? Would you like to organize and stock supplies? Would you like to be the go-to person to help in a retail environment or a warehouse?

Students spend the bulk of their learning time at real job sites including Walgreens and the YMCA, learning the key components of retail and warehouse environments.

Along the way students try, assess and evaluate what assistive technologies best help them with work-flow management and gain efficiency and independence. Students may also take these credentials, to help stand out in the market place.

  • National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), Conover® Work Readiness – Job Readiness
  • Conover® Work Readiness – Job Seeking, Conover® Work Readiness – Job Keeping
  • Skills USA Employability
  • Microsoft Word Specialist

Successful students are ready to enter the workforce when they are effectively problem-solving, working independently and creating/utilizing accommodations independently.

Do you want to work with animals? Even when you have to clean up after them? Does working in a vet’s office excite you? Or would you like to provide care at a boarding kennel?

 

Students start their veterinary assisting curriculum in our laboratory-style classroom that looks and feels like a real vet’s office. You learn each technique for handling, caring for and managing animals, their paperwork and their owners.

 

Furthering these skills, students grow to execute more difficult animal care routines independently. Students spend their time working with animals in the classroom, as well as in the community, at organizations like The RichmondSPCA, Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K9s (BARK) or Happy Camper Pet Lodge.

 

Along the way students try, assess and evaluate what assistive technologies best help them with work-flow management and gain efficiency and independence. Students may also take the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) certification or earn the Pet Sitters International Certified Professional Pet Sitter designation, to help stand out in the market place.

 

Successful students are ready to enter the workforce when they are effectively problem-solving, working independently and creating/utilizing accommodations independently.

Countdown to Employment Curriculum

Students at Northstar Career Academy are blazing their own trails to employment. Each step in this journey is guided and supported in our proprietary Countdown to Employment curriculum. This curriculum, built off the foundation of collaboration with UVA Child Development and Kluge Rehabilitation Center, provides training, guidance, practice, and support in job seeking and job keeping skills. Each month, our students tackle a new challenge as they set their own goals, practice communication skills, practice team work, rehearse interviewing techniques, and build a repertoire of self-advocacy strategies. Every Friday, students work directly on these skills, each student supporting classmates as each discovers the approach that works best in each individual situation.

Families and other adult allies are key players on the team that treks this journey with these talented young professionals. We offer a variety of training and support options over the course of the year to help families connect with the community resources they need for long-term success.

Extended Day

Our Extended Day program allows parents to enroll their student in an after-school program that provides afternoon nourishment, homework tutoring and social interaction. Parents have the flexibility of enrolling their child on a full-time, part-time or drop-in basis. Students in our Extended Day Program are able to complete their homework and enjoy social time with friends, giving parents “peace of mind” while they are at work and providing families the opportunity to share quality time in the evenings.

Summer Opportunities/Extended School Year


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Each summer, Northstar Career Academy hosts Career Camp. At Career Camp, you can:

• Experience different professions and see which ones are a good fit for you!  

• Grow your workplace social skills.  

• Learn professional skills through hands-on instruction in the classroom and at local worksites. 

• Work on transition goals as a part of approved Extended School Year services.

Want to learn more? Contact Holly Peele at (804) 918-5181 x 101 or hpeele@northstaracademy.net.

Download Career Camp Brochure

Northstar Career Academy Students can demonstrate their skills by earning industry credentials.


48

industry credentials earned in the 2018-2019 school year by Northstar Careers Academy Students.

75%

of students earned at least one credential.