Special Programs

Please click on the program names below to learn more details about each of the special programs offered at The Pruden Center.

FIRST Governor’s Career and Technical Academy
Hampton Roads Public Works Academy
Microsoft IT Academy
Workforce Investment Act Youth Internship Program


FIRST Governor’s Career and Technical Academy

The FIRST Governor’s Career and Technical Academy offers a program of study that is designed to expand options for students to acquire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) literacy and other critical skills, knowledge and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand, high-wage and high skill careers.

The FIRST Academy program of study will prepare students for a seamless transition to post-secondary education and/or the workforce through:

  • Integration of academics and CTE
  • Monthly focus sessions
  • Enhanced career planning/development
  • Participation in an industry-based Completer Project
  • Participation in work-based learning models
  • Industry credentials opportunities
  • Post-secondary transition agreements



Hampton Roads Public Works Academy

This two-year, hands-on program is geared toward high school students participating in The Pruden Center’s Career and Technical Education Center programs. The Public Works Academy Cadet Program consists of courses teaching the basics of 32 major areas of work within the Department of Public Works and Utilities. Each class is taught by a subject matter expert from that particular area of work. The classes and field trips last approximately two and a half hours and meet once a month. Students are required to complete a paid summer internship program with Public Works or Utilities, or a member organization of the Public Works Academy.

Students who are recommended by their teacher and accepted into this program after an interview process will be required to meet some basic criteria. 1) Complete an application; 2) Have good attendance; 3) Maintain their Career and Technical course average of a ‘C’ or better; 4) Complete a summer internship; and 5) Display good work ethics. If these conditions are not met, a student will be released from the program.

Upon successful completion, students will receive their certificate, which among other benefits will highlight them as first priority for public works and utilities positions. In most cases, positions will be available immediately after program completion.  Additionally, seniors have an opportunity to receive an HRPWA scholarship towards college.

Microsoft IT Academy

The Microsoft IT Academy is a technology education program that provides industry leading IT training and Microsoft certifications to enhance college success, employability, and to encourage life-long learning. The IT Academy programs engages students with innovative courses and learning tools and offers them the technical courses that will prepare them for IT careers after graduation.

“According to an International Data Corporation study, IT employment will rise by 5.8 million jobs in 4 years: and 50% of total employment will be software related; creating 75k new business.”

Workforce Investment Act Youth Internship Program

The Workforce Investment Act’s (WIA) purpose is to provide practical learning experiences through:

  • Career Exploration
  • Post Secondary Education Preparation
  • Dual Enrollment College Credit
  • Paid Internship Activities

The program also promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields and concepts through:

  • Developmental Activities
  • Educational Enrichment
  • Occupational Opportunities

Isle of Wight count and Suffolk Public Schools’ juniors and seniors enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) program at The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology.