Career coaching began in Virginia in 2005 with 11 coaches. The program has grown to include more than 117 coaches serving in over 172 high schools throughout the state. In 2009, more than 18,000 students were assisted in developing individualized career plans. Empowering young people to make informed decisions regarding their future and to actively map the pathways that meet their goals is the objective of each career coach.

For more information regarding career assessments, visit the Virginia Community College System’s Wizard.

Western Tidewater Service Area

Career coaches work in high schools to assist and motivate students to graduate and enroll in postsecondary education and training for a successful transition to the skilled workforce.

Career coaches can provide assistance in the development of a student’s career pathway plan as well as support in the college application process, including: financial aid, scholarship acquisition, counseling and career assessment, and assistance with dual enrollment.

A career coach can also coordinate career-focused opportunities by sponsoring field trips, in-school career fairs, activities specifically for graduating students, and professional speakers to motivate and encourage students.

Career Coaches and School Assignments

Susan Stubenrauch
Email: sstubenrauch@pdc.edu
Hobbs Suffolk Campus: (757.925.6354)
Windsor High School Telephone: (757.242.6172)
Smithfield High School Telephone: (757.357.3108)
Kings Fork High School: (757.923.5240)
Lakeland High School: (757.923.5790)

Jonathan Watford
Email: jwatford@pdc.edu
Franklin Campus: Room 12I (Friday) (757.569.6040)
Southampton High School (Monday)
Franklin High School (Tuesday)
Nansemond River High School (Wednesday)