Explore Peninsula

Explore Peninsula – A Leadership Development Series for School Teachers and Counselors

Currently planning our 2018 schedule…Stay tuned!

Contact Sharnya Smith ssmith@pcfwd.org or call her at 757-826-3327 for more information

The 2016-2017 schedule and industry exposure focused on the following:

  • Arts, Audio Visual Technology Communications and Hospitality and Tourism
  • Law & Public Safety
  • Construction
  • STEM Careers of the Future
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Distribution

 These professional development days are packed full of resources, speakers, hands-on exhibits, and industry exposure so that today’s teachers and counselors can be fully prepared to prepare tomorrow’s generation of future industry leaders.  To find out more about this amazing Peninsula Council for Workforce Development program please contact Sharnya Smith at 757-826-3327 or ssmith@pcfwd.org.


Thank you to our 2016-2017 Hampton City Schools educational partners, and our business and industry partners from:  W. M. Jordan, New Horizons Regional Education Center, Embassy Suites, CinéBistro, Slaughter Music, LLC, Hampton Police Department Forensic Science Unit, ECPI University, FBI Outreach partners, Old Dominion Peninsula Center, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Peninsula Worklink, Army and Airforce Exchange Services (AAFES), Goodwill, and Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC).


“It was great to learn directly from area business leaders about the expectations and concerns they have regarding our students as prospective employees. For me, it reinforced the need to maintain high expectations and gave me relatable examples to share with students so they better understand our expectations are based on what they need for their future success, not just arbitrary rules.”

-Julie Back


“I thought the activity was very well planned. The staff at the Cine Bistro and the Embassy Suites/Hampton Convention Center were very friendly and informative and gave great insight into the employment needs and skill sets necessary for success in their respective industries.”

Kathy Elliott, NBCT, M.Ed.