Governor McDonnell recognizes XLR8: Lynchburg Regional STEM Academy

Governor McDonnell recognizes XLR8: Lynchburg Regional STEM Academy

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently recognized the Virginia Board of Education’s approval of XLR8: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy as a fulfillment of his goal to double the number of Governor’s STEM Academies statewide. See below for the official press release from the Governor’s office or view it at: Virginia.gov.

Board of Education Meets Governor McDonnell’s Goal of Doubling the Number of Governor’s STEM Academies
– Lynchburg-Area Academy to Offer Engineering, Technology and Health Sciences –

RICHMOND –The Virginia Board of Education today approved a proposal from five Lynchburg-area school divisions to establish the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (subjects known collectively as “STEM”). The state board’s action fulfills Governor Bob McDonnell’s promise to double the number of regional STEM programs during his term. There were eight Governor’s STEM Academies when McDonnell was inaugurated in January 2010.

“The commonwealth’s future economic competitiveness will depend in large measure on our ability to increase the number of Virginians with high-demand degrees in the STEM disciplines,” McDonnell said. “Governor’s STEM Academies prepare young people for career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that reflect future regional workforce needs.”

“It is imperative that we open opportunities to our children now for the STEM jobs of the 21st century,” said Secretary of Education Laura Fornash. “This program, and others like it, represents the continued effort to build on our long history of a world-class education system and help to ensure that our students are well-trained for the skills and information they need to be successful.”

The Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy – to be located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College – will offer academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, technology and health science diagnostic services. The academy is scheduled to open in fall 2013 with a projected enrollment of approximately 100 juniors and seniors from Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County and Lynchburg.

The first six Governor’s STEM Academies were approved in January 2008. The complete list of academies is as follows:

  • Halifax County – Governor’s Career and Technical Academy of Renewable Resources and Agriculture
  • Hampton – Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering
  • Arlington County – Governor’s Career and Technical Academy in Arlington
  • Suffolk – FIRST: Fostering Innovation and Relevance through STEM and Trades
  • Russell County – STEM for LIFE (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Life-Long Initiatives and Future Education
  • Stafford County – Stafford Academy for Technology
  • Loudoun County – Loudoun Governor’s Career and Technical Academy
  • Chesterfield County – Governor’s Career and Technical Academy for Engineering Studies
  • Richmond – Governor’s Career and Technical Education Academy for STEM in Richmond
  • Carroll County – Blue Ridge Crossroads Governor’s Academy for Technical Education
  • Virginia Beach – Governor’s STEM Academy for Engineering, Marketing and Information Technology Studies
  • Chesapeake – Grassfield High School Governor’s STEM Academy
  • Fairfax County – New Commonwealth Governor’s STEM Academy at Chantilly High School (opening 2013-2014)
  • Roanoke County – Governor’s STEM Academy at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology
  • New Kent County – Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy
  • Lynchburg – Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy (opening 2013-2014)

“My board colleagues and I are delighted to double the number of these innovative regional programs well before the end of Governor McDonnell’s term,” Board of Education President David M. Foster said. “I congratulate the school divisions and their many private- and public-sector partners who responded to the governor’s challenge by designing excellent STEM programs for the board’s consideration.”

Governor’s STEM Academies are designed to expand options for students to acquire literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while earning industry credentials required for high-demand, high-wage and high-skill careers. Each academy represents a partnership among school divisions, post-secondary institutions, business and industry. The Virginia Department of Education provides $5,000 start-up grants to Board of Education-approved academies.

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