We’ve been hard at work with our community partners and are excited to announce that XLR8: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education and will be launching in Fall 2013. See below for the official press release:
“The Virginia Department of Education has approved the application for a new Governor’s STEM Academy in Region 2000 that will launch next fall for the 2013-14 academic year. “XLR8” is the name of the new academy which has been a joint effort by the Region 2000 Technology Council and Future Focus Foundation, Central Virginia Community College, the school divisions of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Lynchburg and area business partners, including AMTI, AREVA, The Babcock and Wilcox Company, Centra and Delta Star.
This Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy in our area will be the sixteenth in the Commonwealth of Virginia, reaching Governor McDonnell’s goal of doubling the number of STEM Academies in the Commonwealth by the end of his administration. Implementation of Governor’s STEM Academies in Virginia began under the Kaine administration in 2007. There are currently 15 approved STEM Academies in Virginia.
XLR8 dovetails with current regional K-12 STEM activities and workforce development initiatives. The goal of this institution will be to help close the gap between education and industry, furthering the economic vitality of this region. More information can be found at www.FutureFocusFoundation.us
This type of STEM Academy differs from the Regional Governor’s School for Science and Technology in the type of curriculum and courses offered. STEM Academy courses will have a career and technical education focus with the curriculum driven by the needs and projected growth of regional industry. Currently the two identified student pathways to be offered at the academy include healthcare technologies and mechatronics; the latter being the blending of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.
XLR8 – Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy will be located at Central Virginia Community College in the AREVA Technology Center, which includes access to lab equipment and classroom space.
“The curriculum will have a dual enrollment element offering college credits,” said Region 2000 Tech Council Director Jonathan Whitt. “This will allow students the option to work toward a college degree. Industry certifications may be developed, allowing for job readiness upon completion of the program. Transfer possibilities for students wishing to continue their education will also be established.”
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Download the press release: here.