Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy
Formerly known as The Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE)
Project Lead: New Horizons Regional Education Centers (NHREC)
Program Focus: The program will focus on electrical and mechanical engineering with instruction provided at high schools in participating school divisions, online and at Thomas Nelson Community College.
Partners: New Horizons Regional Education Centers (NHREC); Greater Peninsula Public School Divisions: Gloucester County; Hampton City; Newport News City; Poquoson City; Williamsburg-James City County; York County; Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC); Old Dominion University (ODU); ECPI; Canon; Virginia Space Grant Consortium; Newport News Shipbuilding; The Apprenticeship School of Newport News Shipbuilding; Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME); Peninsula Council for Workforce Development; and Peninsula Workforce Investment Board.
Academy Website: Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy
Application: Board Of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: New Horizons Regional Education Centers (NHREC); Greater Peninsula Public School Divisions: Gloucester County; Hampton City; Newport News City; Poquoson City; Williamsburg-James City County; York County; Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC); Old Dominion University (ODU); ECPI; Canon; Virginia Space Grant Consortium; Newport News Shipbuilding; The Apprenticeship School of Newport News Shipbuilding; Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME); Peninsula Council for Workforce Development; and Peninsula Workforce Investment Board.
Lead Entity: New Horizons Regional Education Centers (NHREC)
Fiscal Agent: Hampton City Public Schools
Mr. J. Joseph Johnson, Executive Director
New Horizons Regional Education Centers
520 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
Number of Students Served: Seventh and eighth grade: 75-100 students; ninth and tenth grade: 25-40 students; eleventh and twelfth grade: approximately 50-70 students
Career Pathways: Information Technology and Engineering Technology
Academy Goals and Description: The Greater Peninsula Governor's STEM Academy will foster a vibrant economy for the Virginia Peninsula and the Commonwealth by creating a culture that educates and trains innovators and technologists necessary for businesses to remain competitive in a global economy. The Academy will direct its initial focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career cluster with the development of career pathways in engineering and technology and information technology. For these two career pathways, the Academy will establish regional enrichment programs to include information and Engineering Technology Exploratory Saturdays (seventh and eighth grade) and an Information and Engineering Technology Saturday Event (ninth and tenth grade). The STEM Academy will also establish an Academy for Information Technology and Engineering Technology (eleventh and twelfth grade) within at least one high school in each of the six school divisions in the Greater Peninsula area.
Under the facilitation of NHREC, the Academy will implement a unique model that focuses on school division-based courses while utilizing regional courses at NHREC and the community colleges, as well as distance learning. The Academy’s engineering technology curriculum will provide a seamless alignment from middle school to high school to college, emphasizing advanced academics (Algebra I in 8th grade, Algebra II by 11th grade, and four years of science) and college-level technical training. The instructional pedagogy will implement project-based, experiential and cooperative learning. The Academy’s implementation will be supported by regional and school team-based professional development.
Upon successful implementation of this initial effort, the Academy will be expanded to develop enrichment programs and academy designs for other career clusters and pathways such as geospatial technologies, modeling and simulation, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other fields of innovation, technology and engineering based upon the work force needs on the Greater Virginia Peninsula.
NHREC is the largest and oldest regional center in the state and will become the only one to operate both a Governor's School (The Governor's School for Science and Technology) and a Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy (GPGSA).
Highlights of the Academy:
- A regional partnership facilitated by a Regional Education Center to establish regional and divisional programs focused initially on Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.
- The Virginia Space Grant Consortium will design and facilitate the Engineering Technology Exploratory Saturdays enrichment program.
- The Academy will be aligned with Thomas Nelson Community College's and Old Dominion University's Engineering Technology degree programs.
- The Academy will be based in the school divisions, and courses will be offered at divisional high schools, NHREC, TNCC, and/or through distance learning.
- Students will earn college credits and industry credentialing as well as participate in a senior year internship, mentorship, or project learning experience.