Northern Neck Technical Center Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies
Project Title: Northern Neck Technical Center Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies
Project Lead: Northern Neck Technical Center
Program Focus: The program at the Northern Neck Technical Center Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies focuses on pathways in three Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and will prepare students for college and high-paying technical positions in the agriculture and maritime industries that prevail in the Northern Neck.
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Northern Neck Technical Center; Town of Colonial Beach Public Schools; Essex County Public Schools; Lancaster County Public Schools; Northumberland County Public Schools; Richmond County Public Schools (Academy Fiscal Agent); Westmoreland County Public Schools; Rappahannock Community College; Rappahannock Educational Consortium; Richmond County YMCA; National Science Foundation Southeast Maritime and Transportation Center (NSF SMART Center); STEM Education Alliance; Friends of the Rappahannock; Richmond County Extension Service; Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board, Inc.; Historyland Nursery; Montague Farms, Inc.; Northern Neck Nursery; Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association, Inc.; Whelan’s Marina; and White Point Marina, Inc.
Lead Entity: Northern Neck Technical Center
Fiscal Agent: Richmond County Public Schools
Roger “Butch” Gross
13946 Historyland Highway
Warsaw, Virginia 22572
Academy Location: Northern Neck Technical Center
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies will enroll a minimum of 144 students in grades nine through twelve.
Career Pathways: Plant Systems, Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance (Maritime), and Engineering and Technology
Academy Overview: Agricultural and maritime industries prevail on the Northern Neck. Graduates from the six Northern Neck school divisions compete for jobs in these industries. The Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies, centered at the Northern Neck Technical Center, will prepare students for college and for careers in high-paying technical positions in the twenty-first century work force serving these industries.
The Academy will inspire, recruit, motivate, and engage K–12 students in the direction of agricultural, maritime, and STEM careers. The program objectives and performance measures support academic achievement, dual-enrollment courses, on-time graduation rates, and reduced dropout rates, while facilitating work-based experiences.
The six school divisions will provide core instruction in mathematics and science. Staff development for mathematics and science teachers will be coordinated through the Northern Neck Technical Center in partnership with The College of William and Mary. The enriched staff development for mathematics and science teachers will positively impact all K–12 students on the Northern Neck.
Many of the Academy’s CTE courses will be provided as virtual classes asynchronously, allowing students to easily fit STEM classes into their schedules without leaving their home schools. These virtual classes will reduce travel expenses, save time, and increase instructional time. Dual-enrollment classes will also be taught online, either from the Northern Neck Technical Center or Rappahannock Community College. A work-based experience will be provided to each student in the summer between the junior and senior years.
Academy Goals : The overall goals of the Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies include the following:
- Maximize opportunities in preparing Northern Neck public school students for targeted careers in agricultural and maritime engineering and technology.
- Increase students’ knowledge of and interest in careers in engineering and technology.
- Increase student enrollment in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology courses.
- Provide highly-skilled workers to support the work force needs of maritime and agricultural businesses and industries on the Northern Neck and greater Eastern and Central Virginia.
- Ensure that students graduate with college- and career-readiness knowledge and skills.
- Increase the number of students who qualify for the Advanced Studies Diploma.
- Expose all K–12 students on the Northern Neck to higher mathematics and science to prepare them for possible participation in the Academy.
Academy Objectives: Specific objectives include the following:
- Academy students will maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) and improve their academic achievement.
- Academy students will earn between 9 and 12 transferable credits from dual-enrollment and/or Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
- Academy work-based learning internships will be coordinated with businesses and completed in the summer between eleventh and twelfth grades.
- The Academy program will increase on-time graduation rates and reduce dropout rates.
- The Academy will assist in increasing enrollment and retention in postsecondary education, while reducing the number of students requiring remediation in college.
- The Academy will increase the number of students completing the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills for Commonwealth assessment, and industry certification and credentialing tests including a college-readiness skills curriculum.
- The Academy will increase the number of graduates employed in high-wage, high-demand, and high-skill careers related to agriculture and maritime industries.