Superintendents’ Region 8 Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Project Title: Superintendents’ Region 8 Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Program Focus: The program of study is designed to expand options for students to acquire skills in the health sciences. The Academy is in partnership with Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) and surrounding hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living homes, South Central Workforce Investment Board Region VIII, Piedmont Health District, Southside Director of Governor’s School and Superintendents’ Region 8 school divisions (Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax,, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward). The Academy combines coursework and research experience with a challenging and focused school and college environment to prepare students for 21st century careers. Students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in technologically rich workplaces by learning how to work in teams, communicate effectively, think critically, solve problems, and demonstrate a positive work ethic.
Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Cumberland County Public Schools, Southside Virginia Community College, Amelia County Public Schools, Brunswick County Public Schools, Buckingham County Public Schools, Charlotte County Public Schools, Greensville County Public Schools, Halifax County Public Schools, Lunenburg County Public Schools, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, Nottoway County Public Schools, Prince Edward County Public Schools, Piedmont Health District, and South Central Workforce Investment Board Region.
Lead/Fiscal Agent: Cumberland County Public Schools
Dr. Amy Griffin
Superintendent, Cumberland County Public Schools
1541 Anderson Highway
Cumberland, VA 23040
Academy Locations: Secondary courses will be offered in each of the participating local school divisions and the postsecondary courses will be offered at Southside Virginia Community College
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy will have the capacity to enroll 200 students, grades 9-12. During the initial school year (2013-2014) applications will be accepted for 44 students.
Health Informatics (2013-2014)
Therapeutic Services (2013-2014)
Biotechnology Research and Development (2014-2015)
Diagnostic Services (2014-2015)
Support Services (2014-2015)
Academy Goals and Description:
The overall goals of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy are to provide expanded options for students’ health science literacy and other critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand, high-wage, and high-shills health sciences careers in Virginia
Specific Governor’s Health Sciences Academy objectives include:
- Improve academic achievement of students in the Academy;
- Increase completion of dual enrollment courses;
- Provide work-based experiences for students through strong partnerships with businesses;
- Increase high school graduation rates;
- Reduce dropout rates;
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education.
As a result of participating in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy, students will:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge incorporated in their fields of study;
- Benefit from specialized, project-based courses which develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, preparing them for the 21st-century world;
- Acquire greater communication and collaborative skills;
- Develop workplace readiness skills;
- Receive opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the work force and when applying to advanced training schools or postsecondary institutions;
- Obtain meaningful, real-life, hands-on experiences in their career pathway; and
- Profit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, and cooperative education, providing the student with an advantage when entering postsecondary education and/or the workplace.