Superintendent’s Memo #287-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 7, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Announcement of Incentive Mini-Grants for “New” Governor’s STEM Academies in School Year 2011-2012

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce incentive mini-grants in the amount of $5,000 each for implementation of a “new” Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy during school year 2011-2012.  Upon approval by the Board of Education of the school division’s academy’s application, the grant award will be issued to the school division.

The mini-grant is being provided to school divisions with state funds for implementation of a new STEM Academy.  Funds under this grant award must be encumbered by June 29, 2012.  Payment will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Global economic competition is increasing and the need to develop a work force with advanced skills is critical.  The growing demands of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related employment sectors are all driving the high-demand jobs in today’s work force.  According to the article, “Occupational Employment Projections to 2016,” Monthly Labor Review, “STEM-related fields are projected to grow twice as fast as the average for all occupations to the year 2016.”  Providing STEM-related educational programs and experiences will contribute significantly to Virginia’s work force needs today and in the future.

If you have any questions or would like information about the application process, please contact George Willcox, STEM academy coordinator, Office of Career and Technical Education Services at or by telephone at (804)225-2051.