Governor's Career & Technical Academy in Arlington
Project Title: Governor's Career and Technical Academy in Arlington (GCTAA)
Project Lead: Arlington Public Schools
Program Focus: The program at the Arlington Career Center will integrate instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, in five focus areas – automotive, digital media, information technology, emergency medical services, and engineering.
Academy Website: Governor's Career and Technical Academy in Arlington
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Northern Virginia Community College; Arlington County Public Schools; Mercedes Benz of Arlington; Arlington Employment Center; and Arlington Economic Development.
Mr. Kris Martini, Director
Arlington County Public Schools
2801 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 306
Arlington, Virginia 22201
The Arlington Career Center
816 South Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
Number of Students Served: Enrollment will continue to increase until the maximum enrollment is reached.
Career Pathways: Engineering & Technology, Science and Mathematics,Journalism & Broadcasting, Performing Arts, Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Support Services, Network Systems, Information and Support Services, Web and Digital Communications, Programming and Software Development, and Sales and Service
Academy Goals and Description: The Governor's Career and Technical Academy in Arlington is part of the Arlington Career Center and Arlington Tech. The programs’ focus is to integrate career and technical education classes with academic classes so that students see the connections between subjects when they go out in local businesses. Another component of the program is to provide dual enrollment opportunities for students so they will get a head start on college while still in high school.
The Academy's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-infused curriculum will feature programs within the following pathways: Arts, Audio and Video Technology and Communications; Science; Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Health Sciences; Human Services; and Information Technology Support. Additional programs in other pathways will be added as the Academy develops, providing broader academic and employment opportunities for more students.
Expected student outcomes include improved high school graduation rates and enrollment in postsecondary education, as well as the reduced need for remediation and an increase in college student retention, transfer, and graduation. Relevant preparation for employment will be a hallmark of the Academy. Improvement in these areas will be effected through increasing STEM and CTE academic integration, strengthening the five featured pathways, training staff and raising awareness in STEM education, and improving data collection for continuous program improvement. Students will learn subject matter as appropriate through discovery, analysis, inquiry-based research, and on-the-job experience.
Highlights of the Academy:
- The Governor's Academy will be a joint secondary/postsecondary institution.
- Students can earn college credits at no cost.
- Dual enrollment opportunities will exist for grades 11 and 12.
- The flexible academy model will incorporate several pathways beyond the initial five over time.
- Student job shadowing and internships will be available across a variety of disciplines.
- Involved business partners will assist in keeping curriculum relevant.
- Summer college course work will be available.
- Students will be better prepared for work and additional higher education opportunities.