Lynchburg Regional Governor's STEM Academy
Project Title: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy
Program Lead: Region 2000 Technology Council
Program Focus: XLR8 Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy – is the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (subjects known collectively as “STEM”) for High School Juniors and Seniors in Virginia’s Central Virginia region.
Located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College – XLR8 offers academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, mechatronics, biotechnology, health science, and cybersecurity.
Academy Website: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Amherst County Public Schools; Appomattox County Public Schools; Bedford County Public Schools; Campbell County Public Schools; Lynchburg City Public Schools; Central Virginia Community College; Region 2000 Technology Council; Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board; AECOM; Appalachian Powe;, AMG; AMTI; BWX Technologies; Centra Health; CloudFit Software; Delta Star, Inc.; Framatome; Harris Corporation; Liberty University; Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club; Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance; Master Engineers & Designers; Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical; Successful Innovations; Swissomation; Union Bank; Verizon Foundation; Wegmann USA; Wells Fargo; and Future Focus Foundation.
Lead Entity: Future Focus Foundation
Ms. Susan Cash, Director
XLR8 STEM Academy
3506 Wards Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Fiscal Agent: Lynchburg City Public Schools
Dr. Crystal Edwards
Lynchburg City Schools
915 Court Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Academy Location: Central Virginia Community College
Number of Students Served: The Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy current enrollment is 51 students.
Career Pathways: Diagnostic Services, Biotechnology Research & Development, Engineering & Technology, Network Systems, and Programming & Software Development
Academy Goals and Description: The overall goals of the Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy are to provide students with the 21st-century, STEM-enriched technological skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and in the world of work through authentic, rigorous, project-based work while building partnerships with parents, community and business leaders to meet these goals.
Specific Governor’s STEM Academy objectives include:
- Improve academic achievement of Academy students by increasing academic rigor and relevance within selected pathways.
- Increase completion of dual enrollment courses.
- Provide workplace readiness experiences through strong partnerships with businesses.
- Increase high school graduation rates.
- Reduce dropout rates.
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education.
- Increase the number of students completing a college and workplace ready curriculum in high school.
- Reduce the number of students requiring remediation in college.
- Increase the number of industry certifications awarded to high school students.
- Increase the number of graduates employed in high-wage, high-skilled careers.
Highlights of the Academy: As a result of participating in the Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy in the pathways of Diagnostic Services and Engineering and Technology 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 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, job shadowing, and cooperative education, which provide students with advantages when entering postsecondary education and/or the workplace.