The Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy
Project Title: The Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy
Program Lead: Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Education Center
Program Focus: Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy will provide opportunities for students to acquire STEM literacy and other critical skills, knowledge, and credentials that will prepare them for post-secondary education and high-demand, high-wage, and high skill careers. Students enrolled in the Academy will receive academic and technical training in career preparation in the following career clusters: Health Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Information Technology.
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Bridging Communities Board of Control; New Kent County Public Schools; Charles City County Public Schools; King and Queen County Public Schools; King William County Public Schools; Middlesex County Public Schools; West Point Public Schools; Rappahannock Community College; Town of West Point Town Council; and Dominion Resources
Lead Entity: Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Education Center
Fiscal Agent: New Kent County Public Schools
Judy Ellis, Director
P.O. Box 232
New Kent, Virginia 23124
Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Education Center
7930 New Chipping Lane
New Kent, Virginia 23124
Number of Students Served: The Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy has an enrollment capacity of 100 students, grades 11-12.
Career Pathways: Engineering & Technology, Programming & Software Development, and Therapeutic Services
Academy Goals and Description: The overall goals of the 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 learning opportunities while building partnerships with parents, community members, industry, 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.
- 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 Governor’s STEM Academy the 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 benefit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, and job shadowing.