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XLR8 STEM Academy Grand Opening August 12th
The public is invited, and attendees will also include regional leaders, with Governor McDonnell to speak. XLR8 STEM Academy is the 16th regional Governor’
XLR8 will launch this coming academic year on the campus of Central Virginia Community College in the AREVA Technology Center, which includes access to lab equipment and classroom space. XLR8 has been a joint effort by the Region 2000 Technology Council, Future Focus Foundation and Workforce Investment Board; Central Virginia Community College; the school divisions of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Lynchburg; and area business partners, including AMTI, AREVA, The Babcock and Wilcox Company, Centra, Delta Star and Wells Fargo. XLR8 dovetails with current regional K-12 STEM activities and workforce development initiatives. The goal of this institution will be to help close the gap between education and industry, furthering the economic vitality of this region. More information can be found at www.xlr8academy.com.
This type of STEM Academy differs from the Regional Governor’
The STEM Academy curriculum will offer students an opportunity to learn in an innovative, engaging classroom where students will develop critical thinking skills through hands-on, project based learning. STEM Academy students will receive dual enrollment credits for all courses; allowing them the option to work toward a college degree. Additionally, the STEM Academy will offer transfer possibilities through articulation agreements with local colleges and universities for students wishing to continue their education. STEM Academy students will also be able to earn industry certifications, allowing for job readiness upon program completion.