Virginia creates 16th regional STEM academy in Lynchburg

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After a push to create more skilled workers in the state, Virginia has created the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy in Lynchburg. It will offer programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy will be located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College. The academy is scheduled to open in fall 2013 with a projected enrollment of about 100 juniors and seniors from the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford , Campbell and the city of Lynchburg.

There were eight STEM Academies when Gov. Bob McDonnell was inaugurated in January 2010. Since then, the department of education has added eight more in Richmond, Carroll County, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Fairfax County, Roanoke County, New Kent County and now, Lynchburg.

Virginia Union University in Richmond also is moving forward in the area of STEM education. The National Science Foundation has awarded the university’s School of Math, Science, and Technology a $1.7 million grant to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates in STEM programs. 

During the five-year grant period, Virginia Union also will establish a STEM summer institute for high school students.

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