The Commonwealth of Virginia will open its 16th regional governor’s STEM Academy at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg in the fall of 2013.
Offering programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the state expects an enrollment of about 100 juniors and seniors from the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and the city of Lynchburg.
The National Science Foundation has also awarded the school of math, science and technology at Virginia Union University in Richmond a $1.7 million grant to increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates in STEM programs.
Virginia Union will establish a STEM summer institute for high school students during the five-year grant period.
Since the beginning of 2010, Virginia has gone from eight STEM academies to 16, with new locations in Richmond, Carroll County, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Fairfax County, Roanoke County, New Kent County and now, Lynchburg