Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
5/10/2019 - 6:00 AM  
Category:
Curriculum and Instruction  
Type:
Info  
Subject:
Governor’s Innovative Equipment Grant Award  
Strategic Plan:
Objective 1.1 Educational Excellence
ACPS will regularly assess and respond to the needs, interests, and abilities of individual students.
 
Policy:
IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives  
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable):
 
File Attachment:
190503_Brief_Governors_Innovative_Equipment_Grant_Award.pdf
 
Agenda Item Summary:
Governor Northam announced $600,000 in competitive grants to 16 high schools and technical centers to upgrade equipment in career and technical education programs (CTE). Alexandria City Public Schools was one of the recipients, receiving $37,500 to purchase new equipment for the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School. Examples of equipment that will be purchased include hemocytometer and microcentrifuge equipment for processing DNA protein electrophoresis. The grant request covers equipment for the five new plans of study, which will be added by 2020, and include biomedical informatics, sports medicine, pharmacy technician, emergency medical services, and medical laboratory sciences.

“Technology is ever-changing, and our career and technical education programs must have the up-to-date equipment necessary to prepare Virginia students for the jobs of tomorrow, which includes industries like high-tech manufacturing, bioengineering, health care, and skilled trades,” said Governor Northam. “With this funding, we are making critical investments in our young people, giving them the tools and training they need to be competitive in our 21st-century economy.”

“CTE programs prepare students for career opportunities in fields that are important to their communities,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “Replacing outdated equipment and purchasing the technology needed to support instruction in new career pathways are essential for CTE programs to remain relevant and ensure that graduates are ready for the 21st-century workplace.”

The competitive grant program was approved by the 2016 General Assembly, with the first grants to schools and technical centers awarded in 2017. The grant program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor’s STEM Academies, and Governor’s Health Science Academies.
 
Background:
The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School became official in June 2018. The first freshman class began this year with 99 students accepted. All health and medical sciences courses in this Academy are dual-enrolled with George Washington University (GWU).  
Recommendation
The Superintendent recommends the School Board review the above information in this brief.  
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Gerald Mann - Executive Director of Secondary Instruction
Signed By:  
Gregory Hutchings - Superintendent