Hanover Advance College Academy celebrates first graduating class

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Hanover County Public Schools is celebrating its first graduating class from the Advance College Academy (ACA). 

Thirty-nine students graduated with an Associates Degree in Social Sciences, after completing a rigorous program in partnership with Reynolds Community College. At the same time, those students earned their high school diplomas. 

“We are incredibly proud of our students’ accomplishments, and we are thankful for the road they have paved for future students,” said Dr. Michael Gill, Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent. “Whether a student wishes to go directly into the workforce, serve in the military, or build on their degree at another higher education institution, the preparation they have received through the Advance College Academy will undoubtedly serve them well.”

HCPS began offering the ACA program in the fall of 2016. Students apply for the Academy in eighth grade and are selected through a lottery system. For four years, they take classes as a group to complete their college coursework during their junior and senior years. Students also attend a three-week session of college courses during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. 

“We are also grateful for our partnership with Reynolds Community College and for all of the teachers, counselors, and administrators at both Reynolds and Hanover County Public Schools who have given tirelessly of themselves to make the ACA such a success,” said Dr. Gill. 

“These students carry more than 2000 transferable college credits with them to universities across the Commonwealth and country,” said Dr. Miles McCrimmon, Director of College Academies. “We know they will remember where they got their start, and they will continue to do both Reynolds and HCPS proud. Thanks must go out to the HCPS teachers, principals, school counselors, and Reynolds career coaches who helped these students along the way.”

“The ACA Classes of 2019 have been trailblazers since the program began in Hanover County,” said Elizabeth Roering, ACA Career Coach. “I couldn’t be any prouder of them, and it has been an honor to work with them since they began the ACA program in September 2016. I look forward to hearing from them next year about their transitions to college and successes ahead.”

The students graduated at the Reynolds Community College commencement on Sunday, May 12 at the Siegel Center at VCU. One-hundred and eighty-four students are currently enrolled in the Advance College Academy. 

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