Northam announces high school career and tech grants

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the 16 high schools that will get extra money to spend on career and technical education equipment upgrades.

Northam announced the winners Tuesday. The schools are located around the state and will each get $37,500.

“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,” — Gov. Northam 

The types of equipment the schools will upgrade or purchase include a heavy equipment operator training simulator, an interactive geriatric patient simulator and a 3D printer.

“Just like pencils, paper, and books, modern technology and equipment are necessary tools for providing high-quality and hands-on learning to students,” Secretary of Education Atif Qarni added. “These grants will support much-needed equipment upgrades which help facilitate excellent teaching and learning relevant to the needs of our local economies.” 

The competitive grant program was approved by lawmakers in 2016. The first round of grants was distributed in 2017.

The awards, by school division, are as follows:

  • Alexandria: Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School (hemocytometer and microcentrifuge equipment for processing DNA protein electrophoresis)
  • Buchanan County: Buchanan County CTE Center (multi-virtual machine system for cybersecurity simulations)
  • Buckingham County: Buckingham CTE Center (computer numerical control plasma cutting equipment)
  • Franklin County: Franklin County High School (electronic HVAC simulation trainer)
  • Henrico County: Highland Springs Technical Center (precision machining computer numerical control knee mill)
  • Lynchburg: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy (automated robotics and mechatronic digital electronics equipment)
  • Montgomery County: Governor’s STEM Academy at Christiansburg High School (advanced manufacturing equipment: waterjet cutting 3D printer and vibratory finishing chamber)
  • Petersburg: Petersburg High School (interactive manikin patient simulator, vital signs monitor and electronic hospital beds)
  • Prince Edward County: Prince Edward High School (interactive geriatric patient simulator)
  • Spotsylvania County: Spotsylvania CTE Center (interactive anatomy simulator)
  • Stafford County: North Stafford High School (virtual augmented reality interactive learning lab)
  • Staunton: Robert E. Lee High School (virtual augmented reality interactive learning lab)
  • Suffolk: Pruden Technical Center (heavy equipment operator training simulator)
  • Virginia Beach: Advanced Technology Center (virtual reality arc welding system)
  • Warren County: Blue Ridge Technical Center (computer numerical control machining and electric motor control learning system)
  • Washington County: Washington County CTE Center (computer numerical control plasma cutting equipment)

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