(WDBJ7) -- Six high schools in Southwest Virginia are among 16 to receive a $37,500 grant to purchase new equipment to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.
Governor Ralph Northam's office says, the grant program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor’s STEM Academies, and Governor’s Health Science Academies.
The schools include Buchanan Co., Buckingham Co., Franklin Co., Lynchburg, Montgomery Co. and Washington County.
• 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)
• 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)
• Washington County — Washington County CTE Center (computer numerical control plasma cutting equipment)
“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.”