Pittsylvania County

Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET)

Categories: Pittsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET) program is a partnership with Virginia State University (VSU), the New College Institute (NCI), Danville Community College (DCC), and The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). This program, housed at the IALR, offers students the opportunity to participate in a demanding engineering curriculum that will equip participants with skills necessary to meet the rigorous standards of postsecondary programs. The two-year engineering curriculum is comprised of courses that focus on theory and design while actively engaging students in lab experiments and projects. Students also take English 11 and 12 and Calculus. All AET courses carry special grade point values, and students receive dual enrollment credits from VSU and DCC.

Contact:

Dr. Mark R. Jones
Division Superintendent
mark.jones@pcs.k12.va.us
(434) 432-2761


Precision Machining Technology/Advanced Manufacturing Program

Categories: Pittsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

In the fall of 2013, the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center introduced a new state-of-the-art Precision Machining Technology/Advanced Manufacturing Program to its first group of students. This program provides students with cutting-edge instruction and hands-on access to advanced equipment in precision machining and advanced manufacturing. The students become comfortable and confident with program software, engineering design techniques and industry standards. Students learn how to take a concept of a part, design it, and machine it into a final working product. Through this process, students learn to be precise with their calculations and efficient in their design and become experts in machining technically advanced pieces. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn certifications from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Also, students matriculate to Danville Community College and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for advanced training.

Contact:

Dr. Mark R. Jones
Division Superintendent
mark.jones@pcs.k12.va.us
(434) 432-2761


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy

Categories: Pittsylvania County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy for Pittsylvania County Schools serves more than 2,000 students in grades 5, 7 and 9. Each student served visits the Academy for approximately 2.5 hours every 5 weeks. The mission of the STEM Academy is to give instructional experiences to students through the use of technology. The STEM instruction is aligned with the Standards of Learning to ensure students are applying knowledge of all core areas as they problem solve and focus on the design process. The Academy allows students to explore career fields in engineering and technology, to experience STEM learning with various technologies, to delve deeply into experiments, and to become immersed in hands-on learning and problem solving. After visiting the STEM Academy, teachers are provided additional resources to continue the instruction in their classrooms. STEM instructors also provide workshops and assistance to the classroom teachers in all grade levels.

Contact:

Dr. Mark R. Jones
Division Superintendent
mark.jones@pcs.k12.va.us
(434) 432-2761