Richmond City

C1 (Capital One) Coders

Categories: Richmond City | 2017

Originally launched at two schools in five communities in the fall of 2014, the C1 Coders program is now in 35 different schools across the country including Franklin Military Academy, Lucille Brown Middle School, and Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond Public Schools.  It is a modified version is used in countless one-day and week-long events. The objective of the program is simple: expose middle school students to technology by partnering with schools and community leaders to foster a focus in software engineering.  More than 1,000 Capital One associates have volunteered as instructors and mentors to share their passion for technology and to lend a hand in developing future software engineers. “Capital One sends mentors into the classrooms to work with the students hands-on and really give them the exposure to someone who is in a software engineering career. The program is a really great way to get them exposed at such an early age so that as they start high school and move into college, they’ll have a familiarity with software engineering,” said Matthew McCurdy, a Software Engineer at Capital One.

Contact

Sandra Wheeler
Community Partnerships Coordinator
swheeler@rvaschools.net
804.819.4382


Integrated Arts & College Prep SpringBoard Model

Categories: Richmond City | 2017

The College Prep SpringBoard program, recently implemented at Binford Middle School, is the first in the region and only second in the state. It allows all english and math students the opportunity to experience AP courses. The integrated arts model is significantly supported by the University of Richmond's School of Professional and Continuing Studies which houses the Partners in the Arts program.  Their mission is to, "train educators to integrate the arts into their preK-12 curriculum, and provide support to implement school-based projects created in our courses, workshops and professional development sessions."   

Contact

Melissa Rickey
Principal, Binford Middle School
mrickey@rvaschools.net
804.780.6231


RVA Future Centers

Categories: Richmond City | 2017

RVA Future Centers offer an exciting new opportunity aimed at increasing the number of Richmond Public Schools graduates accessing quality post-high school college and career opportunities, by providing a strong system of support, information, and assistance to RPS high school students. The long-term vision is to provide meaningful non-financial and financial support to all RPS high school students, before, during and after graduation, to bolster students’ long-term educational and economic success after high school. This is a collaborative initiative between the City of Richmond (via the Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building), Richmond Public Schools, and the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, where this initiative is based. Each of the five comprehensive high schools have an RVA Future Center staffed by a dedicated professional to create, organize, and implement career/college activities focused on student success beyond high school. In partnership with the RPS School Counseling Department, RVA Future C enters help to identify the gaps, determine metrics for success, and develop a coordinated plan for effective service delivery.  Long range impact will be to create a stream of qualified/educationally prepared talent for the Richmond workforce and improve the quality of life in the Richmond community by investing in future generations.  

Contact

Toria Howell
Program Manager
thowell@rvaschools.net
804.426.3795