Governor Terry McAuliffe praises Bethel High School, Hampton City Schools during Academy visit
Governor Terry McAuliffe praised Bethel High School and Hampton City Schools during a visit to academies at Bethel High on Oct. 5. He visited Bethel to witness how funds from the High School Innovation Planning grant were being used. HCS received $50,000 in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
“What they’re doing in here is, early on in life, they’re getting in the skill sets; they’re getting the exposure to businesses, things they may be interested in. Totally different. We’re getting away from standardized tests and getting them into real-life applications of what they’re going to do in life. It’s really spectacular what they’ve done here at Bethel.”
While at Bethel, the governor visited Freshman Academy English and social studies classes, Success 101 class, Governor’s Health Sciences Academy class, and a class in the Academy of Law and Public Safety.
“Our other high schools in the state need to follow what they’re doing here, because you can see these kids in here, what they’re learning, the things they’re exposed to,” he said. “They’re going to come out prepared and have an idea of what they want to do, and they’re getting the skills to match all the open jobs. We have so many open jobs in Virginia, we’ve got to fill them, and what Bethel is doing here is the road map to building that 21st century economy.”
HCS is using the innovative grant funds at all four high schools to present instruction within industry-and-subject-themed academies with separate learning spaces within the schools for each academy. The academies will provide opportunities for students to earn postsecondary credit through dual enrollment classes, online learning and early college programs. Local businesses will offer work-based learning through job shadowing, mentorships, internships and apprenticeships.
Bethel is home to the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy and Law and Public Safety Academy; Hampton High School is home to the Aerospace and Information Technology Academy; Kecoughtan High School is home to the Architecture and Applied Arts Governor’s STEM Academy; and Phoebus High School is home to the IDEA Academy. By the 2020-2021 school year, all high schools will offer wall-to-wall college and career academies.
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