XLR8 STEM Academy to Celebrate Inaugural Class Graduation


The XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy will celebrate the graduation of the twenty-three (23) members of their first inaugural class on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at Central VA Community College in the multipurpose room in Merritt Hall. Invited attendees will include STEM Academy students, parents, STEM Academy Partnership Team members, STEM Academy Board Members, members of the XLR8 faculty and invited guests.

The courses at the STEM Academy are all dual enrolled which offers students the opportunity to earn college credits and a career studies certificate from Central Virginia Community College. Currently, the two identified student pathways to be offered at the academy include biotechnology and mechatronics; the latter being the blending of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.

The twenty-three students will be recognized for earning career studies certificates in engineering fundamentals and/or mechatronics from Central VA Community College receive recognition for completing the curriculum as the inaugural class of students attending the XLR8 STEM Academy and receive senior superlative awards.

In addition, the XLR8 STEM Academy staff will be awarding four additional awards for Academic Excellence, Most Improved, Leadership and STEM Academy Student of the Year.
Our speakers for the evening will the Ruth Maragni from Centra Health and out keynote speaker will be Dr. John Capps, President of Central VA Community College.
The STEM Academy has had a very positive impact in the lives of the students who are attending the STEM Academy. The STEM Academy will have 23 seniors graduate this year in May from CVCC with Career Studies Certificates in Engineering Fundamentals and Mechatronics and 100% of those students will be entering the workforce, continuing their education either at CVCC (completing an Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology with AREVA, Machining, the Grown in VA program with UVA/ODU/VT) or at a 4 year college or university in STEM related fields, including Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, Emory & Henry, Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute, University of Kentucky, Norfolk State University and George Mason University. The vision of the STEM Academy is that all students graduate with multiple options for success in college and post- secondary career opportunities; that vision is being met at the STEM Academy.

Corporate Sponsorship
The XLR8 STEM Academy would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event. Presenting Partner: Centra Health, Supporting Partners: AECOM & AREVA and Corporate Partner: Wiley Wilson

About XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy
XLR8: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy – is the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (subjects known collectively as “STEM”) for High School Juniors and Seniors in Virginia’s Region 2000/Lynchburg regional area. Located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College – XLR8 offers academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, technology and health science diagnostic services. Visit us at www.xlr8academy.com for additional information.

Susan Cash
XLR8 STEM Academy, Director
scash [at] xlr8academy [dot] com