Engineering and Tech Program Pushed Back in Pittsylvania Co.

Pittsylvania Co., VA - Students in Pittsylvania County will have to wait one more year to get a head start on careers in engineering and technology.

The Academy of Engineering and Technology is a partnership between the school system, Virginia State University, DCC, and New College Institute.
Implementing the program has taken more work than they expected.

"We want it to be right before we deliver it to our students, " said Career and Tech. Education Director Angela Rigney.
In June, officials made plans for students take preliminary engineering courses at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.
The program would open to twenty high school students interested in advancing in those fields.
But Rigney says they needed more time to work out the program's logistics.
"To make sure the students are getting all of the coursework they need and making sure we had instructors in place, " she said.
Superintendent James McDaniel hopes this dual enrollment option - along with those currently available in the county - will cut down on costly courses for students when they head off to college.
He also wants to see students trained in the Academy take their engineering and tech skills into the local workforce.
"There are opportunities here in Pittsylvania County and in the surrounding area, if you have the skill set that the employers are looking for, " McDaniel said.
That program is set to being in the fall of 2014. McDaniel says students who participate in the Academy during the summer months will have a chance to make some cash through internships and other opportunities.