Lynchburg STEM Academy Approved by Board of Education

Photographer: Levi Washburn

Lynchburg, VA- A new learning opportunity for high schoolers is coming to the Lynchburg area. The Lynchburg Regional Governor's STEM Academy has been approved by the Department of Education.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The school will open its doors next fall, and will be open to high school juniors and seniors seeking careers in technology. One of the organizations pushing for the new school is the Region 2000 Technology Council.

"They're going to have a new learning opportunity they haven't had before. It's going to give them access to relationships with local business and industry. So more of an applied learning environment," said Jonathan Whitt, Executive Director of Region 2000 Technology Council.

This will be the 16th STEM school in Virginia, and is part of Governor McDonnell's effort to double the number of academies in the Commonwealth by the end of his administration.