FY 23 SWVHEC Annual Report

The Center provided many STEM opportunities for students and teachers. The Center hosted a Code VA professional development workshop for regional K-12 educators. The Center also welcomed K-5 students for STEM Day Camp during the summer and K-5 STEM Academy during the school year. These educational outreach opportunities served over 4,400 students and teachers. The College for Older Adults features many educational, inspirational and thought provoking sessions in history, arts, gardening, movies and practical applications for adults 50 years or older. In the past fiscal year, the Center served over 400 adult learners over two semesters. The Center worked with the General Assembly and the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget to secure another round of funding for the new Rural Virginia IT Apprenticeship program. For fiscal years 2023 and 2024, three million dollars ($1.5 million per year) was allocated to the program. To date, four companies are active in the program with 15 apprentices approved and 12 hired. The program has already awarded over $667,000 in grants to companies. The Center hosted the 2022 LEGO regional competition on Saturday, November 12, 2022, with 24 teams participating and approximately 1,100 attendees. DOING GREAT THINGS


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