The Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association recently announced Carver College and Career Academy received its 2017 Program of the Year Award for having the state’s best high school technology education program. Carver Academy’s program also is receiving recognition from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for having Virginia’s top high school technology education program.
Carver College and Career Academy has been working diligently to integrate various math classes with career and technical education (CTE) classes throughout the school. Carpentry students are taking a geometry class that helps students apply math skills needed to succeed in carpentry and construction. Additional class combinations offered include Algebra and manufacturing.
“Our schools are focused on providing an innovative and relevant education, and Carver College and Career Academy is integrating real-world scenarios with traditional classwork,” said School Board member Carrie Coyner, whose district includes Carver College and Career Academy. “This program is ensuring students are learning about design, engineering and technology as part of the total high school experience, while preparing them for future careers.”
In addition to providing combination classrooms, Carver College and Career Academy is working with all CTE classes to create a school farm. Farm projects for the CTE students include carpentry students building the chicken coops and garden beds and technical drawing students creating the drawings for the construction projects. Business students are developing a business plan for the farm to be a successful enterprise.
“Carver College and Career Academy is offering our students the unique opportunity to collaborate on a project to give them experience in a business enterprise,” said Superintendent Dr. James Lane. “The innovative collaboration happening in these classrooms is what we imagine for the classroom of the future. We’re providing students the opportunity to combine their traditional learning with project-based learning. National recognition reaffirms just how innovative this effort is.”
Sponsored by VTEEA in conjunction with the ITEEA and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education programs at the high school level. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students.
The VTEEA award was presented to Carver College and Career Academy during the VTEEA Summer Conference in July. The ITEEA award will be presented to the school at the ITEEA annual conference in April 2018.