Based on economic projections, Lynchburg’s Professional Technical and Scientific, Business and Finance, and Construction industries are positioned to grow substantially. In fact, it is expected that 70 percent of job growth in Central Virginia will fall under STEM fields, business management and infrastructure development.
Businesses in these sectors need a skilled workforce to help them expand. To meet this growing talent demand, Lynchburg City Schools has been working hard to develop hands-on scholastic programs to help prepare local students for local careers.
These programs include:
- First business symposium
On March 12th, Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced Lynchburg’s first business symposium. Taking place on August 13th, this meeting will engage local educators and business owners, creating an opportunity to collaborate and define anticipated workforce needs and potential educational gaps.
- Increasing college-going opportunities
By collaborating with CVCC and the STEM Academy, LCS helps students access dual enrollment programs, giving them a chance to learn specific skills while still in high school. Students can access all of the information they need regarding scholarships, college application preparation, financial aid and admissions requirements through the Beacon of Hope initiative. In addition, local scholarships and stakeholder support programs are helping make post-secondary more financially accessible for students.
- Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Lynchburg City Schools is also investing in CTE, which allows middle school and high school students to gain hirable skills, industry certifications, national competency certifications, licenses, college credits, and job experience through internships – all prior to graduation.
- Central Virginia’s Governor’s School for Math and Science (CVGS) Expansion
CVGS is adding 10 more slots for LCS students, allowing them to earn 25 dual enrollment credits in addition to any dual enrollment and advanced placement courses they may be taking at their local high school. The Governor’s School allows students to study more advanced science and math and is being physically expanded by 7,700 square feet to accommodate more students.
- Investing in local Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiatives
Overall, more than 60 percent of all high school students are currently enrolled in at least one advanced placement course. By equipping our eager students with specific technical skills, progressive educational resources, and hands-on professional learning opportunities, Lynchburg City Schools is building a strong local workforce for our businesses.