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Monticello High School Academy Now a Governorís Health Services Academy

The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) has designated Albemarle County Public Schools ’ Health and Medical Sciences Academy as a regional Governor’s Health Services Academy. The division will receive a $10,000 state planning and implementation grant.

The division’s academy is located in Monticello High School and is open to all public school students in Albemarle County. It began operation in August 2012 and serves students interested in exploring health sciences career opportunities. The curriculum, which delivers a foundation for both post-secondary education and workforce readiness in health related professions, is technology-focused, using case studies, integrated projects and internships to enrich learning.

Students choose one of three academic pathways: They can qualify for industry certifications in such positions as surgical technologist; they can earn associate degrees to become, for example, a radiologic technologist; or students can pursue bachelor, master and doctorate degrees to become a medical doctor, nurse or bioengineer.

“This is very good news for Albemarle County students who have an interest in health and medical sciences careers,” said Katina Dudley, who is the academy’s director. “Our designation as a regional Governor’s Health Services Academy recognizes the visionary work being done in our classrooms and laboratories and the importance of our mission to the community,” Ms. Dudley added.

An industry study by Albemarle County this past year identified the health and medical device industries as being a top economic development priority based upon the potential for higher-paying employment growth.

“As our population ages and with the expansion of access to medical care, health and medical care professions not only will be a source of employment, but also for high quality medical care delivery,” said Ms. Dudley.

Among the academy’s unique strengths are its relationships with the University of Virginia Medical School, Martha Jefferson Hospital, local businesses that are members of the Virginia Biotechnology Association, and other academic and private sector professionals, many of whom serve on the academy’s advisory board.

“The advice we receive from these leaders allows us to develop learning experiences for students that directly connect their skills to the performance requirements of these professions,” Ms. Dudley concluded.

Applications to attend the academy in the 2013-14 school year are being accepted through the end of this week. More information can be found at

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