Bedford County Public Schools Health Sciences Academy
Project Title: Bedford County Public Schools Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Program Focus: The mission of the Bedford County Governor’s Health Sciences Academy is to provide students with a clear educational pathway that will prepare them to meet their career goals in high-demand, high-wage, and high-skill health sciences careers in Virginia. Each program will provide students with entry-level and college preparatory skills, creating a strong foundation toward attainment of their career/educational goals. Students will gain marketable skills as well as develop strong workplace readiness skills through emphasis placed on the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills. Students will have access and exposure to 21st century technology resources specific to their program of study.
- Academy Website: Bedford County Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
- Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Bedford County Public Schools, Bedford County Department of Economic Development, Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Central Virginia Community College, Centra Health, Lynchburg College, and Liberty University.
Lead/Fiscal Agent: Bedford County Public Schools
Dr. Fred Conner
Assistant Director of Instruction
Bedford County Public Schools
310 South Bridge Street
Bedford, VA 24523
Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC)
600 Edmund Street
Bedford, VA 24551
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy will have the capacity to enroll 200 students, grades 10-12.
Biotechnology Research and Development
All pathways are represented in current offerings.
Academy Goals and Description:
The overall goals of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy are to provide expanded options for students’ health science literacy and other critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skills health sciences careers in Virginia.
Specific Governor’s Health Sciences Academy objectives include:
- Improve academic achievement of students in the Academy;
- Increase opportunities to earn nurse aide, practical nursing, and emergency medical technician and other board-approved credentials that validate the attainment of marketable knowledge and skills that provide competitive advantage when entering the work force or applying to postsecondary institutions;
- Provide career-relevant work-based learning experiences for students through strong partnerships with businesses and health care providers in the form of clinical experiences, internships, and career exploration business tours;
- Increase high school graduation rates by establishing early relationships with students interested in healthcare professions and helping them develop academic and career plans outlining a clear pathway of coursework and learning opportunities aligned with their career goals;
- Reduce dropout rates; and
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education by giving students an opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits and begin postsecondary educational programs prior to high school graduation.
As a result of participating in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy, students will:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge incorporated in health sciences fields of study through exploration and observation in real-world settings;
- Benefit from specialized, project-based courses which develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, preparing them for the 21st century world;
- Acquire greater communication and collaborative skills;
- Develop workplace readiness skills in the areas of personal communication, professionalism, and technology use;
- Increase opportunities to earn nurse aid, practical nursing, and emergency medical technician credentials that validate the attainment of marketable knowledge and skills that provide competitive advantage when entering the work force or applying to postsecondary institutions;
- Obtain meaningful hands-on experiences in their career pathway studies; and
- Benefit from internships, mentorships, clinical and other work based-learning experiences that provide students opportunity to further explore, confirm, refine, or re-focus their career goals.