Clifford S. Hardison Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Project Title: Clifford S. Hardison Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Program Focus: The program will build on the existing Fairfax County Public Schools health and medical sciences courses at West Potomac Academy. It will also include extensions with other CTE program areas, such as Engineering & Technology, Business and Information Technology and Marketing programs to provide opportunities outlined in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Plan of Study pathways for Therapeutic Services, Support Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, and Biotechnology Research and Development. An extensive network of healthcare professionals, business and industry partners, and higher education professionals provide extended learning opportunities to students via field trips, guest speaker opportunities, job shadow experiences, and internships. Industry partners specializing in high-tech professions, highly ranked medical facilities, as well as federal government facilities close to FCPS give the students unique access to these professionals.
- Academy Website: Clifford S. Hardison Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
- Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Fairfax County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College Medical Education Campus (dental, nursing, paramedic, PT/OT), Howard University College of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Virginia Dental Association, Inova Health System, Capital Caring Hospice and Palliative Care, Walgreens, INOVA Mt Vernon Hospital, Brother’s Brother Foundation, HOSA, Patterson Dental, Mission of Mercy, Virginia, and Anderson PT.
Lead/Fiscal Agent: Fairfax County Public Schools
Katherine F. Bowdring
Governor’s Academy Administrator
West Potomac High School
6500 Quander Road
Alexandria, VA 22307
West Potomac High School
6500 Qunder Road
Alexandra, VA 22307
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy currently serves approximately 900 students.
Diagnostic Services (2013-2014)
Health Informatics (2013-2014)
Therapeutic Services (2013-2014)
Support Services (2014-2015)
Biotechnology Research and Development (2015-2016)
The overall goal of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy is 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 completion of dual enrollment courses;
- Provide work-based experiences for students through strong partnerships with businesses and health care institutions;
- Increase high school graduation rates;
- Reduce dropout rates; and
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education.
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 their health sciences fields of study;
- 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;
- Receive opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the work force and when applying to advanced training schools or postsecondary institutions;
- Obtain meaningful hands-on experiences in their career pathway studies; and
- Benefit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, clinical, and cooperative experiences, providing the student with an advantage when entering postsecondary education and/or the workplace.