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Applications Now Available for Summer Governor's School

Post Date:02/01/2018 8:45 AM

Applications are currently available for the 2018 Virginia Highlands Summer Governor’s School program, which will be held June 7-22 on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College. Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Rising high school juniors and seniors from area high school students may choose Mathematical Modeling, Unmanned Aerial Systems, or Play Analysis and Production. Students who successfully complete a course will be awarded three college credits.

Those participating in the mathematical modeling component will learn to design and perform experiments, mathematically conceptualize and analyze the results of their observations, and utilize computerized tools. Computers will be used to represent results, enhance conceptual grasp, and help students master various mathematical and conceptual tools. Participating students will take an overnight field trip to the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Lead teacher for the course is David Smith, associate professor of mathematics and physics at VHCC.

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program will introduce students to the evolving world of drones, which are now being used in a wide variety of professions. This course will include classroom instruction, flight simulators, and actual flight operations. Students also will be given preparation materials for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam. Those enrolled in this course are scheduled to participate in an overnight trip to the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, and visit Virginia Tech’s Drone Park. Lead teacher for this course is Tamara Lasley, assistant professor of Information Systems Technology at VHCC. Dr. Kevin Hamed, professor of Biology at VHCC will assist in teaching the course.

 Students in the Play Analysis and Production component will read and discuss plays, participate in acting and improvisation workshops, and visit Barter Theatre, where they will get a behind-the-scenes look at the various aspects of live theater production. This class includes overnight travel to New York City to see two Broadway plays and tour various attractions. Lead teacher for this course is David Burns, an English teacher at Northwood High School.

Governor’s School is funded by the Virginia Department of Education, VHCC, and the public school divisions in the VHCC service region. There is no charge for students to attend the program and transportation is provided.

 Public schools will identify eligible candidates and three college credits will be awarded to those who successfully complete a course. Talented home schooled students also are eligible and may apply through the public high school they normally would attend. Applications are available online at

For more information, please contact Patricia Farmer at (276) 739-2480 or

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