New STEM Program Kicks Off at Harrisonburg High School

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A new Governor's program is coming to Harrisonburg High School. It's one of only 22 high schools in the state that gets to offer this to students.

It's a STEM program that offers two pathways to get students better prepared for college or the workforce.

One path will specialize in math and science, and the other will focus on technology and engineering.

Superintendent Scott Kizner says it's a great opportunity for students.

The students will have to apply to get into the program, and it lasts all four years of high school. Their diplomas will even say whether they completed the special STEM program.

Kizner says this will also attract more families to move to the area to put kids in this school system.

"Students need to make choices and find something they're interested in, and we believe that will keep kids connected and wanting to come to school every day," said Kizner. "So this will be our second academy within our high school, schools within a school, so we think it's a win-win."

Kizner says they already added a fine arts academy that students can focus on too, if they choose.

He says this will be beneficial for students since technology and engineering jobs are in such high demand.


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