Governor's Health Sciences Academies to be Established at Falls Church, West Potomac Academies

The Virginia Board of Education and Virginia Department of Education have approved a proposal to establish Governor’s Health Sciences Academies at Falls Church Academy and West Potomac Academy. Falls Church Academy and West Potomac Academy are two of the six high school academies in Fairfax County public schools.

The Governor’s Health Sciences Academies will offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) Health Sciences courses to students interested in pursuing careers in the health care field. Students will be able to take courses in the following career pathways: Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Biotechnology Research and Development. Several of the courses offered at the academies will provide the opportunity for students to earn industry certifications and dual enrollment college credits.

The academies’ students and staff members will continue to work with business and community partners including health care institutions, higher education institutions, local government, and economic development entities. These partnerships allow the academies to provide rich workforce development experiences for students and build a strong, skilled network of future health care professionals.

Students from any Fairfax County Public Schools high school will be able to enroll in the courses currently offered at the Governor’s Health Sciences Academies for the 2013-14 school year.

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