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Virginia Western assisting with high school STEM academies

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Virginia Western is partnering with local high schools to help students get job training faster.

The majority of high schools in the Roanoke Valley now have STEM academies, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

This includes Botetourt County, which started its academy in 2013.

To make sure they're prepared for the next step, several Virginia Western instructors are teaching classes to the students at Botetourt's academy.

Since the college only has the students for two years, Assistant Dean of STEM Amy White said they have to make the most of the time.

"Our reputation is on the line, our reputation resides with every student that leaves here. So we want to do the very best job we can," she said. "If they're prepared coming in that means we can make absolute best use of the short time we have with them."

White said partnering with high schools is critical to make sure the future workforce is properly trained.
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