March 31, 2017
At its March 28 bimonthly meeting, the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science & Technology Governing Board, comprised of a school board member from each of the four participating school divisions, voted to relocate from New College Institute to Patrick Henry Community College for the 2017-2018 school year.
Piedmont Governor’s School is an academic-year Governor’s School for eleventh and twelfth grade academically gifted, highly motivated, and high-achieving students in Henry County, Martinsville, Danville, and Pittsylvania County who have qualified through a rigorous selection process. The Patrick Henry Community College site will serve students from Henry County and Martinsville as they participate in college-level course work.
“We at PHCC are thrilled to welcome Piedmont Governor’s School back to our campus. I am eager to greet students as they begin classes this fall and become part of the Patriot community,” said Patrick Henry Community College President Dr. Angeline Godwin.
Piedmont Governor’s School was created in 2002 and was originally located on the Patrick Henry Community College campus. Due to renovations at Patrick Henry Community College, the program was relocated, spending the last eight school years at New College Institute.
“I am excited that the Piedmont Governor’s School will be located at Patrick Henry Community College for the coming school year. This new location will provide multiple opportunities not currently available. The new school year will be an exciting and challenging opportunity for our students to experience college level courses on a college campus and still be a part of their base high schools,” said Brian Pace, PGSMST Director.
Students who attend Piedmont Governor’s School have the opportunity to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Science through participation in courses such as Advanced Mathematical Analysis, Advanced Calculus, and College Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Each student also completes a Research sequence and presents a capstone project during the spring of his/her senior year.
Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton said, “Our board appreciates the hospitality New College Institute and the New College Foundation have extended to the Governor’s School. We are excited that the return to the community college campus will afford students opportunities to enhance their research as they progress to new challenges in preparation for their college experiences.”
Martinsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Zeb Talley agreed, adding, “The students in our community are so very fortunate to have access to the resources available at Patrick Henry Community College. Their on-campus experience will further prepare them to be successful in college.”
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