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HCPS, JSRCC to partner on Advance College Academy

Students will be able to earn concurrent degrees through program2341
Henrico County Public Schools and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College announced today that they have partnered to create the Advance College Academy (ACA), a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school students to earn an Associate of Science in Social Science degree in addition to a high school diploma.

“The program gives our kids the opportunity to go through a very rigorous but also a very rewarding program,” said Henrico Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pat Russo, who explained that the program is the first of its kind in Virginia to offer both an associate degree and a high school diploma.

“By the time these students graduate from high school, they would have earned 61 college credits,” added Reynolds President Gary L. Rhodes. “Students who successfully complete the program would be able to transfer to many of Virginia's public and private colleges and
universities.”

The pilot program will launch in the fall of 2011 with 50 students in two classes. ACA will be located at Tucker High School. There is no charge for students to enroll in the program or to earn an associate degree through the program.

Eighth-grade students who qualify to apply to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School are eligible to apply to ACA. The selection process will include components of the application process to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and Henrico County Public Schools specialty centers. An application for enrollment to ACA is currently posted on the Henrico County Public Schools’ Web site.

Enrolled students will take advanced high school courses during their freshman and sophomore years. They will begin college-level courses beginning the summer prior to their junior year.

“The goal of high school is to prepare students for further education,” says Eric Jones, executive director of secondary education for HCPS. “This program meets that goal while allowing students a significant head start on earning a four-year degree that is a necessity to be successful in the 21st century. During these dire economic times, earning 61 college credits at no cost to parents or students is equally important.”

To ensure the quality of the program, HCPS and J. Sargeant Reynolds are currently seeking accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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