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HCPS, JSRCC to partner on Advance College Academy

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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

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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