High Tech Academy

HIGH TECH ACADEMY (HTA)  (Course numbers: “See Table below”)

acecolorhswebvsOffered at the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Highland Springs

(Credits: “See Table below”)

The High Tech Academy (HTA) is a dual-credit enrollment program offered by Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Located at Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs, this collaborative program prepares secondary students for future careers in high tech industries.

Students in this two-year program follow a rigorous academic curriculum which incorporates industrial applications in a high tech atmosphere. Working in teams through project based learning, the students engage in coursework in advanced mathematics and science within the framework of high tech industrial applications. HTA students can receive up to 28 dual enrollment credit hours through VCU. Applicants must be registered in a Henrico County high school. Two curriculum tracks are available based on the student’s math background (see below). A completed application, transcript, and three teacher recommendations (science, mathematics, and 1 other) are required.

Students prepare for the NOCTI Pre-engineering certification exam, taken during their second year. HTA completer who pass this exam may qualify to receive the Governor’s Seal, VDOE Advanced Mathematics and Technology seal as well as the VDOE Career and Technical Education Seal. For more info on Diploma Seals please click here.

An orientation at VCU prior to attending High Tech Academy is required.

Sample Four-Year Curriculum

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English 9 English 10 English 11 English 12
Social Studies Social Studies Virginia & US History Virginia & US Government
Health and P.E. Health and P.E. *World Language *World Language
*World Language *World Language Elective Elective
Track 1 Offered Every Year
Track 1 Geometry Algebra II VCU Precalculus (4cr.  VCU) VCU Calculus (8 cr. VCU)
Track 1 Earth Science Biology VCU Chemistry**(8 cr. VCU) VCU Physics** (8 cr. VCU)
Track 1 Elective Elective Engineering Explorations I Honors Engineering Analysis & Applications II Honors
Track 2 Not Offered Every Year
Track 2 Algebra Geometry Algebra II Honors VCU Precalculus (4 cr. VCU)
Track 2 Earth Science Biology VCU Physics** (8 cr. VCU) VCU Chemestry** (8 cr. VCU)
Track 2 Elective Elective Engineering Explorations I Honors Engineering Analysis & Applications II Honors
  • *Note: Refer to Section 1 to determine which graduation requirements apply to you.
  • **VCU Sciences may be taken in any order.
  • For information, call the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs 804-328-4075


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ACE Center at Highland Springs Student Application

High Tech Academy Student Application

Henrico’s CTE High Tech Academy is a dual credit course with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Click here to calculate VCU’s Tuition, Fees & Other Expenses Undergraduate, Graduate & Professional Students.

Henrico County Public Schools pays the VCU tuition for each CTE High Tech Academy student.

For questions please click here to email the Pre-Engineering and Industrial Careers, Agricultural Education, and JROTC specialist or visit their page here.

Desired Aptitudes: Students should have a strong interest and background in math and science. Completion of Algebra II (preferably honors) is required before admission.


Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):


Job Summary


Aerospace Engineers Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft,   satellites, and missiles. $97,480
Agricultural Engineers Agricultural engineers—also known as biological   and agricultural engineers—work on a variety of activities. These activities   range from aquaculture (raising food, such as fish, that thrive in water) to   land farming to forestry. $71,090
Architects Architects plan and design buildings and other   structures. $72,550
Biomedical Engineers Biomedical engineers analyze and design   solutions to problems in biology and medicine. $81,540
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists Cartographers and photogrammetrists measure,   analyze, and interpret geographic information to create maps and charts for   political, cultural, educational, and other purposes. $54,510
Chemical Engineers Chemical engineers apply the principles of   chemistry, biology, and physics to solve problems. These problems involve the   production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. $90,300
Civil Engineers Civil engineers design and supervise large   construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams,   bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. $77,560
Computer Hardware Engineers Computer hardware engineers research, design,   develop, and test computer equipment such as chips, circuit boards, or   routers to create rapid advancement in computer technology. $98,810
Drafters Drafters use software to convert the designs of   engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans to build   everything from microchips to skyscrapers. $47,880
Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and   supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors,   radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation   equipment. $87,180
Environmental Engineers Environmental engineers use the principles of   engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to   environmental problems such as control of water and air pollution. $78,740
Industrial Engineers Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate   wastefulness in production processes. $76,100
Landscape Architects Landscape architects plan and design land areas   for parks, recreational facilities, highways, airports, and other properties. $62,090
Materials Engineers Materials engineers develop, process, and test   materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and   aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis. $83,120
Mechanical Engineers Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest   engineering disciplines. $78,160
Nuclear Engineers Nuclear engineers research and develop the   processes, instruments, and systems used to get benefits from nuclear energy   and radiation. $99,920
Petroleum Engineers Petroleum engineers design and develop methods   for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. $114,080