HIGH TECH ACADEMY (HTA) (Course numbers: “See Table below”)
Offered at the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Highland Springs
(Credits: “See Table below”)
High Tech Academy (HTA) is a multi-discipline program offering math, science and engineering. Students are dual enrolled with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and can obtain up to 28 VCU college credit hours for their mathematics and science coursework. Henrico County pays the tuition for the dual-credit hours. Students learn the communication skills necessary to either enhance their studying proficiency in higher education or establish their creative ideas in the workplace. Students work in teams to solve problems incorporating advanced mathematics and science. VCU classes are weighted similarly to AP courses in the high school GPA calculation; engineering is weighted as honors. NOTE: A one-day orientation on the Monday following final exams is required before attending HTA.
|Class Name||Year Offered during Program||HCPS Course Number(s)||HCPS Credit||VCU Course Number(s)||VCU Credits|
|VCU Pre-Calculus||Year 1||D3162A||1||MATH 151||4|
|VCU Chemistry||Year 1 or 2||D4410A or D4420A||1||CHEM 101, CHEZ 101, CHEM 102, CHEZ 102||8|
|Engineering Explorations||Year 1||8450XA||1||none|
|VCU Calculus||Year 2||D3170A||1||MATH 200, MATH 201||8|
|VCU Physics||Year 1 or 2||D4510A or D4520A||1||PHYS 101, PHYZ 101, PHYS 107||8|
|Engineering Studies||Year 2||8491XA||1||none|
Henrico’s CTE High Tech Academy is a dual credit course with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Click here to see the VCU Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Tuition, Fees & Other Expenses Undergraduate, Graduate & Professional Students.
VCU School of Engineering Majors Tuition Differential Undergrad (per semester) Example Compared to Henrico CTE Student Cost.
Part-Time VA Resident – $53.58 per credit hour – Non-Resident – $73.92 per credit hour.
Engineering Lab Fee – $65.
Henrico County Public Schools pays the VCU tuition for each CTE High Tech Academy student.
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):
|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|