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Albemarle Tech ready for its first class

When Albemarle County schools open on Wednesday, 21 students will begin a year of school unlike any they have experienced before. Albemarle Tech: The Center for Creativity and Invention is a new student center housed in 42,000 square feet of leased space in the former Comdial building in Seminole Place. Students will spend part of […]

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CBIC honors local tech entrepreneurs, students, teachers

Eleven leaders in tech — from high school students to large companies — were honored Thursday night during the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s annual awards gala. The CBIC, a nonprofit council of technology-related businesses, organizes the gala every year to celebrate the area’s achievements in innovation. “There’s so many things happening in Charlottesville, but it’s […]

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Albemarle Planning Commission approves high school center

The Albemarle County Planning Commission on Tuesday cleared the way for the county school division to open a high school student center in the Seminole Place industrial facility. In December, the Albemarle County School Board voted to pursue the phased construction of satellite centers to expand the county’s high school enrollment capacity. Students would go […]

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How can Charlottesville build an inclusive tech sector?

Knatokie Ford has an excellent resumé. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental pathology from Harvard University and helped to shape science and technology policy in the Obama White House — twice. Ford also founded Fly Sci Enterprise, a Washington, D.C-based company that uses science and technology to create social change. But her journey to success has not […]

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MESA students win big at regional science fair

Albemarle High School student Jee-Ho Kim found inspiration for an award-winning science project in the depths of city sewers. Kim, a junior in Albemarle’s Math, Engineering and Science Academy, recently was chosen as one of two Grand Award winners at the 2018 Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair. Her project examined “fatbergs,” huge masses of congealed […]

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CATEC board rules out relocation to PVCC

The future of the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center will not include a new home at Piedmont Virginia Community College.   “Sometimes the grass is not greener on the other side,” said Juandiego Wade, chairman of both the CATEC board and the Charlottesville School Board. “But we will make the changes that we need to […]

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Murray High charter extended to enable thorough revision

While drafting a new school charter to better prepare its students for the future, Murray High School has found inspiration in the school’s original planning documents from 30 years ago. Albemarle County’s public charter schools, Murray High and the Community Public Charter School, are designed to serve students at risk of dropping out or failing […]

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County schools present classroom technologies for “Digital Tomorrow”

In years past, most high school students could study the human heart only through pictures in textbooks. Today, Albemarle County high-schoolers can view a beating heart on interactive, 3-D displays, rotating and magnifying it to observe the movement of each valve. County school division staff hosted an open house event Thursday to introduce School Board […]