Friday, an official from the governor's office is spending time in Albemarle County schools assessing progress on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education - or STEM.
Meagan Healy met with some of the Health and Medical Sciences Academy students. The academy doubled their enrollment this year and they are piloting several new instructional methods - a sign, the school says, this region is making progress with STEM education.
"The community is hearing that we're looking to prepare kids for future jobs in health and medical sciences and that we really are looking to prepare kids in working together, being problem solvers, collaborators, innovators," said Katina Dudley, director of the Albemarle County Health and Medical Sciences academy.
Teachers say there are more jobs available in the STEM field than students to fill, so they hope to get more students interested in taking STEM courses.