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”)

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

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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