The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has received funding for two AmeriCorps programs and is seeking applicants for service members to start Sept. 1.

“We are excited to continue the AmeriCorps program and the tangible benefits provided to our members as well as our communities they serve,” said Dr. Julie Brown, Director of Advanced Learning at IALR. “Not only do service members enjoy mentoring and tutoring students on STEM and computer science activities, but they also develop themselves for the next step in their professional career, gain high-quality training, and receive a stipend and an educational award.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded IALR a grant for a new ServeIT program to support eight full-time AmeriCorps members as they mentor Danville and Pittsylvania County students in computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related activities. A pre-apprenticeship program, ServeIT will prepare economically disadvantaged young adults with information technology (IT) and work readiness skills, help them earn certifications and place them in IT apprenticeships or other employment at the end of their service year. IALR, Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) and J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust funds also support this program. Three positions remain open.

CNCS, IALR and DRF have also funded the existing Dan River Year (DRY) program at IALR. This regional program is designed to build the area’s STEM capacity by addressing literacy challenges. Many DRY members are placed in middle schools to combat this issue, and others are placed in service positions within the community; in total, there are over 15 service sites. Remaining positions include 900-hour positions at: middle schools in Danville, Halifax, Martinsville and Pittsylvania County; Danville Science Center; IALR; and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. A 300-hour position remains open as well at Danville Church-Based Tutorial sites.

“Being an AmeriCorps member has afforded me the opportunity to return to college where I am earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and setting new goals,” said Audia Harris, who serves currently as an AmeriCorps member through IALR’s DRY program. She was named as the February 2018 Virginia AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador. “I work with great people and educators, and they encourage me to continue to have a positive impact on the lives that I touch each day. I am proud to be an AmeriCorps member!” 

Audia Harris, Current IALR AmeriCorps Member and February 2018 Virginia AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador

AmeriCorps members receive a stipend and Segal Education Award for their service. To apply, candidates should submit resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, those interested may visit bit.ly/IALRAmeriCorps or contact Dana Silicki at (434) 766-6729.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, conference center services and economic development efforts. The Institute’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is pleased to announce Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointment of Lott T. Rogers Jr. to the IALR’s board of trustees for a three-year term. Rogers, a financial consultant for AXA Advisors in Halifax, served previously as the chair of the IALR Foundation board. His years in financial consulting, manufacturing and civic engagement will continue to benefit IALR’s leadership and help shape economic transformation efforts. 

Lott T. Rogers, Jr.
Lott T. Rogers, Jr.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Rogers to our board of trustees and look forward to leveraging his knowledge and diverse experience,” said former Delegate Donald Merricks, chairman of the IALR’s board of trustees and chairman, president and CEO of Virginia Bank and Trust Company. “After serving on the IALR Foundation board and given his expertise, Lott is a natural fit to help our board of trustees guide operations, strategic planning and interactions with stakeholders.”

Prior to his financial consulting position, which he has held for 14 years, Rogers worked for more than 30 years in various management positions within the manufacturing industry. He has amassed significant community achievements, including serving as past president of the Danville Rotary Club, the Halifax Mentor Role Model Program and the former Washington-Coleman Elementary School PTO. He also led the construction and fundraising efforts for the Halifax/South Boston American Youth Soccer Organization Center.

“Mr. Rogers has remained an excellent leader in both the private and public sectors,” said Delegate James E. Edmunds II. “He has served the IALR Foundation’s board well for the region, and I am pleased that he has agreed to continue his commitment on IALR’s board of trustees.”

IALR is governed by a 15-member board of trustees consisting of the presidents or their designees of Averett University, Danville Community College and Virginia Tech; the chairman or his designee of the board of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation; one resident of the City of Danville to be appointed by the Danville City Council; one resident of Pittsylvania County to be appointed by the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors; and nine citizens representing business and industry and residing in Southside Virginia, three to be appointed by the governor, three to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and three to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Delegates.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, conference center services and economic development efforts. The Institute’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

Danville Community College (DCC) and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) are pleased to announce the election of Jeremiah Williams, DCC’s Director of Integrated Machine Technology, to the national Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Council. Williams oversees the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining at IALR and is one of 15 HTEC Council members for the 2018-2019 term. 

Jeremiah Williams

“We are very proud of Jeremiah and all of his accomplishments in support of creating a work-ready community in Southern Virginia. His representation on the HTEC Council will ensure that the role of community colleges in workforce development continues to grow exponentially,” said DCC President Dr. Bruce Scism.

Williams serves as one of the community college representatives on the HTEC Council and was elected by HTEC Network members during the 2018 HTEC Americas Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Educators Conference, hosted by DCC at IALR. A graduate himself of DCC’s Precision Machining Technology program, Williams worked as a senior machinist at one of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s top employers, Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, before returning to DCC to assume his current leadership role. He played a critical role in developing the third-year Capstone program at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining at IALR.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Jeremiah and our region to continue our voice on the national stage for CNC machining education,” said Mark Gignac, Executive Director of IALR. “As a product himself of DCC’s renowned curriculum, Jeremiah has been instrumental in helping create a capacity of future skilled workers to enter the advanced manufacturing workforce—thereby, attracting and retaining high-quality employers.” 

“The fact that Jeremiah’s professional peers elected him to the national HTEC Council clearly demonstrates the level of respect he has garnered in his field,” said Troy Simpson, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at IALR. “His election is a testament for how DCC’s innovative approach to skilled training is becoming a model for how to prepare technicians to be globally competitive in advanced manufacturing.”

The HTEC Council includes representatives from universities, community and technical colleges, and high schools. It serves as a guiding council for the HTEC Network, an industry- and education-led initiative that enables manufacturing technology educators and their schools to acquire the latest CNC machine tools and related CNC ancillary equipment, software and educational materials. The network’s goal centers on producing work-ready CNC machinists, programmers and engineers for today’s industrial employers. 

For more information about Danville Community College’s more than 100 programs of study and short-term career training options, visit www.danville.edu or call 434-797-8594.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, conference center services and economic development efforts. The Institute’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

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