Through a partnership with IALR, Virginia State University (VSU), New College Institute (NCI), Danville Community College (DCC), Pittsylvania County Public Schools, and Danville City Public Schools, students enrolled in the  Academy for Engineering and Technology (AET) program will have the opportunity to participate in engineering, math, and English courses for college credit. 

Students will also participate in many experiential learning activities throughout the curriculum to apply their academic knowledge to on-the-job situations.

Students enrolled in AET will focus on the design of software and processes, have completed, will be concurrently enrolled in, or must complete during senior year, calculus-level math, and may go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering or technology upon completion of the program. All students will receive certificates detailing the program they completed and the skills they developed and an opportunity to complete an internship as well as attend numerous on-site industry visits. The program is housed at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, Virginia.

The two year engineering curriculum is comprised of courses that will focus on theory and design. Design in engineering provides the creation of new facilities, machinery, goods, materials, and life needs. Students enrolled in the engineering track will take advantage of many projects, lectures, and assignments that focus on design, construction, and project management. Some examples of engineering design are jet aircrafts and personal vehicles. Engineers are team leaders that plan, design and supervise engineering projects from concept to completion. Engineers solve problems by relying on their creative and academic skills. You should enjoy problem solving and be challenged by the effort it requires. Additionally, students will actively engage in lab experiments and projects and work with faculty and industry to promote their ability to innovate and design components and processes (Da Vinci Innovators).


AET Benefits:

  • The opportunity to earn a certificate in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Gain valuable knowledge and experience in careers for which employers are hiring
  • Opportunities for a paid internship within the fields of engineering and technology
  • Earn college credits that will transfer to engineering and technology degree programs at VSU
  • Become a leader in the next generation of workforce talent

Danville Public Schools Pittsylvania County Schools New College Institute
Danville Community College Virginia State University Institute for Advanced Learning and Research