How We Inspire

The Advanced Learning team inspires the community to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) from a young age through adulthood. According to a study by the National Science and Math Initiative, STEM job creation over the next 10 years will outpace non-STEM jobs significantly. STEM workers can also expect higher salaries. IALR recognizes the importance of STEM education and workforce training for both the nation and region’s success. The Advanced Learning division offers STEM programs throughout the year to expose students to STEM in hopes that they may develop an interest in these critical areas.

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Director of Advanced Learning

Julie Brown, PhD

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Office: 434.766.6711
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Exploration & Exposure

Career Connections Labs
Career Connections Labs

Exposing middle schoolers to machining, welding, IT, healthcare, robotics, mechatronics and advanced materials with GO Virginia and GO TEC partners.

Class Field Trips
Class Field Trips

Customized to fit your needs from hands-on science activities to tours of our labs and greenhouses. Learn how we impact Southern Virginia.

SOVA Career Choice Youth Expo
SOVA Career Choice Youth Expo

Showing more than 4,000 students local career opportunities, area employers and training requirements in a hands-on atmosphere.

STEM Learning Opportunities

Loaner Lab Program
Loaner Lab Program

Encouraging classroom STEM activities by allowing educators to borrow robotics, vernier and biotechnology equipment. Training available.

Mobile Inspiration Lab
Mobile Inspiration Lab

Bringing STEM inspiration and activities to schools and organizations with a 45-foot mobile lab equipped with hands-on demonstrations.

Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit
Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit

Introducing Southern Virginia students to STEM-H career paths. Offering STEM-H educators professional development opportunities.

STEM Camps
STEM Camps

Continuing children's learning experience when school is out of session. Hands-on activities with drones, Minecraft and more extends the fun.

High School Programs

Academy for Engineering & Technology
Academy for Engineering & Technology

Enabling high school students to take dual-enrollment engineering courses to expedite their training for this in-demand career path.

Piedmont Governor's School for Math, Science and Technology
Piedmont Governor's School for Math, Science and Technology

Offering advanced, dual-enrollment classes to high school students wishing to prepare early for college and future career opportunities.

Internships
Internships

Helping students prepare for their future with experiential learning in the real world through paid internship opportunities with IALR and others.

Scholarships
Scholarships

Supporting students' dreams and career goals with the financial support to complete training programs and/or college.

How Can We help you succeed?