Graduates of the Academy for Engineering and Technology (AET) located at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and their families were recently honored at a special breakfast.  AET students are from Pittsylvania County and Danville City Schools.  The two-year engineering program is focused on theory and design.

AET students participate in many experiential learning activities throughout the curriculum to apply their academic knowledge to on-the-job situations and have the opportunity to participate in engineering, math, and English courses for college credit.

“It is an honor to say we now have 40 graduates from IALR’s AET program.  Engineering is a field that many students don’t know whether they will really be interested in until they have already begun college.  The AET program gives students a great opportunity to learn about and experience engineering first-hand before going away to college.  As you can see by the large number of students intending to major in engineering, the program confirmed their interest and ability to grasp the difficult engineering concepts while they were still in high school so they can begin college confident in their choice,” said Dana Silicki, IALR Advanced Learning Coordinator.

The AET 2017 Valedictorian is Dustin Holley and the Salutatorian is Raphael Bianchi.

Link to Breakfast Photos

Graduate Photo (left to right):

First row:  Arielle Hunt, attending North Carolina A&T State University to study Chemical Engineering; Emilia Kinsley attending DCC; Janaya Jones attending Elon University; Dustin Holleyattending Virginia Tech to study Aerospace Engineering

Second row:  Ryan Gillie attending Rochester Institute of Technology to study Computer Science; Hunter Beck attending George Mason University to study Mechanical Engineering; Levi Smith attending George Mason University to study Mechanical Engineering; Bryce Reynolds attending George Mason University to study Engineering

Third row: Payton McGarvey enlisting in the US Air Force; Jon Stephens attending Averett University to study Music & Education/Computer Science minor; Chandler Eskey attending Christopher Newport University to study Engineering; Johnte Lipford attending the University of Kentucky to study Electrical Engineering

Back row:  Mitchell Doss attending Randolph College to study Engineering Physics-Biomedical; Raphael Bianchi attending James Madison University to study Engineering or enlisting in the Swiss Service; Will Crumpton attending Western Carolina University to study Mechanical or Systems Engineering; and Harrison Cook attending Virginia Commonwealth University to study Computer Science

Not Pictured:  Tahvon Davis attending Virginia Military Institute to study Mechanical Engineering; Ian Jefferson attending Danville Community College to study Computer Science; Adrian Manzanoattending Virginia Commonwealth University to study Computer Science; David Ragsdaleattending Virginia Tech to study Engineering; Victoria Shirey attending Longwood University to study Communication Science & Disorders; and Roman West attending Virginia Tech to study Aerospace Engineering