“Something that was beneficial for me was learning to ask questions at the end of my interview.”
- Chasity Robertson / Nottoway County
"The trip to Asphire was both informative and fun. It helped me widen my horizon about the working field and opened my eyes to new possibilities."
- King Catubig / Lunenburg County
The AspHIRE mock interview day provides valuable experience to high school students across Southern Virginia, exposing them to important workplace skills and allowing them to experience an authentic interview process.
- Jessie Vernon / IALR
I love that scientists work together to solve problems
- Gavin Maxey / Sacred Heart
“My students enjoy preparing for this program every year. Our hope is to inspire younger students to enjoy learning about science by showing them how it relates to everyday fun activities."
- Susan Propst / PGSMST
The workflow cell training lab at The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will put Southside Virginia on the map for advanced learning. This unique center’s one-of-a-kind workforce training approach is positioned to garner well-deserved national attention from employers and potential industry prospects. The partnership between Gene Haas Automation Inc., The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and Danville Community College is a collaborative effort that will pay off now and in the future for the region and state.
- The Honorable Terry McAuliffe
It has given me a large increase in my pool of knowledge. It has also given me a meaningful experience that will follow me for my entire life. It has helped me to solidify my passion for science and my desire to pursue a career in the STEM field.
- Lance Hardcastle
I am pleased with the opportunities the Foundation has provided to students and educators in our footprint. We believe these opportunities are a significant investment in IALR’s workforce and economic development efforts.
- Kris Willard / IALR
IALR is the type of education facility that can transform a region.
- Barry DuVal / Virginia Chamber
This year’s nominees and award recipients represent the creativity and STEM-H leadership in our region. Their commitment to STEM-H in the region ensures we have a vibrant workforce equipped with the skills needed to participate in an innovative economy
- Jessie Vernon / IALR
For some youth, this is the first time they have been exposed to how STEM topics can integrate into traditional trades, like agriculture. It gives youth the vision to revolutionize the way precision agriculture is done, and expand their field of view to the variety of STEM careers they can pursue.
- Daniel Hale / Danville 4-H
Pittsylvania County Public Schools greatly appreciates the partnership established with the Advanced Learning Department of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. This department provides many STEM opportunities for teachers and students to extend learning and explore new areas. The Academy for Engineering and Technology (AET) is one example of the impact that is being realized. Sixteen seniors from Pittsylvania County Schools completed the AET program this year and earned college credits in engineering, math, and English.
- Dr. Mark Jones / Pittsylvania County Public Schools
We were fortunate to have a talented and passionate group of interns. Their dedication to learning was contagious, and is an indicator of the community's future success.