The GO Virginia State Board awarded $540,000 to Winchester Public Schools to renovate the former 50,000 square-foot John Kerr Elementary School into the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center, an advanced facility for career and technical education programs. Winchester Public Schools and Clarke County Public Schools will provide the local funding match and partner with Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions and regional industries to implement the project.
Curriculum at the new center will be offered through a Professional Skills Academy, a Health Sciences Academy, and an Information Technology Academy. These academies will be supported by an expanded Work-Based Learning program to connect students to regional businesses filling high-wage jobs within these targeted industries. The seven-phase renovation project is scheduled to be completed in September of 2020.
GO Virginia Region 8 is comprised of the 16 localities in the CSPDC and the Northern Shenandoah Regional Commission regions. The CSPDC provides staff support to the Region 8 council and assists with GO Virginia project development and applications.