Governor Terry McAuliffe kicked off the start of the school year at T.C. Williams International Academy where he met with students and spoke at a gathering of teachers, International Academy students, teachers, staff, ACPS partners, city and state officials and community members. The Governor was accompanied by Secretary of Education Dietra Trent.
The Governor discussed workforce preparation and readiness. He highlighted the benefits of the ACT WorkKeys job skills assessment and the impact that it has had on the lives of students who have been able to take advantage of it.
Superintendent Alvin Crawley cited the use of the WorkKeys assessment as a contributing factor in graduating 102 students from the International Academy in its inaugural graduation celebration.
Wilmer Gonzales, a member of the International Academy Class of 2016, spoke about his five unsuccessful attempts to pass the SOLs. But, thanks to the WorkKeys assessment, he was able to graduate this June in four years.
Yenmy Gabriella Martinez, also a member of the inaugural class presented Governor McAuliffe with a copy of the book, “Journey of the Titan,” which shares the stories of the students who were part of the first class to graduate from the International Academy, told in their own words.
View video from the First Day of school that includes the Governor’s visit:
The International Academy exemplifies ACPS 2020 Goal #1 – Academic Excellence and Educational Equity.