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High Tech Academy


Program Synopsis: High Tech Academy (HTA) is a 2 year pre-engineering/college-prep program where students are registered for advanced, dual-credit math and science courses receiving up to 28 college credits from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) (as listed below). Students also take a two-year sequence of high school engineering courses. All classes are reflected as honors level on the high school transcript. There is no charge to the individual for the dual-credit hours; tuition is paid by Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS).

HTA (First & Second Year Courses): VCU Pre-calculus (4 credit hours), VCU Calculus (8 credit hours), VCU Chemistry (8 credit hours) and VCU Physics (8 credit hours), Introduction to Engineering Advanced Engineering.



Dr. Ulises Reveles was born in Mexico City and graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry by the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute.

His teaching experience includes a range of courses in Chemistry, Math, Physics, Science and Technology, and General Education in High School and College. He enjoys running and biking, listening to classic music (Bach is his favorite), and learning about science simulations, videos, and experiments, that he uses in his classes to engage students and to develop their critical thinking.



Dr. Steven L. Herr graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. degree, double major in Mathematics and Physics. Continued studying Physics at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics. This was followed by a three year Post-doctoral position at the University of Florida studying high Temperature superconductors and seven years teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor of Physics  before teaching physics at Henrico County Public Schools.


Desired Aptitudes: Students should have a strong interest and background in math and science. Completion of Algebra II (preferably honors) is a required prior to admission.

Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):


Job Summary


Aerospace Engineers Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft,   satellites, and missiles. $97,480
Agricultural Engineers Agricultural engineers—also known as biological   and agricultural engineers—work on a variety of activities. These activities   range from aquaculture (raising food, such as fish, that thrive in water) to   land farming to forestry. $71,090
Architects Architects plan and design buildings and other   structures. $72,550
Biomedical Engineers Biomedical engineers analyze and design   solutions to problems in biology and medicine. $81,540
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists Cartographers and photogrammetrists measure,   analyze, and interpret geographic information to create maps and charts for   political, cultural, educational, and other purposes. $54,510
Chemical Engineers Chemical engineers apply the principles of   chemistry, biology, and physics to solve problems. These problems involve the   production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. $90,300
Civil Engineers Civil engineers design and supervise large   construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams,   bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. $77,560
Computer Hardware Engineers Computer hardware engineers research, design,   develop, and test computer equipment such as chips, circuit boards, or   routers to create rapid advancement in computer technology. $98,810
Drafters Drafters use software to convert the designs of   engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans to build   everything from microchips to skyscrapers. $47,880
Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and   supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors,   radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation   equipment. $87,180
Environmental Engineers Environmental engineers use the principles of   engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to   environmental problems such as control of water and air pollution. $78,740
Industrial Engineers Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate   wastefulness in production processes. $76,100
Landscape Architects Landscape architects plan and design land areas   for parks, recreational facilities, highways, airports, and other properties. $62,090
Materials Engineers Materials engineers develop, process, and test   materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and   aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis. $83,120
Mechanical Engineers Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest   engineering disciplines. $78,160
Nuclear Engineers Nuclear engineers research and develop the   processes, instruments, and systems used to get benefits from nuclear energy   and radiation. $99,920
Petroleum Engineers Petroleum engineers design and develop methods   for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. $114,080


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