Welcome to The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration. My name is Jerome Johnson and I am the principal of this learning center for middle school students in Franklin County, Virginia. The Gereau Center opened in September, 1997, and is an innovative approach to educating students for the 21st century. The program is student centered, combining challenging academic standards, integrating critical thinking skills, and incorporating the Virginia Standards of Learning in English, mathematics, science, and social studies with technological skills and a problem-based learning approach.
At The Gereau Center, the curriculum delivery methodology is applied and hands-on. Students are immersed in real problems, units of study, and projects, guided toward practical solutions by instructors who function as facilitators. This opportunity to apply content shows students the real world application of their studies. The building is designed to resemble a corporate research center in which students learn.
The Gereau Center has a strong STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts/media, and mathematics) emphasis in the curriculum. Science and mathematics are offered as core courses, with importance placed on STREAM initiatives in the career exploration modules. Small, investigative teams are established that examine solutions for student-identified problems centered around a common theme. It is our belief that what students learn at The Gereau Center should be relevant to family, community, and workplace. We are performance-based, and work jointly with other educators, parents, and representatives from business, industry, and government. This is an exciting, educational experience for young people.
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