Virtual Reality Academy Gives Local Students a “Real World” Experience

MADISON, Alabama – Members of Madison City schools, KTech and students had a presentation about the new opportunities through the virtual reality program and attendees explained what the experience was like.

The Virtual Reality Beta Academy is a partnership with the Bob Jones High School Engineering Academy, which prepares students for a real-world experience through virtual reality. VR computer technology simulates a working environment.

Cameron Cummings, a rising senior at Bob Jones High School and a fellow of the Academy of Engineering, was one of the first five students to attend KTech Beta Academy.

“I was offered the opportunity, and I took the time to think about it and I said yes, then about a week and a half later I went to KTech for an interview to see if that was right for me. fit and I guess I exploded out of the water, ”Cummings told News 19 with a big smile.

The students who attended the academy spent hours producing a project that would test not only their academic skills but also their creative skills. Students who were part of the course could take the course as an internship.

Dorothy Havens, director of workforce development at KTech, said students who participate in the program can earn 3 transferable credits that will go to any college or community college in the country.

“Students in this class will have the opportunity to interview with a company in New York called ‘Transfer VR’ and ‘Transfer VR’ will add two students to do an internship so the VR academy can directly drive. to an internship and further education, ”Havens told News 19.

In early 2022, KTech will work with schools in the city of Madison, schools in the city of Huntsville and Madison County. Then in fall 2022, the class will be open to the general public.


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