By Prue Salasky
4:53 PM EDT, July 24, 2013
Of the 8 Health Sciences Academies in Virginia public schools, the Peninsula has its fair share. In June, Gov. Bob McDonnell approved one for the Gloucester County Public Schools and Mathews County Public Schools; they'll enroll up to 100 students in classes offered at both counties' high schools.
Students will participate in workplace-learning experiences through partnerships with Riverside School of Health Careers and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.
The new academy joined those at Bethel High in Hampton, Warwick High in Newport News and Bruton High in York County.
Each academy represents a partnership between public school divisions, healthcare institutions, the private sector and institutions of higher education to prepare students for careers in the health sector.
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