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STEM Summer School is Cool!

Since 2000, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee has hosted more than 1,100 students and teachers from some of Appalachia’s most economically distressed counties to work directly with award-winning scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) through the ARC/ORNL Summer STEM program. During the program, high school and middle school students, as well as high school teachers, conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects in a free residential and experiential learning setting. For many of these students, it is often their first direct exposure to applied science, STEM education, and related entrepreneurship opportunities. Meanwhile, the Region’s high school science, technology, education, and math teachers gain intensive professional training from some of the country’s leading scientists. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work. “It’s all about exposing kids to STEM related careers and seeing one of the top national facilities in the world,” said Alex Bowman, a ARC/ORNL Summer STEM program alum.

Application season is currently open, and potential participants in this opportunity must apply via their state’s ARC program manager. To be eligible, students must attend a public school in the Appalachian Region. While there are no family income nor grade point average requirements, additional consideration is given to applicants who show potential in math and/or science and are not currently taking higher-level classes, but may consider taking such classes with additional encouragement; as well as students from families who might not have access to the financial resources to participate in comparable intensive STEM training. Priority is also given to students who would be first-generation college-bound. More information about the application process and pending deadlines is available at

The Nuts and Bolts of Small Business Workshop was filmed at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and hosted by the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation. Virginia Community Capital lead the conversation with guests from Sonabank, Small Business Administration, The Advancement Foundation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Video Here.



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Governor Northam Announces WestRock to Upgrade Covington and Alleghany County Operations
COVINGTON—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, will invest $248.4 million in its manufacturing operations in the City of Covington and Alleghany County over a five-year period. These investments will be used to purchase new equipment designed to improve productivity at the paper mill and extruding facility, as well as to increase employee training.  Full release here.

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