A Governor’s Technology Award goes to 4-VA-sponsored JMU X-Labs

(Left) Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, JMU Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance Charles King, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, 4-VA Executive Director Nick Swayne, 4-VA Assistant Director Kelsey Tate and JMU Assistant Vice President of Information Technology Dale Hulvey

JMU innovation earns high praise

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A JMU maker space that encourages and facilitates cross-disciplinary courses where students address real world problems using a variety of technology has received a Governor’s Technology Award.

JMU X-Labs, which is housed in Lakeview Hall, received one of two awards for innovative use of technology in education. JMU faculty also are involved in the other project to win an award for innovative use of technology in education, the Virginia Cyber Range. The awards were presented Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Richmond during the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium.

In recommending JMU X-Labs for an award, the staff stated, “employers want newly hired graduates to have hands-on experience, be able to start solving real problems on Day One, effectively work with others on a team, and produce value for their companies. The courses and student projects that come out of JMU X-Labs produce just that — experienced problem-solving teams that are trained in the latest technology.” Read more.