Tech Fest for K-12 students at the Hybla Valley Community Center

HYBLA VALLEY, VA – Fairfax County Supervisor Rodney Lusk along with George Mason University President Gregory Washington and the Center for Workforce Innovation and Skills are hosting a STEAM Festival on Saturday free for K-12 students. Hybla Valley Community Center.

Saturday’s event follows the October 8 grand opening of the Workforce Innovation and Skills Centeror WISH, a center located inside the Community Center that aims to expand employment opportunities for residents living along the Richmond Freeway corridor.

Nearly 360 students have registered for the event so far and more than 60 volunteers will be on hand. STEAM Fest is one of many upcoming events for Southeast Fairfax County residents, including youth, to gain expertise in emerging technologies and employment opportunities.

“Providing the next generation of workforce with access to emerging technologies is key to sparking their interest in high-paying technology or science careers,” Franconia district supervisor Lusk said in a statement.

“STEAM Fest is an opportunity to expose our local youth to technologies that are typically out of reach for those in the Richmond Freeway Corridor, Springfield and other Southeast Fairfax communities,” said Lusk said.

In May, Fairfax County held an inauguration ceremony celebrating the opening of the Hybla Valley Community Center. Located at 7950 Audubon Avenue, the center offers recreational activities, workshops and educational programs to residents of the area west of the Richmond Expressway.

Fairfax County purchased the facility, originally the Mount Vernon Tennis and Racquet Club, in May 2020. The county then made several upgrades to the facility before it opened.

The community center also houses TO WISHwhich is operated by Melwood, a non-profit employment services organization with over 60 years of experience in the area.

Melwood will be supported by a local technology and problem-solving company, Building Momentum, which specializes in technology and skills-based training. Building momentum was co-founded by Albert Vega, who announced last month that he plans to seek the Democratic nomination in 2023 for the Springfield District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Residents interested in attending STEAM Fest can register for free on the event website. Residents interested in volunteering for the event can register on a separate website.

STEAM Fest will take place Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hybla Valley Community, Center, 7950 Audubon Ave., Alexandria.

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