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Arlington Career Center Naming Process

As the construction of a new facility for the Arlington Career Center (ACC) begins, the School Board initiated a naming process for the new ACC building. On Jan. 25, 2024, the School Board approved the ACC naming committee comprised of staff, students, families, and community members. The committee’s charge is to either reaffirm the current name or propose a new name for the building. This is not a process to rename any of the programs within ACC. The committee will follow the guidance for renaming within School Board Policy F-6.1 Naming of Facilities in conducting this process from January 2024 – May 2024.

On May 16, 2024, the School Board approved the new name Grace Hopper Center for the Arlington Career Center facility.

View Naming Committee Timeline below for more information.

Naming Committee for the New Arlington Career Center Building

View the Naming Committee Members

Community Engagement

Community engagement will be part of the committee’s work as they solicit recommendations and input from their corresponding constituent groups.

Engagement may include the following:

  • Reaching out to the member that is associated with your group to ask questions or share your ideas
  • Asking a committee member to talk with your group or share the meeting summaries with your group
  • Participating when opportunities arise for the community to provide feedback (through survey or other opportunities)
  • Sharing information on your organization’s listserv or email group


School Community Engagement: January – May 2024

  • Appoint committee members
  • Establish Committee meeting schedule
  • Develop recommended name with input from the community

Committee Meeting Dates and Topics

Committee Meeting #1 – January 31, 2024

Committee Meeting #2 – February 28, 2024

Committee Meeting #3 – April 17, 2024

 School Board Meeting Schedule:

  • Appoint Naming Committee Members – Consent – January 25, 2024
  • Information Item – May 9, 2024; Chair Dr. Barbara Kanninen presented recommendations of the naming committee
  • Action Item – May 16, 2024; School Board made a motion to approve Grace Hopper Center as the new name for the new Arlington Career Center facility.
    • Name will take effect when building will open in Fall 2026.

Arlington Career Center Project

The School Board approved the Arlington Career Center Schematic Design at the Oct. 27, 2022 School Board Meeting. The base educational specifications for the building will accommodate 1,550 students for a cost of $182.42 million. A majority of the funds for this project was incorporated in the 2022 School Bond Referendum. The new Arlington Career Center Building will be completed in December 2025 and all phases of the project are scheduled to be completed by April 2027.

For additional information on this project, please visit the Arlington Career Center Project webpage.

For additional information or questions,  please email engage@apsva.us or call and text 571-200-2770.