|Who We Are|
The mission of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is to advance southern Virginia’s economic potential through education, innovation, and collaboration. Located on the service area fringes of the closest community colleges and more than 75 minutes from the nearest state supported four-year institution, the SVHEC provides vital educational access and workforce training to an under-served rural population. By serving as an incubator, broker, and developer of innovative educational and applied research pathways, the SVHEC is focused on re-tooling southern Virginia’s rural workforce for jobs in the New Economy.
Since 1986 the SVHEC has provided access to affordable post-secondary education by forging unique alliances with a variety of academic and industry partners. Originally funded with Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) funds combined with local monies and private donations, the SVHEC began operations out of a 500 square foot mobile unit on the grounds of the local high school. Thanks to a long history of community-based support, the SVHEC has grown from serving a handful of students in its original location to serving an annual unduplicated headcount of more than 6,000 business and academic customers in 2012.
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A time elapse video showing the amount of traffic coming in and out of the SVHEC on a typical day. Serving more than 6,000 customers means we're a busy place!
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