On-Campus Offerings

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) offers educational opportunities on campus through many valuable partnerships:

The Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC supports entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owners with education, consulting and economic research. As the SVHEC works to advance the economic potential of southern Virginia, providing potential and existing businesses with access to the SBDC’s menu of free, confidential services is a tremendous asset. Read more here.

The Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP)

The ITTIP is a PK-12 outreach effort of Longwood University. The ITTIP team specializes in providing professional development for PK-12 teachers in best practices for teaching and incorporating technology into the classroom. A primary focus of ITTIP’s professional development is the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the classroom. At times, they also provide opportunities for students to become more engaged learners through the use of technology. The SVHEC’s focus on K-12 STEM-H outreach is a natural fit with ITTIP’s emphasis on helping K-12 teachers integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the classroom. Read more here.

Center of Nursing Excellence & Southside Virginia Area Health Education Center

The Center of Nursing Excellence (CNE) is a regional nursing education center for southern Virginia, housed in the SVHEC. The CNE includes a high-tech simulation lab equipped with medical equipment, supplies and high-fidelity manikins (human-shaped models used for clinical or surgical scenarios); a debriefing area equipped with video and audio playback of conducted simulations; a state-of-the-art classroom; and a five-bed skills lab replicating a hospital setting. Through advanced simulation technology, the CNE offers students the ability to acquire hands-on experiences and critical thinking skills in a safe environment. The SVHEC also hosts the Southside Virginia Area Health Education Center, which serves 15 counties and three cities, to build awareness about careers in healthcare in the Commonwealth.

Pearson VUE-Authorized Testing Center

We are proud to be an authorized testing center for Pearson VUE (CompTIA, VCLA, GED, etc.,). The Anthem Computer Lab in the 820 Bruce Street Building is our designated testing area and is available on Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. If you are taking a Pearson VUE assessment at the SVHEC Assessment Center, please register for your assessment through www.pearsonvue.com and select the SVHEC as your preferred testing location.

For more information or to schedule testing, contact Virginia Byrd at , (434) 572-5568 or, toll-free, 1-800-283-0098 ext. 5568.

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