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innovation-center-exterior-oct2014The SVHEC's new home for Workforce Services, the Business of Technology & Design, and the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency

The Innovation Center, located in the former American Tobacco Warehouse, is the newly renovated space for the programmatic expansion of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. After months of planning and a year of construction, the Innovation Center came online Spring 2011. From the open academic spaces that allow student collaboration to the acrylic whiteboards and outdoor classroom, every inch of the Innovation Center has been designed to create the ultimate learning environment.

The Business of Technology & Design

Digital Art & Design Lab

The Innovation Center houses the SVHEC's signature Business of Technology & Design program. With academic tracks in Digital Art & Design and Product Design & Development (offered in partnership with Danville Community College and Southside Virginia Community College), the Business of Technology & Design is an innovative approach to higher education.

The Business of Technology & Design creates a unique 2+2+2 educational pathway beginning with 11th and 12th grade high school dual enrollment courses leading to a 2-year community college applied associate’s degree (AAS), with articulation to a bachelor’s degree. While Digital Art & Design and Product Design & Development use different mediums for instruction, each program provides students with fundamental skills for the 21st century workforce.

Product Design & Development Studio Space

Business of Technology & Design students have received national recognition for their creative works. In 2009 and again in 2011 Business of Technology & Design students placed first in their category at the AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition, one of the largest woodworking competitions in the nation.


R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE)

R&D CAMEE The R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE) works to provide a complete, unparalleled, competitively priced package of services for product and process development needs. We work with business and industry to provide firms with the resources needed to solve product design dilemmas, assist in the creation of new products and components, and lower manufacturing costs through technological efficiencies. While other R&D firms provide research alone, R&D CAMEE provides the competitive and technological edge companies need to rise above their competition.

The R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency houses a state-of-the art Machining Center equipped with today’s most advanced and progressive manufacturing technology that produce products in both the 3-axis and 5-axis realm. Because we know advanced manufacturing techniques are the key to competing globally, we use a “Smart Factory” approach to demonstrate how emerging trends in industry and advanced technology can be adopted and mastered.

Workforce Services @SVHEC

Workforce Services SuiteWorkforce Services @ the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is a comprehensive program encompassing secondary and post-secondary training. The Center of Nursing Excellence and TopSolid America are two SVHEC initiatives housed within the Workforce Services division. The Center of Nursing Excellence is a healthcare learning resource center offering classroom and simulated clinical support services for healthcare education and practice. TopSolid America offers comprehensive training and support in the use of the TopSolid CAD/CAM software package.

In addition to these initiatives, specific business and industry training is available on an as needed basis. Workforce Services@SVHEC was proud to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia and local industry Presto Products Company in securing workforce training for 300+ Presto employees. Read related article.

Siemens Computer-Aided Design Lab

Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is a central feature of Product Design & Development and the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency. To that end, the Siemens Go-PLM CAD Lab is a dedicated space for instruction and training offers comprehensive training and support in the use of the Siemens software package.

Student Studio Space

Studio SpaceThe student studio space is a large open area with no walls or other barriers to collaboration. The concept is based on noted schools of art and design, and professional creative agencies where conspicuous collaboration is encouraged. Students in the Business of Technology & Design make connections and seek ways to work with other students, whether regardless of individual academic tracks  (Digital Art & Design or Product Design & Development).

Adult students in the Business of Technology & Design program are assigned a desk in the upstairs, open studio space and this is their home for the duration of their time in the program. The desks were designed and built by students in the Product Design & Development program. The desks may be used as stand-alone units, or may be placed together in a pinwheel shape (as pictured) to foster collaboration and teamwork. Students have ownership of their workspace, and retain said ownership until they leave the program. Ultimately, the graduating senior class will design and build the desks for the incoming freshman class.

General Purpose Classroom

General Purpose Classroom

The general purpose classroom seats up to 25 students. The desks and chairs may be configured in a number of arrangements to accommodate a range of educational experiences.


Tiered Classroom/Small Conference Center

Tiered ClassroomThe tiered classroom/small conference center provides a comfortable, technologically advanced meeting space for small and medium sized groups (80 seat capacity). With a full suite of audio-visual equipment, Wi-Fi, and sound-proofing, the tiered classroom/conference center provides an ideal learning or meeting space. This space, designed with the end-user in mind, has its own entrance, restrooms, coat closet, and kitchenette, providing privacy and comfort to user groups.

Information on renting the Conference Center.