Higher Education/Workforce Development Training
Opportunities for higher education are easily accessible from Greensville County, with major research universities such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, Longwood University, and North Carolina State University within a short drive of the area.
Thanks to a number of nearby community colleges and 22 area workforce development and training centers, educational programs are closely matched with the needs of area employers.
Southside Virginia Education Center (SVEC)
The Southside Virginia Education Center is located in the Greensville County Office Park. The 50,000 square foot facility includes 16 classrooms, 3 large instruction labs, computer labs, a resource lab and a student lounge in addition to the Virginia Employment Offices and Longwood University programs. The Center also includes a 9,000 square foot multi-purpose training room that is available for seminars, trade shows and private affairs.
The facility offers critical industrial training and certification and expands the educational courses available in our community. Increased educational attainment and better workforce training provides a well-trained, job ready workforce. Customized training programs are available to help strengthen the success of industrial clients in the community.
Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)
Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) is a two-year institution providing quality education programs for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
As part of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), SVCC offers a full range of academic, technical, vocational, and continuing adult education courses. In addition to two-year degree programs, SVCC offers four-year degrees in a variety of fields in conjunction with Longwood University and Mary Baldwin College. Post-graduate degree programs are also locally available in conjunction with Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University.
SVCC also offers several occupational-technical programs to educate, train, and retrain workers for area business and industry.
Workforce Development Services
SVCC’s Workforce Development Services (WDS) aligns education and economic development initiatives to extend workforce development courses, training, and programs into the community.
WDS prepares the emerging workforce by providing students with greater access to career options and serves employers through flexible and customized training. Displaced workers also have the option of earning portable skills and credentials through this program.
WDS also works closely with business and industry in the Southside Virginia area to ensure that their training needs are met and that available workers have the skills they need for entry-level positions.
Read more about these programs on the SVCC website here.
Nearby Colleges and Universities
Research and collaboration opportunities are available with local colleges, which infuse Southern Virginia with a talented, accomplished potential workforce. More than a dozen colleges and universities serve the Greensville County area, including the following:
- Hampden-Sydney College
- John Tyler Community College - Midlothian Campus
- John Tyler Community College - Chester Campus
- J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College - Western Campus
- Longwood University
- Virginia State University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- University of Richmond
- Richard Bland College
- Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus
- Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus
- Southside Virginia Community College - Southside Virginia Education Center Campus
- Centura College - Richmond Main Campus