Workforce Development/Education

Although infrastructure is important to economic development, education and workforce training are the forces that raise skill levels and bring a higher quality of life. Specifically, most economic development professionals support educators, trainers, and others who acknowledge that education is the key to the transition from the “old” to the “new" economy. While the issues are complicated, workforce training has become a central objective in the economic development equation. This effort must be complemented by a reinforced workforce development initiative to deliver next generation skills to a transitioning workforce.

A vital link in economic development in any community is its educational system. A potential industry looks for an educated labor force and one that is expected to handle ongoing changes and demands. A sound structure for an excellent system is in place within the Planning District and its continued development must be strongly supported. 

Related Links:

Local/Regional
State
Gereau Center for Applied Technology & Career Exploration American National University
The Franklin Center Averett University
Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (IALR) Danville Community College (DCC)
Piedmont Regional Governor's School DCC Workforce Services
  Ferrum College
Public Schools: 
New College Institute
Danville City                Martinsville City Old Dominion University (Teletechnet)
Franklin County           Patrick County Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC)
Henry County              Pittsylvania County PHCC Workforce Development
  Radford University
Federal  
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

American Universities Index

University of Virginia (UVA)
National Center for Education Statistics Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Resource Guide to Educational Statistics Virginia Community College System
U.S. Department of Education Virginia Department of Education
  Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech)
  Virginia Western Community College
  Virginia Workforce Center (One-Stop)
  West Piedmont Workforce Development Board
  Western Virginia Workforce Development Board