Education & Training

The area’s workforce is well-educated, with 75% of the population 25 and older having earned a high school diploma or equivalent and 26% possessing a college degree.

The high-quality public education system includes a curriculum based on both academics and technical education, producing work-ready graduates.

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) offers academic, technical, vocational, and continuing adult education. The College is tasked with workforce development training in the region.

The Southside Virginia Education Center (SVEC), located in Greensville County, provides customized training programs that meet the needs of business and industry. Pre-employment training, specialized training, and computer training programs are offered by SVCC and are designed to prepare employees with skills required by industry.

Longwood College and Mary Baldwin College offer educational opportunities at the SVEC.

There are a number of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the region, offering a wide variety of Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs. Courses of study range from Accounting to Zoology and include everything in between.

Institution Location Approximate Enrollment
Hampton-Sydney College Farmville, VA 1,087
Richard Bland College Petersburg, VA 2,295
Longwood College Farmville, VA 5,096
Virginia State University Petersburg, VA 5,414
Southside Virginia Community College

8 locations throughout
Southside Virginia

Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 24,932
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 31,242
Natalie B. Slate
Natalie B. Slate
Greensville County Deputy Administrator
1781 Greensville County Circle
Emporia, Virginia 23847
(434) 348-4205
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