Training and Education

In Washington County, students can pursue a range of higher education opportunities, from certificate programs requiring less than one year of study all the way through a Ph.D. Additional opportunities for education and training are available within a few hours of the County, including Virginia Tech, a world-class research institution.

Programs and Institutions

Virginia Highlands Community College – Abingdon, VA

Enrollment 3000+

Programs include:

– Electrical technology
– Mechatronics
– CNC/conventional machining
– Welding
– Information systems technology
– Business administration

Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence

The Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (SVAM-CoE)  provides hands-on, advanced training in welding, precision machining, and industrial maintenance/mechatronics that prepares a student for advanced and specialty certifications from national accrediting bodies (American Welding Society, National Institute of Metalworking Skills, and Siemens). SVAM-CoE leverages its collaborative partnerships with Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College and Wytheville Community College to serve the 14-county and 3-city region in Southwest Virginia. In addition to ensuring that existing and new manufacturers have the skilled workforce needed to compete in a global market, SVAM-CoE is committed to advancing the image of manufacturing to ensure a long-term workforce pipeline for sustainability of the advanced manufacturing industries.

Emory and Henry College – Emory, VA

Private liberal arts college

Enrollment: 1,012 students

Offers undergraduate degrees in a number of fields including Business Administration, Pre-Engineering, and Chemistry

King University – Bristol, TN

Offers undergraduate degrees in more than 80 fields including biochemistry, management, chemistry, and information technology

East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, TN (1 hour away)

Enrollment = 14,865

Offers a wide variety of undergraduate degrees, including:

– Chemistry
– Computer science
– Construction engineering technology
– Electronics engineering technology
– Industrial technology
– Manufacturing technology
– Product development

Also offers graduate programs, including certificates in business administration, entrepreneurial leadership, and emerging technologies

Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA (2 hours away)

Enrollment = 30,598

Ranked 38th in university research in the U.S.

Offers over 240 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including:

– Aerospace engineering
– Chemical engineering
– Electrical engineering
– Industrial and systems engineering
– Materials science
– Packaging systems and design

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center – Abingdon, VA

Established in 1992 as the first multi-college and university institution of higher education in the Commonwealth

Partners with public and private colleges and universities to provide degree programs, certificates, and professional development courses

Offers a variety of learning options and schedules, including day, evening, and online classes

Partners include:

– Radford University
– University of Virginia – School of Continuing and Professional Studies
– University of Virginia – WISE
– King University
– Emory & Henry College
– Old Dominion University
– Virginia Commonwealth University – School of Allied Health Professions
– Virginia Tech

Contact Us

  • Whitney Bonham
    Whitney BonhamDirector of Economic Development and Community Relations
    wbonham@washcova.com
    Tel. 276-525-1300