Education

Numerous educational opportunities are available in the area and contribute to a diverse workforce.

Four-year universities offering degrees in liberal arts, information technology, engineering, biosciences in the Virginia’s First region include:

Virginia Tech, offers 215 degree programs to more than 30,000 students and Radford University has an enrollment of 9,000 students. The region has the highest percentage of resident college students in its population within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Community colleges also provide two-year degrees, technical and workforce training, and programs that enable students to transfer to a Virginia university bachelor’s program with two years of college work completed. This region offers programs at three different community colleges: Virginia Western CC, New River CC, and Wytheville CC.

The region is served by the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board. Workforce development centers in the area also provide training programs and assistance:

  • Giles County Partnership for Excellence
  • Giles County Technology Center
  • Radford Workforce Center
  • Workforce Development Center – Christiansburg
  • Workforce Development Center – Dublin
  • Workforce Development Center – Floyd

The NRV Commerce Park host community, Pulaski County, has five elementary schools (with preschool programs at four of those) distributed around the county, two middle schools, and one high school to serve the student population. The county also hosts the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School; Virginia Governor’s Schools provide some of the state’s most able students academically and artistically challenging programs beyond those offered in their home school.

Public schools in the Commerce Park region’s other communities offer compatible public education, along with the diversity due the large concentration of higher education institutions in Blacksburg, Radford and Roanoke.