Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

100,000 square feet of technically sophisticated educational space

R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Energy EfficiencyIncluding high-tech classrooms and labs featuring advanced machining and simulation technology focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Healthcare (STEM-H) areas including nursing, advanced manufacturing, 3-D modeling, and digital art and communications.

Thanks to a long history of community-based support, the SVHEC has grown from serving a handful of students in its original location to serving an annual unduplicated headcount of more than 6,000 business and academic customers in 2012.

Students at SVHEC have access to adult and continuing education as well as associate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs.

The facility is located in two repurposed tobacco warehouses donated by local benefactors and renovated with community bonds, private donations, historic tax credits and various state and federal grants.

The latest addition is the Innovation Center which houses our Business of Art & Design Program featuring academic tracks in Digital Art & Design and Product Design & Development (offered in partnership with Danville Community College).

The R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE) provides a complete, unparalleled, competitively priced package of services for product and process development needs. R&D CAMEE works with business and industry to provide firms with the resources needed to solve product design dilemmas, assist in the creation of new products and components, and lower manufacturing costs through technological efficiencies.

Workforce Services @ the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is a comprehensive program encompassing secondary and post-secondary training. The Center of Nursing Excellence and TopSolid America are two SVHEC initiatives housed within the Workforce Services division. The Center of Nursing Excellence is a healthcare learning resource center offering classroom and simulated clinical support services for healthcare education and practice. TopSolid America offers comprehensive training and support in the use of the TopSolid CAD/CAM software package.

In addition to these initiatives, specific business and industry training is available on an as needed basis. Workforce Services@SVHEC was proud to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia and local industry Presto Products Company in securing workforce training for 300+ Presto employees.