Southern Virginia Higher Education Center


The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is an epicenter of education and job training in Southern Virginia. Our campus features 115,000 square feet of technically sophisticated space including high-tech classrooms and labs featuring simulation technology focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Healthcare (STEM-H). SVHEC

Through a unique partnership with community colleges and state universities, we are able to provide convenient, affordable access to college degree programs and job training opportunities right here in South Boston, VA. We also provide short-term, hands-on credential-based training in information technology, automation technician/industrial maintenance, welding, and HVAC to help students go from “zero to career” in less than a year.

The SVHEC also seeks to help both new and existing businesses and industries remain productive and profitable. Therefore, we offer employers the opportunity to partner on customized, innovative training solutions that support their evolving workforce needs. Support and resources for entrepreneurs is available through the on-campus Longwood Small Business Development Center.

To make these opportunities as accessible as possible, financial assistance for programs and training opportunities are available. We also offer day and evening classes for scheduling flexibility.


ProductWorks@SVHEC is the Commonwealth’s only single source location for product design and development services. Industrial partners and entrepreneurial start-ups collaborate with our team in an innovative and efficient product development environment. From design planning and prototyping to testing and small production runs, ProductWorks is the manufacturing resource that brings your vision to life.

ProductWorks clients include vehicle manufacturer TMI Autotech, world-renowned piano craftsman Steinway & Sons, and entrepreneur Stewart Topp—inventor of the revolutionary Blind Stapler tool for the cabinet-making industry.