Southern Virginia Higher Education Center


The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is home to technically sophisticated training spaces with advanced machining and simulation technology labs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Healthcare (STEM-H). The SVHEC specializes in aligning programming with employer needs, and boasts an impressive suite of workforce training programs, customizable industry training options, high-tech training facilities, and quality instruction delivered by content-area experts. In less than a year, individuals can complete hands-on, foundational training and earn industry-recognized credentials in information technology, mechatronics, welding, and Work Ready Foundations. Each of these programs has been designed with strong input and support from regional business and industry leaders, and embed soft skills training to support long-term employment success.

All SVHEC Workforce training programs may be customized to meet the specific needs of individual employers. Customized training is available day and evening, allowing employers with multiple shifts the flexibility needed to train employees while maintaining production levels.

R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE)

The SVHEC’s Research & Development Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE) serves as a unique resource for manufacturers and entrepreneurs, connecting them to training, production, proof-of-concept, and commercialization services. R&D CAMEE’s staff leverages their advanced capabilities in Computer Aided Design (CAD), and integrated Computer Aided Machining (CAM) to provide industries and individuals with services that are typically unavailable in rural communities.

With more than $5M in software and equipment, the hi-tech facility serves as one of
Southern Virginia’s only working prototype labs, providing entrepreneurs and regional industries with access to the technology, expertise, and skills needed to advance an idea and bring new concepts to market. As a leader in automation adoption, R&D CAMEE possesses extensive capabilities in designing and building automated processes, and providing training to maximize a client’s investment.

R&D CAMEE works with a wide range of clients including the Commonwealth’s premier research universities, local entrepreneurs, and internationally known piano craftsman, Steinway & Sons.