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Southwest Virginia Center - Virginia Highlands Community College


Since its creation by the State Board for Community Colleges in 1967, Virginia Highlands Community College has been a dynamic leader in providing comprehensive and quality higher educational programs and services to residents of Washington County, the western portion of Smyth County and the city of Bristol, Virginia. Located on a scenic 100-acre campus nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, VHCC today provides occupational-technical programs designed for immediate entry into the workforce, college transfer programs that allow students to begin working toward a baccalaureate degree, developmental (remedial) course work in reading, writing, mathematics and other selected areas, customized instruction for business and industry, and personal enrichment courses.

VHCC's Workforce Training and Continuing Education provides assistance, workforce training and employee development that promote economic growth of business and industry, and opportunities for personal development, within the VHCC service region. Work force development programs include both pre-employment training and training for employed workers to assist local business and industries hire and maintain a competitive workforce. Conveniently scheduled, custom-designed classes are available on campus or at the worksite 24 hours a day and can be delivered in both credit and non-credit formats.

In addition to its course offerings, VHCC provides cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire community through its acclaimed Arts Array program and instills the value of volunteerism in its students through Service Learning initiatives. The College also provides outreach services to at-risk middle school, high school and college students through the federally funded Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Project EXCEL programs.

Together, these programs and services are allowing VHCC to achieve its mission of providing "financially accessible, high quality, comprehensive educational programs and services to meet the needs of citizens, to nurture and satisfy cultural interests, and to support economic development in the region."

The rolling hills of the campus include six modern buildings, athletic and recreational facilities. The VHCC campus also is home to the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, an 89,000-square-foot education and conference complex that hosts numerous community events and provides completion of over 70 bachelor degree programs and graduate degree programs in cooperation with eight academic partners.

For additional information contact:

Karen Cheers
Director of Admissions, Records, Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs

Workforce Training and Continuing Education at VHCC
Melinda Leland
VP of Workforce Training and Continuing Education at VHCC

General Information
P.O. Box 828 Abingdon, VA
24212 276-739-2400