Our schools recognize the link between education and economic development. From kindergarten through high school, there’s a strong emphasis on technology, in both the public and private sector. In the public schools, this commitment is further manifested in the variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs available to students.
XLR8 Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy was created in 2013 as a partnership between Region 2000 development organizations, area schools, and businesses, such as AREVA, BWX Technologies, Delta Star, and Centra. The program, based at Central Virginia Community College, is open to qualified public high school juniors and seniors from across the Region.
During the half-day program, students do advanced study in STEM—science, technology, engineering, mathematics—subjects, earning high school and college credits along the way. The STEM Academy has a 100-percent graduate rate and 100 percent of its students continue their education in STEM fields.
One of the STEM Academy’s partners is the Future Focus Foundation, an initiative of the Lynchburg Regional Technology Council. The Foundation provides support to the Academy in numerous ways, such as helping select staff and students for the school, and offering opportunities for company tours or internships.
Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology also accepts qualified students from throughout the Region. The half-day program is open to public high school juniors and seniors, and also focuses on STEM-related subjects.
Governor’s School graduates have gone on to study at the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities, including Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Virginia. Combined, Governor’s School graduates are offered more than $5 million in scholarships each year.
If you’re seeking a faith-based and/or private education for your children, we have that, too. More than 3,500 students in the Region attend private schools. Many of these private schools not only have strong academic programs, but also offer a full range of sports teams and other extracurricular activities.
Liberty Christian Academy’s athletic teams, for example, compete in the Virginia High School League, alongside the area’s public schools.
For those desiring a different approach to learning, there are two Montessori schools in Lynchburg, and Lynchburg’s New Vistas School serves students with learning disabilities, including Dyslexia, AD/HD, and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The LAUREL Regional Program, also in Lynchburg, meets the special education needs of public school students, ages 2 through 21.
The Region also has a strong home-school network, through which students participate in sports leagues and other extracurricular activities.
The Region’s colleges and universities—seven in Lynchburg alone—offer students a wide range of liberal arts and professional programs. Among other things, these institutions have trained many of our teachers and healthcare professionals for decades.
In addition to its College of Osteopathic Medicine, Liberty University has a well-regarded nursing program. Lynchburg College’s School of Health and Human Performance offers bachelor’s degrees in athletic training, exercise physiology, health and physical education, and nursing; master’s degrees in athletic training and nursing; and a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Virginia University of Lynchburg, the Region’s oldest historically black college, offers degrees in religion, business, and other fields.
Central Virginia Community College, which has campuses throughout the Region, offers students an affordable way to earn an associate degree and/or credits toward a four-year degree at other Virginia colleges and universities. CVCC’s Workforce Solutions Division provides training for workers across the Region.
In Altavista, Virginia Technical Institute (VTI) provides hands-on training in a variety of fields, including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, carpentry, and industrial maintenance. The trade school draws students from across the Region and beyond. VTI also hosts an annual trades expo in March, where trade-related companies and high school students are invited to tour VTI and network with each other.
Our colleges and universities also contribute greatly to the Region’s cultural landscape, offering enriching events and programs that are open to the public.
For example, Randolph College—formerly Randolph-Macon Woman’s College—has a world-class art gallery, the Maier Museum of Art. The college also hosts “Star Parties” at its observatory, which are open to the public at no charge.
Sweet Briar College and Lynchburg College host numerous public events throughout the year, as well, including gallery openings, lectures, concerts, and plays. Liberty University, the world’s largest evangelical Christian university, has NCAA Division I athletic programs that draw spectators from across the Region.