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The area’s workforce is well-educated, with 75% of the population 25 and older having earned a high school diploma or equivalent and 26% possessing a college degree.

The high-quality public education system includes a curriculum based on both academics and technical education, producing work-ready graduates.

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) offers academic, technical, vocational, and continuing adult education. The College is tasked with workforce development training in the region.

The Southside Virginia Education Center (SVEC), located in Greensville County, provides customized training programs that meet the needs of business and industry. Pre-employment training, specialized training, and computer training programs are offered by SVCC and are designed to prepare employees with skills required by industry.

U.S. News & World Report (2013) recognized Longwood University, Farmville, as #11 in the top public schools category for regional universities in the South. Among all regional universities in the South, including private institutions, Longwood is ranked in the top tier at #33.

Longwood University and Mary Baldwin College offer educational opportunities at the SVEC.

Several two- and four-year colleges and universities in the region, offering a wide variety of Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs. Courses of study range from Accounting to Zoology and include everything in between.

Higher Education Facilities - Fall 2013
Longwood University 4,960
Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus 3,330
Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus 3,106
Hampden-Sydney College 1,072
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center *
Southside Virginia Community College - Southside Virginia Education Center Campus *
Strayer University - Chesterfield Campus **

*Enrollment figures are included in participating colleges and universities
**Enrollment figures are not available.

Public School Enrollment (Fall 2013)
Level Number Enrollment
Preschoool 2 255
Elementary 16 6,888
Middle 8 3,441
High School 7 4,469
Student Teacher Ratio (FY2013)
Elementary 13:1
Secondary 10:1
Per Pupil Expenditure (FY 2013)
On-Time Graduation Rate (Class of 2013)
High School Graduates Continuing Education (2012-2013)
Advanced Programs (2012 - 2013)
Governor's School Enrollment 76
Students taking 1 or more Advanced Placement (AP) Courses 95
Students taking 1 or more AP Exams 92
Students taking 1 or more Dual Enrollment Courses 1,097

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