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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 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 2018
John Tyler Community College - Midlothian Campus 6,865
Strayer University - Chesterfield Campus 5,894** º
Piedmont Virginia Community College 5,445**
John Tyler Community College - Chester Campus 4,952
Longwood University 4,911
University of Richmond 4,002
Stratford University - Richmond Campus 2,282**
Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus 2,130
Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus 1,850
Hampden-Sydney College 1,072
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond Campus 675º
South University - Richmond Campus 652º
Sweet Briar College 330
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College - Western Campus 323
Centura College - Richmond Main Campus 98º
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center *
Southside Virginia Community College - Southside Virginia Education Center Campus ***§
ECPI University - Emerywood Campus  ***
ECPI University - Innsbrook Campus  ***
ECPI University - Moorefield Campus  ***

*Enrollment figures for all campuses.
**Enrollment figures are included in participating colleges and universities
**Enrollment figures not available
§Enrollment counted at a main campus
º Fall 2017 Enrollment


Public School Enrollment (Fall 2018)
Level Number Enrollment
Preschoool 1 114
Elementary 21 9,370
Middle 12 5,192
High School 11 6,175
Student Teacher Ratio (FY2018)
Elementary 12:1
Secondary 10:1
Per Pupil Expenditure (FY 2018)
On-Time Graduation Rate (Class of 2018)
High School Graduates Continuing Education (2017-2018)
Advanced Programs (2017 - 2018)
Governor's School Enrollment 154
Students taking 1 or more Advanced Placement (AP) Courses 169
Students taking 1 or more AP Exams 144
Students taking 1 or more Dual Enrollment Courses 1,393

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