Education is a Priority in Workforce Preparedness

Drone technology, mechatronics, 3D printing, robotics, software engineering.  

Educational programs and training in these fields and more is available in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region where we place emphasis on educating our regional workforce for today and jobs of the future.

Starting in elementary school, e-Region students are exposed to technology resources, distance learning, robotics and math competitions, as well as STEM programs – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. And more than 75,000 students are attending college classes within a 125-mile radius.

Working cooperatively with the region’s community colleges and universities and the industry-driven Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM), companies that locate in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region have access to tailored training such as fast-track software programming,  IT help desk training or advanced manufacturing technology. Students are exposed to the latest technologies in modeling and simulation, robotics, 3D printing, drone technology, cyber security, environmental technologies as well as software engineering.

Mountain Empire and Southwest Virginia community colleges also provide training for Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.

Southwest Virginia’s e-Region is also home to three professional schools, the Appalachian School of Law, the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and Lincoln Memorial University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Drone Technology in Virginia's e-Region

Educational Highlights

Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

P.O. Box 1060
527 East Main Street
Lebanon, Virginia 24266
Phone: 1-800-735-9999





Southwest Virginia's e-Region is marketed by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority - VCEDA - a regional economic development organization created by Virginia's General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the economic base of the seven-county, one-city, coal-producing region in southwestern Virginia.  Since its creation, VCEDA has helped create more than 20,000 jobs.