The distributive model allows us to maximize available resources, and gives us the capacity to serve 14 counties and 3 cities in southwest Virginia (Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe Counties along with the Cities of Bristol, Galax and Norton)

Two Training Options, with another added in late Fall 2016

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Industrial Maintenance

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Frequently Asked Questions

Unless otherwise separately enrolled in a college or university, students enrolled in SVAM Center of Excellence courses and programs are not enrolled at a college or university. All of the programs offered by SVAM Center of Excellence are non-credit, non-degree programs and are unlikely to transfer. Likewise, credits earned at other colleges and/or universities do not count towards program completion at the Center of Excellence.

High schools will not be the only feeders for the educational pipeline. The marketing program we will implement is targeted at multiple student segments including:
• Veterans (SVAM has already developed a partnership veteran organizations in the region as well as host Hiring Heroes event annually)
• Career changers
• Underemployed
• Unemployed
• Incumbent workers

The SVAM-CoE partnership is a win-win for everyone involved. For the community colleges, the partnership will:
• Provide additional equipment to build foundational programs in all three program areas;
• Build enrollments (FTEs)
• Provide certifications for select community college faculty that otherwise would not be available;
And most importantly, SVAM-CoE is consistent with the community college mission of providing quality programs for workforce development.

It means southwest Virginia will have the workforce needed for existing jobs and replace retiring workers in our current industries. It also means our region will be able to attract “world class” manufacturers and supply chain industries to create a healthy, growing economy that is sustainable in the long run.