Talent Development in Southern Virginia

Residents in the region have access to high-quality public, private, and magnet schools, as well as workforce training programs throughout the region.

K-12 Education

Galileo Magnet High School

Established in 2002, Galileo Magnet High School is a public high school located in Danville that offers a technology-based curriculum with four strands of study, including Advanced Biotechnology, Communications and Networking, Publications, and Theatre Performance and Communication.

Piedmont Governor’s School

The Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science & Technology is a public magnet school with campuses in Martinsville and Danville. The school serves students in their junior and senior years and offers a rigorous, STEM-focused curriculum. While enrolled, students also have the opportunity to obtain their Associate’s degree in parallel at one of two local community colleges.

The Early College at Guilford

A partnership between Guilford College and Guilford County Schools, The Early College at Guilford provides a rigorous academic schedule consisting of a heavy load of honors and AP classes in the first two years, and dual enrollment classes in the second two years, graduating with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit.

Workforce and Training Solutions

Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College

Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College design comprehensive training programs to suit any business’s needs, and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research develops and attracts technology and talent critical to Southern Virginia’s economic transformation.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) engages the resources of Virginia Tech, Danville Community College, Averett University, and other partners to grow innovation and stimulate economic opportunity. The Analytical Chemistry group offers elite testing services and the Advanced Materials team provides cutting-edge characterization and processing capabilities. IALR proudly promotes sustainable solutions for enhanced agricultural production around the globe with the Plant Endophyte Research Center and access to a live bacteria library with over 2,000 endophytes. Most recently, IALR has partnered with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech to launch a Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center on IALR’s campus. The Center will leverage technology and research to accelerate advancements, economic development, and regional participation in the developing industry of indoor farming, which is expected to exceed $4 billion this year. The IALR campus also hosts offices for the Virginia Cooperative Extension.