Tech Talent Development in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is the state’s second most populous area with one of the world’s largest populations of active-duty military personnel. The region boasts the largest concentration of college students in Virginia, with more than 100,000 individuals enrolled across the region’s 33 universities, colleges, and trade schools.

Higher Education

  • Old Dominion University: The region’s leading polytechnic institution offers degrees in business analytics, cybersecurity, computer science, modeling and simulation engineering, database administration, general information technology, and more. The Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center is an enterprise research center of ODU focusing on advances in modeling and simulation, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
  • Norfolk State University: A comprehensive urban public institution, is one of the 107 historically black colleges in the United States. The Computer Engineering Technology program prepares graduates for careers in computer systems maintenance, support, and manufacturing integration.
  • Tidewater Community College: Tidewater Community College is a network of four physical locations and an online program that serves 27,000+ students annually. Providing 150+ programs, TCC offers degrees, certifications, and apprenticeship programs that build and support the local workforce. Virginia’s first registered cybersecurity apprenticeship was established by building a partnership between Tidewater Community College and Yorktown-based Peregrine Technical Solutions.
  • ECPI: As the 6th-largest producer of computer science (CIS) bachelor’s and associate degrees in the U.S., ECPI University produces a steady stream of talented graduates for Hampton Roads companies. 350 students graduate with a degree in Computer Science in Hampton Roads annually, and ECPI produces 18% of all CIS undergraduate degrees in Virginia.


  • New Horizons Regional Education Centers: Operated by the Virginia Peninsula’s school divisions as the Commonwealth’s oldest and largest multi-campus regional education organization. Within the Information Technology Program, students pursue a one- or two-year program in computer programming, CISCO networking & cybersecurity, or cybersecurity systems technology.
  • Governor’s STEM Academies: The region hosts six academies focused on educating high school students in fields including IT, computer science, and business

Workforce Training

The Applied Research Center (ARC) is the flagship research facility for the Applied Research Center Consortium, a collaboration of four Virginia colleges (Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and the College of William & Mary) and the Jefferson Lab. Its mission is to advance the use of processes that control energy to create and modify materials, structures, and devices for high-value-added manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, marine, and semiconductor industries.