Welcome to the Web site of the Roanoke
Higher Education Center!
Making higher education and workforce training accessible in the Roanoke
Region to meet the demand for high skilled jobs in the 21st Century is
When our doors opened in August of 2000, we began to offer a full range
of undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as training programs
tailored to meet the needs of workers in the region and of industries
seeking highly skilled employees.
The six public and eight private colleges and universities partnering in
this Center include: Averett University, Bluefield College, James
Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Hampton
University, Hollins University, Mary Baldwin College, Nova Southeastern
University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Roanoke
College, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Western
Community College. In addition, This Valley Works offers job-training
programs as a partner in the Center. The Center is also home to the
Western Virginia Workforce Development Board.
The Roanoke Higher Education Center began with an initial $200,000
appropriation, obtained in the 1996 session of the General Assembly, to
study the cost and feasibility of renovating the old Norfolk-Southern
General Office Building-North in downtown Roanoke.
Subsequently, a group of business, civic and education leaders formed
Destination Education to promote the project. As a result of their work
with the Virginia General Assembly the Roanoke Higher Education
Authority was established in 1998 by legislation, and subsequently
developed and now operates the Center.
The synergy created by the Roanoke Higher Education Center will continue
downtown revitalization, preserve the historic building and help build a
better future for our region through education and training.
It has been said that widespread access to higher education is critical
to the economic health and social welfare of the nation. We believe the
Roanoke Higher Education Center is critical to the continuing prosperity
of our region of Virginia.
John S. Edwards
Member, Senate of Virginia
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Roanoke Higher Education Authority