The Roanoke Region is home to cutting-edge education and training centers. Ranging from information technology to manufacturing and trade, the Roanoke Region provides unmatched training opportunities.

Virginia Community College System

Maintains two community colleges in the Roanoke Region. VCCS provides workforce training and development programs in manufacturing, repair and career services.

Apprenticeship Training

On-the-job training service with classroom instruction to help business meet skilled workforce needs, provided for all trades.
3013 Peters Creek Rd., Roanoke

Greenfield Education and Training Center

Features a high-bay training area so companies can train new employees on their own equipment while their facility is being built, teleconferencing facilities in a tiered lecture hall and classrooms that are wired for the Internet and distance learning.
57 S Center Dr, Daleville

Franklin Center for Advanced Learning and Enterprise

Provides technologically advanced training and education facility managed by the Franklin County Workforce Development Consortium–a partnership offering employment, training and educational services to employers and residents. The Consortium consists of 13 partners representing local governments, community based agencies and educational institutions.
50 Claiborne Ave, Rocky Mount

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

Provides services and funding to qualifying companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change that requires the retraining of existing employees.

The Roanoke Higher Education Center

Brings together 16 different education and training institutions. It also features teleconferencing and distance learning capabilities. Students can obtain their GEDs, undergraduate and graduate degrees, or specialized training.
108 North Jefferson St, Roanoke

Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services

Offers employers access to knowledgeable and skilled employees and provides training and educational services for workforce.
3433 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke

 

What is Mechatronics?

mechatronics roanoke virginia eldorThe term “mechatronics” has popped up a lot lately. It’s been connected to some of the Roanoke Region’s biggest announcements as a top reason the companies looked here.

So what is mechatronics? And how is the Roanoke Region using it to create a workforce advantage?

Mechatronics programs, such as the one at Virginia Western Community College, incorporate training in mechanical and electrical systems as well as information technology into a single curriculum. Training in mechatronics is desirable among manufacturing employers in particular.

Having such a program in the Roanoke Region helps create they type of workforce businesses are looking for.

Both ELDOR Corporation, an automotive components manufacturer, and Deschutes Brewery cited the program as an important consideration when they were looking at the region. Both companies announced bringing manufacturing operations in the area in early 2016. It was also important for Ardagh, an automated plant producing metal packaging for the food industry, when they moved to the region in 2014.

Students who complete the program at Virginia Western earn an associate’s degree and have the option to move directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year school. The program also helps students earn key certifications including Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Computer Aided Design, Packing Machinery, Manufacturing Skills (MT1), and Siemens Mechatronics Systems.

It’s a hands on program that readies the workforce for immediate employment. Skill learned in the classroom and lab can translate to jobs in manufacturing, logistics, transportation, medical, automotive, building, mining, and aerospace industries.