“Where Good Nature Comes Naturally” is not just a tagline – it is a nod to our exceptional natural setting and our welcoming spirit. Often cited by visitors for our first-rate hospitality, Waynesboro is much more than a great place to visit. Our strong manufacturing heritage dates back to the 1800s with products manufactured here that have furnished American homes, shaped the fashion industry, and landed men on the moon.
In 2019, the region’s concentration of 39 colleges and universities within a 2.5 hour drive graduated over 67,000 students in a wide variety of degrees and courses of study.
Locally, Blue Ridge Community College, Mary Baldwin University, and James Madison University offer credit and noncredit programs as well as collaborative workforce development solutions, including specialized training, apprenticeship, bootcamps, and more.
The award-winning “InDemand” Jobs Campaign markets high-demand, high-growth and high-wage occupations and accompanying educational opportunities for occupations requiring more than high school but less than a 4-year degree.
In addition to the colleges and universities located within two hours of Waynesboro and graduating well over 20,000 students in a variety of disciplines, there are a variety of state and local programs designed to assist employers with specific needs.
Valley Career Hub is a collaborative effort among the business, education, and economic development communities in the Shenandoah Valley to broaden awareness of high-demand, high-growth, high-wage careers in our region and promote local training opportunities for these careers. The website includes videos describing high-growth/high-demand careers, a database of training and educational programs available from Valley colleges, universities and technical schools, and other assistance.
- Provides customized recruiting and training services to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change
- Consulting services, organizational development, and funding for training and recruitment may be available
- The center is designed to provide hands on experience in a variety of applications and the curriculum provides the classroom experience needed to succeed in today’s manufacturing environment
- Each of the seven labs is equipped with state of the art equipment for manufacturing, design, and electronics; a robotic arm, 3D plastic prototype printer, manufacturing lab simulator, a CNC machine, and a series of manufacturing training modules
- The Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center provides a number of services to employers, entrepreneurs, and career re-training
Has a number of degree and certificate programs in their Outreach and Engagement Department
- Is continually working to provide qualified workers via a number of programs
- Dream It Do It – focuses on advanced technology in manufacturing, healthcare, construction and information technology
- Enhancing the Green or Clean workforce is the goal of the Shenandoah Valley Energy Partnership
(WWRC) is one of only eight state-operated comprehensive vocational rehabilitation centers in the nation. The center’s vision is to be the preferred provider for vocational rehabilitation for Virginians with disabilities. WWRC provides comprehensive medical- to-work, assessment, transition, and training services to individuals with various disabilities to help gain independence through employment. WWRC has emerged as a vital role in assisting the DARS agency in reaching WIOA measures such as measurable skill gains and workforce credentials. WWRC operates on a campus that is over 200 acres, providing residential housing in both the dorms and attendant care unit and maintain and average daily census of more than 330 consumers per day. For information about all WWRC services and facilities, please visit their website, www.wwrc.net
Blue Ridge Community College
Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) has programs that include associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in occupational/technical and college/university transfer programs. The college also provides non-credit workforce training and special interest classes for individuals, business, and industry.
The BRCC Online Outpost, located at 110 N. Wayne Avenue, offers residents of Waynesboro and the surrounding region a convenient location for assistance in applying to BRCC and enrolling in courses, as well as access to high-speed internet for those taking BRCC online classes or needing to do testing for the college. For more information call 540-453-0263.
Mary Baldwin University
Mary Baldwin University (MBU) is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral, serving a vibrant student population on the main campus and in the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.
A Variety of Nearby Options
There are 39 colleges and universities within a 2 1/2-hour drive offering a wide variety of programs and degrees. For up-to-date enrollment, graduates, and degrees conferred, please click here.
Within 30-60 minutes
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Lord Fairfax Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Southern Virginia University
Sweet Briar College
Virginia Military Institute
Washington and Lee University
One hour plus
Central Virginia Community College
Germanna Community College
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
John Tyler Community College
Patrick Henry College
Richard Bland College
Union Presbytery Seminary
University of Lynchburg
University of Mary Washington
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Virgnia Western Community College