Virginia Career Works – Central Region has some of the best educational institutions in the nation where you can receive a world-class education.

American National University

American National University has helped working adults in the Lynchburg area achieve their education goals since 1979 and continues to build on its reputation among local employers for its skilled graduates. American National University (ANU) is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and offers over twenty-one degrees and diplomas in medical, business, and technology fields.

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Centra College of Nursing

Centra College of Nursing is committed to providing excellent care to individuals, families and patients in the community. Graduates will be prepared to engage in best practices, through critical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and building community relationships. The Centra College of Nursing offers two nursing programs:  an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Practical Nursing Program.  Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and are certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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Central Virginia Community College

Central Virginia Community College, a two-year institution established as a member of the Virginia Community College System, provides State-supported educational facilities beyond the high school level for the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell. The curricula and programs of the College serve more than 228,000 people within this geographical jurisdiction.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 beautiful acres in Lynchburg, VA, Liberty offers over 450 programs from the certificate to the doctoral level and is home to more than 100,000 residential and online students.

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Old Dominion Job Corps

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Job Corps program is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. For more information about the Job Corps program at a national level, please visit our Official Public Web Site.

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University of Lynchburg

University of Lynchburg is a nationally recognized private university where students gain a greater heart for humanity and a mindset of individual growth. Here, thought-provoking learning ignites change in each individual, and the world. U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and Colleges of Distinction recognize this university as one of the best institutions of higher education in the nation, and they’re one of a select few “Colleges that Change Lives.”

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Randolph College

Randolph College prepares students to engage the world critically and creatively, live and work honorably, and experience life abundantly. Randolph College is a nationally recognized, private, liberal arts and sciences institution with a career focus located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Randolph is known for its excellent academic program, diverse close-knit community, exceptional faculty, rich traditions, and growing NCAA Division III athletics program.

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Sweet Briar College

Since our founding in 1901, Sweet Briar has specialized in educating women. It’s an approach that brings personal relevance to every discipline studied here, and it opens up insights and understanding between students and faculty that might not be explored in a co-educational environment. Our single-gender tradition also extends leadership opportunities to every student who seeks them out, and cultivates connection, confidence and community, from first-year, day one, through graduation, reunion and beyond.

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Virginia Technical Institute

VTI provides hands-on training in a variety of fields including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, pipe-fitting, carpentry, masonry, multi-craft industrial maintenance, and project management.  Unique to VTI is the leadership training that will further enhance the students’ opportunities in the marketplace. Students ranging from high school to adults have the opportunity to earn a journeyman’s license in a field of their choosing by attending classes two nights a week from 5-9pm.  VTI uses curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), which is a standardized training process affiliated with the University of Florida.  The Institute is also certified through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

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Virginia University of Lynchburg

In 1886, the Virginia Baptist State Convention founded the Lynchburg Baptist Seminary as an institution of “self-reliance,” “racial pride,” and “faith.” It first offered classes in 1890 as the renamed Virginia Seminary. Under the direction of Gregory Willis Hayes, the second president of the college who served from 1891 to 1906, the school became a pioneer in the field of African American Education. In 1900 the school was reincorporated as the Virginia Theological Seminary and College and in 1962 became the Virginia Seminary and College. The college was renamed and incorporated as Virginia University of Lynchburg in 1996. Among its graduates was the poet Anne Spencer. 

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