The Richmond Region is home to nearly 30 institutions of higher education, which train and supply the next generation of skilled professionals:
- Total higher-education enrollment is nearly 80,000 with more than 16,000 degrees conferred annually.
- Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering offers B.S., M.S. and PhD programs in biomedical, chemical and life science, electrical and computer, mechanical and nuclear engineering. It is one of only a handful of universities in the country that has a microelectronics clean room dedicated to undergraduate education.
- Certificate and Associate programs in machining, welding and technical studies at the community college level provide industry with a pipeline of talent.
- Six vocational and technical high school centers have a variety of programs that prepare students for manufacturing occupations, including engineering systems, precision machining technology, and welding.
- The Community College Workforce Alliance offers customizable contract training as well as open enrollment programs with topic areas including manufacturing processes, quality improvement and safety and OSHA.
- Richmond attracts graduates from the University of Virginia Engineering School, one of the oldest in the nation, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Engineering, ranked among the top ten public engineering schools in the nation.
- The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) provides students with unique internship opportunities in manufacturing systems, procedures, and equipment research.