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Education

K-12 EDUCATION

The finest in public education is found through Hopewell City Public Schools, a leading Virginia school system providing exceptional educational programs to approximately 4,000 students in three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. In addition, the fully accredited district operates the Woodlawn Learning Center, which houses the Head Start Program, the Virginia Preschool Initiative Program, Alternative Education, Adult Education and All Day and Before- and After-School Day Care. In recent years, the district has earned recognition for the third time as “A Distinguished Title I School Division” by the Virginia Board of Education and has been acknowledged as “A Community for Music Education in America.”

Prince George County Public Schools is also a part of the area’s educational landscape. In addition to its K-12 schools, the district operates the Rowanty Career & Technical Center, a facility with a mission to prepare high school students for both employment and higher education opportunities in a variety of career fields. The center, located in nearby Carson, provides students with the option of entering a Two-Year Multi-Skills Program or one specific program with either a one-year or two-year requirement. Various courses are available in the fields of agriculture, automotive, cosmetology, healthcare (nursing) and construction.

Alternatives to public education are also widely available in the Hopewell-Prince George County area. Private preschools and day care centers, primary/middle schools and high schools are conveniently located in Hopewell and its surrounding area—notably Woodlawn Christian School (K-8) and West End Christian School (K-12).

HIGHER LEARNING

Approximately 11,500 full- and part-time students each year take advantage of the higher learning opportunities found through John Tyler Community College. The two-year, public college is the fifth largest community college in the state and offers freshman- and sophomore-level courses for transfer students, more than 50 career and technical programs, personal enrichment classes and professional development courses. The college operates two convenient campuses in Chester and Midlothian, as well as the Community College Workforce Alliance at Featherstone Professional Center and a Nursing Program at CJW Johnston-Willis Campus—both in Midlothian.

Another excellent public, two-year institution is found through Petersburg’s Richard Bland College, the only college of its kind in Virginia to offer on-campus living options. Richard Bland College’s course offerings are specifically geared towards those students looking to transfer into a four-year college or university. The college has individualized transfer agreements with various public and private four-year institutions in the state and offers a number of educational programs in conjunction with Southside Regional Medical Center’s Schools of Nursing and Radiation Science, Longwood University’s School of Education, The College of William and Mary and Pamplin Historical Park.

Petersburg is also the site of Virginia State University, a prestigious four-year university offering 50 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study within the Schools of Agriculture; Business; Engineering, Science and Technology; Liberal Arts and Education; and Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach. Its academic programs also include the “Bridges to Baccalaureate” program for transfer students majoring in the sciences, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program for those planning to pursue doctoral degrees, and various honor scholarships.

Further options available in the area include Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, a leading university in sponsored research, and Averett University’s Graduate and Professional Studies program in Glen Allen, which offers flexible evening and weekend classes for working professionals.

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