Preparing Virginia's Workforce for a Technology-Driven Future

Building Core Skills for the 21st Century

The University of Virginia serves workforce needs across the Commonwealth by instilling relevant skills and competencies within all levels of education, beginning with K12 and expanding through undergraduate and graduate to post-baccalaureate and adult education. Digital literacy, skills in information technology, and the ability to innovate within these sectors are universal needs for today's global knowledge economy. Explore how UVA nurtures industry, school, and community partnerships to prepare Virginia's workforce for a technology-driven future.

K12 and Adult Education

  • Integrating STEM in early education - Recent national emphasis has been placed on STEM education to increase global competitiveness. However, engineering is foreign to many pre-college teachers, and little research exists on effective ways to integrate engineering into K12 settings. UVA researcher Jennifer Chiu and colleagues at the Curry School of Education are working on methods for integrating technology-enhanced engineering design projects and STEM curricula into early education with school systems in Virginia and beyond.
  • Building allied health professionals in Virginia - UVA is working with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to increase the pipeline of allied health professionals in Virginia. These workers will fill critical shortages in areas such as endocardiography, vascular sonography, and advanced imaging that require specialized technological skills. Read more about PVCC's programs here.

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

  • Providing relevant skills for jobs - The UVA Career Center offers job shadowing opportunities to gain introductory skills required for particular industries or job functions. Known as the Career IDEAs Externship Program, students participate in externships over J-term or summer sessions.
  • Improving digital and computational literacies within liberal arts - The College of Arts and Sciences created The New College Curriculum designed to help students flourish at UVA, in their chosen careers, and as active citizens. The curriculum stresses three literacies that equip students with the necessary skills and fluencies needed to succeed in a rapidly-transforming world.
  • Offering computational science degree programs - UVA offers degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and a variety of technology-related education programs within UVA Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Darden School of Business, and the McIntire School of Commerce. Many additional students take entry level computer science courses while pursuing other degrees.
  • Addressing the challenges of Big Data - UVA's Data Science Institute (DSI) prepares students and researchers to make sense of the 21st century's unprecedented flood of data, solving pressing problems and building a rapidly growing segment of today's workforce. A new online master's program will greatly expand DSI's ability to educate the next wave of leading data scientists in Virginia and beyond.
  • Creating solutions for industry needs - DSI offers customized programs that create graduates capable of obtaining value from data for their employers. Students within the Master of Science in Data Science program complete capstone projects in which they acquire and analyze data to solve real-world problems faced by commercial and government sponsors.