Developing a best-in-class workforce is central to UVA’s mission. Whether producing top-notch graduates or training professionals, the University is committed to Virginia leading the nation in job readiness.
UVA and UVA-Wise are finding new ways to engage in university-based economic development in Southwest Virginia. The Appalachian Prosperity Project partnership is advancing health, education, and economic prosperity in the region.
Jobs requiring a bachelor's or advanced degree are on the rise. As part of the 2030 Strategic Plan, UVA will expand both in-person and online educational opportunities for working adults, especially the 1.1 million Virginians who have some college credits, but have not yet earned a degree.
UVA prepares more students than ever for in-demand jobs. Data shows that UVA is offering more and more students education in fields such as computer science and biomedical engineering, a reflection of industry trends. New programs focused on emerging technology and social impact have also proven popular.
Curry School faculty member Jennifer Chiu and colleagues found a meaningful way to incorporate computer science into fifth- and sixth-grade classes, instilling relevant skills required by virtually every sector of the next-generation workforce.
An up to $486,994 grant to the UVA-Wise Foundation will develop the Clinch River Ecological Education Center in St. Paul, Virginia. UVA's work on a grassroots effort known as the Clinch River Valley initiative set the process in motion and provided a foundation for the grant application.
Researchers at UVA are bringing industry partners to the table to create cutting-edge technologies that produce tangible value for society. At the Multifunctional Integrated System Technology Center (MIST) site in Charlottesville, researchers are helping indsutry solve practical problems and enhancing professional development opportunities for students.
The School of Data Science – UVA’s 12th school and the first established since 2007 – will position the University as a global leader in efforts to improve society through teaching and research based on the powerful, emerging field of data science.
The "Hire Virginia Job Fair" in Hampton Roads connected recent graduates of UVA to local employers looking to hire young talent. Coordinated by UVA's Career Center, the event represented a larger commitment by UVA to the Commonwealth to connect graduates to local employers.
Sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), undergraduate students can now complete courses within a "cybersecurity focal path," preparing them to fulfill workforce needs in Virginia and beyond.
UVA researchers founded Teachstone® to provide assessment and professional development for educators through the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®). The method has been broadly adopted at the state and national level in the US and in 45 countries. In May of 2018, Teachstone announced a partnership with KinderCare Education®, the nation's largest provider of early childhood education and child care.
The College of Arts and Sciences created The New College Curriculum 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.