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Southern Virginia Regional Transportation Project

sovacme transportation mapThe Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) and its education and industry partners observed that lack of transportation is a chief barrier to education and employment in the Southern Virginia region. Citizens are faced with limited options for travel within and across the region, which includes the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottaway, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward, with major activity centers in South Boston, Danville and Keysville. Existing transit operations are geographically limited, on-demand, and/or serve limited segments of the population.

In response, SVHEC leadership approached the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transport to request assistance with a feasibility study to determine the need and potential for a regional fixed route public transit system in Southern Virginia that would connect existing local transportation systems and bridge the gap to mobility across the region. With matching support from the Southern Virginia Educational Foundation, the SVHEC and the VDRPT launched the feasibility study in January 2016. The project engaged the KFH Group, headquartered in Bethesda, MD to conduct the feasibility study and prepare a comprehensive report of the findings.

ODU Bringing Fast Track Teacher Certification Program to SVHEC

With a bachelor's degree and three year's work experience, Old Dominion University's Career Switcher Program could have you in a classroom in less than a year.

teacher2Old Dominion University is bringing its Career Switcher--Alternative Path to Licensure—program to the SVHEC. The unique offering allows individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any area and at least three years of work experience to become a certified teacher in less than one year.

“The SVHEC is thrilled to bring the ODU Career Switcher Program to Southern Virginia. This unique, accelerated program will help fill critical teaching positions with licensed teachers in the shortest amount of time. This is a great opportunity for those who want a career that makes a difference in our community,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, SVHEC Executive Director.

There is a state-wide teacher shortage, with the Virginia Department of Education reporting 935 positions going unfilled in the 2017-2018 school year. Public school administrators in Southern Virginia indicate this trend is continuing.