Education & Workforce Training
The Orange County Public School system strives to excel in its programs and to foster successful students and productive citizens. Over 70 percent of its graduates continue with higher education either in vocational programs, Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree programs.
The Career & Technology Education (CTE) program offered by Orange County High School (OCHS) includes courses in: Agriculture, Business and Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Technology Education, and Trade and Industrial Education. More than half of the OCHS Class of 2011 attended a Career Tech program.
The Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School (BRVGS) is available to a limited number of students at OCHS. Students who successfully complete the BRVGS curriculum, which will include specific, technologically-delivered courses as well as existing Honors and Advanced Placement high school courses, receive a Governor’s School seal on their diplomas upon graduation.
Germanna Community College, at the north end of the county, offers a vast curriculum, including an accredited nursing program. The campus includes a virtual hospital equipped with high fidelity simulation technology. The College has recently entered into a "guaranteed admission" agreement with the University of Virginia's School of Nursing to begin fall 2014. (Read article here.) High school students may also enroll in Germanna courses, either through the Dual Enrollment program offered at Orange County High School and other area schools, or by applying for special admission to other programs of the college.
Several major reputable universities are within an hour’s drive of Orange: Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia and the University of Mary Washington. Universities and colleges such as James Madison University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Radford University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Longwood, and the College of William and Mary are within an easy two to three hours’ drive.
- Germanna Community College (Locust Grove)
- Germanna Community College (Locust Grove) - Go to the Center for Workforce & Community Education Jan - Jun 2014 Class Schedule
- Piedmont Virginia Community College (Charlottesville) - Go to Workforce Services
Colleges & Universities
- University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
- University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg)
- Strayer University (Fredericksburg)
- James Madison University (Harrisonburg)
- Randolph-Macon College (Ashland)
- University of Richmond (Richmond)
- Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
- Virginia Union University (Richmond)
- The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg)
|On-time graduation rate (Class of 2011)||90.2%|
|High school graduates continuing education (Class of 2011)||70.8%|
|Percentage of Orange County population age 25+ who are high school graduates||83.5%|
|Percentage of Orange County population age 25+ who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree||21.5%|
There are many workforce development facilities and resource centers in the region. Right in the Town of Orange, there is the Orange Workforce Center (OWC) that primarily serves to match job seekers with employers that have jobs to fill. Staff is also on hand to provide assistance with resume writing and interview skills.
Orange Workforce Center
127 Belleview Avenue
Orange, VA 22960
Phone: (540) 661-4654
On a regional level, the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) Workforce Center that serves Orange County is located in Charlottesville, VA. The VEC sponsors developmental workshops in the region as well as at the Orange Workforce Center and the main branch of the Orange County Library. A VEC Outreach Employment Specialist visits these offices to provide one-on-one assistance during regularly scheduled hours or by appointment.
VEC Charlottesville Workforce Center
2211 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: (434) 984-7630