Tazewell County’s education philosophy is that all children and students are unique and they must have a stimulating education environment where they can grow physically, intellectually and emotionally.  Our education staff is caring and dedicated professionals displaying immense sincerity in student development.  From workforce technical training to colleges and universities that offer master’s and doctorate-level programs, Tazewell County is located in an area with diverse and prolific higher education options.  Our educational system is not only there to meet the career aspirations of the students, but also listens to the needs of the business community and provides solutions for our county to be ready for the future.


Bluefield University

Bluefield University believes that passion makes life worth living!  The pursuit of passion allows for the accomplishment of goals and dreams.  Whether the student has identified their passion or is looking for a place to discover it, Bluefield College is a place that is dedicated to their pursuit of passion.  BC offers a challenging academic experience within a diverse Christian environment.


Southwest Virginia Community College

Southwest Virginia Community College, located near Richlands / Cedar Bluff, Virginia, awards the following degree options. Courses are delivered on-campus or online. Enjoy an academically excellent, and convenient, program path to career goals.

  • Associate of Arts & Sciences degree (AA&S)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Career Studies Certificate (CSC)
  • Certificate & Diploma

Economic Solutions

  • The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Confidential counseling to start and grow YOUR small business
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • Obtain and manage government contracts
  • Workforce Solutions

The Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology Division at Southwest provides top quality courses to meet the educational needs of its students and their goals. The Division also provides trained manpower for the service region through curricula designed to meet the needs of the service region business community.


Bluefield State College

Engineering Technology education focuses on the applications aspects of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in that portion of the technological spectrum closest to the product improvement, manufacturing, and engineering operational functions.  The engineering technology programs offer associate and baccalaureate degrees in a variety of technological fields.  Associate degrees may be earned in architectural, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering technology.  Graduates of these programs are trained for job entry at the technician level into industry, utilities, government, or engineering, construction, and architectural firms.


Concord University

Established in 1872, Concord University is a four-year public liberal arts institution located in Athens, West Virginia.  Concord’s 123-acre setting in the scenic West Virginia mountains has earned the nickname “The Campus Beautiful”.

The University provides rigorous programs, primarily at the baccalaureate level, which prepare students to pursue various graduate study and career options and to assume leadership and professional roles in a multicultural society.  In keeping with its tradition of service to the region, Concord offers a limited number of carefully selected graduate degrees.

The mission of Concord University is to provide a quality, liberal arts based education, to foster scholarly activities, and to serve the regional community.


Virginia Tech

Technological innovation is the value added that will ensure the future of American industry.  Virginia is home to a rich array of intellectual and business assets in industry and universities that work well together.  Virginia Tech provides the Commonwealth with advanced research activities of national and international significance, as well as the human and intellectual capital to put those innovations to work in the marketplace.


UVA Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia.  The college is recognized as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation.  The only branch campus of the University of Virginia, College at Wise was founded in 1954 and currently enrolls over 2,000 students.

It is home to Virginia’s only undergraduate degree program in software engineering and offers 33 majors, 39 minors, 24 teaching licensures, and several pre-professional study tracks.


STEM Education—Secondary School


  • Principals of Physics
  • Advanced and Honors Physics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Science
  • Advanced and Honors Chemistry


  • Oracle
  • Database Fundamentals and Structured Query Language
  • Advanced Computer Science
  • Game Design and Development
  • Amplify CS-Advanced Java Computer Science
  • Programming
    • Alice
    • Game Maker
    • Flash
    • Visual,, Java, C+, C++


  • Drafting
  • CAD
  • Welding (and advanced)
  • Engineering and Robotics (and advanced)
  • Introduction to Engineering Methods and Programming


  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Applied Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • Mathematical Analysis