Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center


The Virginia Tech Southwest Center is housed in the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). Virginia Tech is a full partner with the SVHEC.

The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center supports the agency's mission of regional economic development. Hosting over 1300 events each year, the SVHEC offers 89,000 square feet of meeting space facilities, cutting-edge technology, and outstanding staff support.

The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center offers the meeting planner a sophisticated and high-tech conference environment.  Penny McCallum can assist you with your meetings, classes, seminars, or workshops in our technologically advanced instructional and meeting space, including classrooms that feature state-of-the-art technology, video conferencing, audiovisual equipment, two state-of-the-art computer labs, and access to wireless internet connections.


Versatile Conference and Meeting Spaces

  • 13,000 sq. ft. Grand Hall with concert-quality sound system
  • Tiered lecture auditorium (executive seating for 100)
  • U-Shaped Tiered Classroom (seating for 65)
  • Multiple meeting rooms (flexible seating for 15–60)
  • Board rooms
  • Computer labs
  • Reception areas
  • Technology, Equipment and Capabilities

  • High-speed ATM, ISDN, and IP capabilities
  • Broadband Internet connectivity
  • Video web streaming and global videoconferencing
  • Sound systems
  • Other Amenities

  • On-site food and beverage services
  • Excellent catering choices.
  • Large dance floor
  • Complimentary parking
  • Skilled Information Technology and Conference Services staff
  • About Our Location

    • Regionally convenient and accessible location.
    • Ideal destination — Unique cultural and recreational opportunities in Abingdon, Virginia.