Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

Professional Development

Continuing Education

Non-credit Continuing Education Courses, short courses, conferences, and seminars are available at the Center in a variety of areas. Contact the Center for a current list of offerings.

Employee Training, Development, and Needs Assessment

Virginia Tech's Division of Continuing Education provides complete on-site training, employee development, needs assessment, and technical assistance to local companies and agencies. Contact us to find out how to arrange for these services.


Interested in Just Taking a Class?

Virginia Tech created the non-degree program for individuals who want to take graduate level courses and not necessarily complete a degree. Most graduate degree programs allow individuals to take up to twelve credit hours (typically four classes) as a non-degree student.

For more information, contact the Center at (276) 619-4311 or (276) 619-4310.

Current course offerings can be found on the University Registar website:

Select "Western" as the campus and then select the "term" you are interested in taking a course. Fall semester begins in late August and runs through early December. Spring semester begins in January and runs through the beginning of May. The University also has a number of summer opportunities, which run May through August.

Online Classes

With Virginia Tech Online you can learn from home, your office, or anywhere you have access to the Internet. Courses are offered in a variety of topics. Check out the website for a complete list of courses: None of these degree programs require attendance on campus. If you are interested in something that is not listed above, please let us know. New programs are frequently being added.