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of Education in
There's a lot going on here, much of which will affect you
directly in one way or another.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAN SMITH
THE ROANOKE VALLEY'S EDUCATIONAL component is in an
almost-constant state of flux, sometimes trailing national trends, often
moving closer to the front.
The most recent dramatic advance is the Regional Acceleration and
Mentoring Program, or RAMP, a business accelerator that is the rage
in technology corridors nationally. RAMP, however, is not the only
movement on the knowledge train.
* Roanoke College and Hollins are celebrating simultaneous 175th
birthdays. Hollins University just introduced a new president, its 12th.
* Roanoke City Schools' graduation rate continues its impressive
improvement, up more than 30 percentage points.
* Jefferson College and Virginia Tech Carilion Medical College &
Research Institute (VTC) are expanding their influence almost geoTHEROANOKER.COM
metrically, the latter earning an international reputation.
* Virginia Western Community College's megatronics program is
attracting the attention of the business community.
* The valley's for-profit post-secondary schools offer job training
that results in a lot of jobs.
* The choice of public and private elementary and high schools in
the valley remains impressive, with college preparation a primary goal.
* A new business incubator in Vinton, headed by the estimable
Annette Patterson, is taking care of special clientele, with instruction
from seasoned business professionals as a central goal.
* Roanoke's Higher Education Center has a new director-only its
second-and the same impressive educational mission that has served
nearly 100,000 people so far.
Here is a look at the components:
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