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The VTC Research Institute will also double its physical footprint in the next few
years, backed by state funding. Noting that
25 brain research teams are now located on
South Jefferson Street, Morrill says the facility "filled up faster than anybody thought."
The Research Institute anchors the Innovation Corridor envisioned from the TechCarilion campus to the RAMP building just
past Jefferson College of Health Sciences
(another Carilion Clinic asset). Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) provides
faculty support for RAMP and the RoanokeBlacksburg Technology Council is developing mentorship programs.
VWCC's Mechatronics program-a marriage of the mechanical and electronic/computer worlds-has drawn praise from Governor McAuliffe as the type of curriculum that
can prepare someone for a good-paying job
without a four-year degree.
of the mechanical and
worlds-has drawn praise
from Governor McAuliffe
as the type of curriculum
that can prepare
someone for a goodpaying job without a fouryear degree.
Eldor Manufacturing, the Italian auto
parts maker that will open a plant in Botetourt County, and Deschutes Brewery, slated
to develop its east coast home in Roanoke
City, were swayed in part by the college's
Mechatronics program, which they saw as
a pipeline to higher-skilled workers. There
is no greater cheerleader for workforce development in the Roanoke Valley than Virginia Western president Dr. Bobby Sandel;
many for-credit and certificate tracks at
VWCC were developed with input from local
Deschutes and another west coast beer
maker, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
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