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Dr. Pamela Randall, assistant professor and program director for Longwood University’s elementary education program at New College Institute, provides program information to prospective students.

Starting fall 2020, Longwood University will offer two new bachelor degree programs in South Boston at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). The degrees available will be a bachelor’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in elementary education.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session on July 11 or Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. to meet with Longwood program coordinators and admissions staff to learn more.

“Longwood University was one of our first college partners, and we’re excited about their expanded presence at the SVHEC,” said Amy Cole, SVHEC director of programs and partnerships. “These new programs will allow people in Southern Virginia to pursue careers in areas where we currently have shortages, on a schedule that allows them to maintain their work and family commitments,” Cole continued.

Starting fall 2020, individuals with an associate degree and the necessary prerequisites will be able to complete a degree in liberal studies with licensure in elementary or middle school education or a degree in social work at the SVHEC. Both programs take five semesters to complete, with classes being held in the evenings to cater to working adults.

Individuals who do not hold an associate degree can take classes through Danville or Southside Virginia Community College at the SVHEC and apply to the Longwood programs once they earn an Associate of Arts and Sciences. Students who need community college classes are encouraged to start taking those classes fall 2019.

Students who hold an Associate of Science, Associate of Arts or an Associate of Arts and Sciences and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher will be guaranteed admission to the bachelor degree programs. Students must still earn a C or better to have a class accepted by Longwood as a transfer course.

Graduate level offerings

Longwood University’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) is bringing a master’s degree program in reading, literacy and learning to the SVHEC beginning fall of 2019. This graduate degree will allow current teachers to advance in their careers without leaving the area to complete their education.

Interested parties should contact graduate admissions at graduate@longwood.edu or 434-395-2380 as soon as possible.

Master’s degrees in business administration (MBA) and health and physical education also are offered through Longwood, fully online.

Visit www.longwood.edu/graduatestudies for more information on all graduate programs.

Longwood CGPS also offers professional development courses online. These courses are for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing teacher licensure, want professional development or are looking to expand their resume. Visit www.lancerlearning.com for a complete listing of all that is available or visit professionlstudies@longwood.edu or call 434-395-2140.

For more information on new Longwood University programs at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center or to register for the July 11 information session, call 434-572-5566 or email info@svhec.org.