Training the Next Generation of Innovators

The Innovation Corridor is home to a successful medical school program. Opened in 2010, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has graduated five classes of 40+ physicians, achieving a 100 percent residency match rate. In the coming years, the medical school is expected to expand significantly. In addition to preparing new physicians for successful careers, Carilion Clinic and VTC also offer competitive residency and fellowship training opportunities in 32 different specialties.

In addition, the Roanoke Higher Education Center’s member institutions offer more than 200 healthcare-related academic programs, including nursing, health care management, and speech language pathology. Radford University and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences at Carilion Clinic offer a variety of degrees aimed at training the next generation of nurses, occupational therapists, and physician assistants.

Virginia Western Community College is helping meet the Innovation Corridor’s workforce needs by offering a broad range of certifications and degrees in health sciences, nursing, computer science, and engineering. In Spring 2019, VWCC will open a $30 million STEM Facility that will house 72,000 square feet of resources dedicated to mechatronics, computer science, organic chemistry, and engineering.