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Wise County Educational Opportunities

Public Secondary Schools

     From thirteen sites, the Wise County School Division offers a full range of K-12 programs serving more than 7000 students.  The school division also operates a distance-learning center, which serves students via satellite in other Virginia school divisions and other states throughout the United States.  Fiber-optic interactive classrooms located in the high schools also strengthen the quality of course offerings by enabling students (including adult learners) to enroll in course work delivered from distant sites.

Vocational-technical training and support is available through the Wise County Career Technical Center.   The Career Technical Center offers a wide variety of course programs for public school students, which include design and technology, drafting, graphic communications, and electronic technology.  The learning process includes such technological advances as fiber optics, laser, robotics, and aerodynamics.   Regularly scheduled programs include many other trade skills programs common to the business and industrial community.  Various adult evening classes are offered based on interest and enrollment.

    Wise County Public Schools

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Private Secondary Schools

  • Wise County Christian School - Wise, Virginia is a fully accredited, inter-denominational school offering grades 4K-12.  The curriculum aims primarily to teach children Christianly while accenting a strong academic, college preparatory program.  

    The 4K program is new and is targeted toward establishing readiness skills for 5K. This effort makes starting school a pleasure. In addition to academic quality, WCCS offers many opportunities through its inter-scholastic athletic program.

  • House of Prayer Christian School
    1209 Cumberland Avenue
    PO Box 916
    Big Stone Gap, VA  24219

    House of Prayer Christian School is a private Christian school using the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program for grades K-12th.  Students use individualized curriculum and must meet minimum requirements before being placed to the next level.

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Colleges & Universities

  • Mountain Empire Community College - Big Stone Gap, Virginia

         Mountain Empire Community College is recognized throughout the region as a provider of quality career and technical education.

    In keeping with its economic development mission, MECC offers degrees with certificates in high demand occupational and technical programs.

    In addition to career counseling, students are provided opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, and job placement.  MECC's Center for Workforce Development, which houses the Small Business Development Center, delivers customized training services in response to business and industry needs.

  • University of Virginia's College at Wise - Wise, Virginia

         The University of Virginia is consistently rated the top public university in the country.   The University of Virginia's College at Wise is the University of Virginia's only branch.  UVa. was founded on Thomas Jefferson's principles of a liberal arts education, UVa-Wise is the embodiment of Jefferson's "academical village."   Inspired by Jefferson's vision, local citizens worked with the University to establish a college in the mountains in 1954. 

    Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UVa-Wise offers baccalaureate degrees in 23 liberal arts and professional programs of study.   More than 1,500 students study at UVa-Wise's 350-acre main campus in Wise, at the college's UVa-Wise Abingdon location, and at various off-campus sites throughout Southwest Virginia.

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Other Schools & Institutions in the Vicinity

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