Education (2012)

Institutions of Higher Education

Community Colleges

Rappahannock Community College and Germanna Community College offer continuing education and associate degrees in a variety of programs and disciplines. In addition, both colleges offer workforce development training and programs for existing and new business locating into the county.

Colleges & Universities

University of Mary Washington, located in Fredericksburg (18 miles), offers both undergraduate and graduate studies. In January 2012, the University of Mary Washington opened a new campus in Dahlgren. The University of Mary Washington-Dahlgren Campus, Center for Education and Research, is designed to support the continuing educational and professional development of the region's engineers, scientists, and administrative professionals. It is expected that the university's presence will facilitate the establishment of a viable research presence and contribute to long-term regional economic growth and development. Currently, Old Dominion University offers telecourses and distance learning opportunities at the new Dahlgren Campus.

Strayer University, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University and the University of Richmond are within easy commuting distance, and offer graduate and post graduate degrees.

Vocational / Workforce Training

King George Public Schools, working with Rappahannock Community College, provide vocational education curriculum's for high school students geared to meet the needs of the business base.

The Department of Business Assistance through its Virginia Jobs Investment helps offset recruiting and training costs incurred by companies that are either creating new jobs or implementing technological upgrades.