Prince William County’s robust talent pipeline is ensuring that it is well-positioned to supply the growing workforce demands of the future.
There is no shortage of continuing education options in Prince William County. George Mason University – the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, headquartered in Northern Virginia – located its Science & Technology Campus in Innovation Park and is preparing to open its new Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center in Belmont Bay.
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the largest educational institution in Virginia and second largest community college in the country, recently opened its 55,000 sq. ft. Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training in Woodbridge, Virginia. The facility is aimed towards keeping businesses competitive by ensuring a ready supply of appropriately skilled workers with particular focus on cybersecurity, the medical community and logistics.
The Prince William County Schools system is the second largest of 132 school divisions in Virginia, with 94 schools -- 57 elementary schools, 16 middle schools and 11 high schools. All 11 high schools rank among the nation’s Top 10 percent of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”, according to the Newsweek/Washington Post “Challenge Index.”
George Mason University Science & Technology Campus
Established in 1997, George Mason University’s Prince William County Campus offers quality education across Northern Virginia. Located in Innovation Park, Prince William, Virginia the 134-acre Science & Technology Campus serves more than 8,000 students and is home to a number of innovative facilities including the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning (The EDGE), Hylton Performing Arts Center, and the Biomedical Research Laboratory.
As a major research university, Mason’s Science & Technology Campus plays a major role in the school’s research efforts, conducting research on-site are the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM), the Center for Biomedical Genomics (CBMG), the Center for the Study of Genomic Liver Diseases (CGLD), the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID), and the MicroBiome Analysis Center.
Expanding its presence in Prince William County, Mason recently broke ground on a 45,000 square foot, LEED gold environmental research and education facility called Potomac Science Center, which will be located at the edge of the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers in Belmont Bay.
For more information about the George Mason University’s Science & Technology Campus, please visit http://scitechcampus.gmu.edu/.
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses, including Manassas and Woodbridge campuses, both located in Prince William County.
- The Manassas Campus offers a variety of academic programs, continuing education classes, events and campus facilities to more than 10,000 students each year.
- Among the distinctive programs offered at Manassas are the Early Childhood Education program through the Communications Technologies and Social Sciences Division and the Biotechnology and Computer Science program via the Science and Applied Technologies Division.
- The Woodbridge Campus offers a variety of academic programs, continuing education classes, events and facilities to more than 11,000 students each year.
- The Woodbridge Campus offers distinctive programs including Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Web Development, including the Master Math Lab, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in addition to many other degree and certificate programs.Stratford University
For more information about Northern Virginia Community College, please visit www.nvcc.edu.
Stratford University’s Woodbridge Campus is easily accessible from I-95 and offers programs in high-demand fields such as information technology, hospitality, culinary arts, baking and pastry, business, nursing, and health sciences.
For more information about Stratford University and its local campus in Prince William County, please visit http://www.stratford.edu/.
Strayer University’s Manassas College Campus is located just off I-66 at Route 234, in the Battlefield Business Park. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered at the Manassas campus in high-demand fields that will support any business including accounting, business, education, health services administration, information systems, and public administration.
For more information about Strayer University and its local campus in Prince William County, please visit http://www.strayer.edu/.
East Coast Polytechnic Institute (ECPI) University
Located just off I-66, ECPI University’s Northern Virginia campus offers a number of programs which
provides focus on a number of the County’s targeted sectors including networks security, electronics engineering, mechatronics and advanced manufacturing, IT management, business administration and others.
For more information about ECPI and its local campus in Prince William County, please visit http://www.ecpi.edu/locations/northern-virginia-virginia.
Prince William County Public Schools
As the second largest school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County Public Schools is home to 93 schools employing approximately 10,381 school teachers, administrators, and staff that serve approximately 85,055 students throughout the county.8 Prince William County schools have been ranked among the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance and ING, for three years in a row. The school system includes:
- 12 high schools
- 16 middle schools
- 57 elementary schools
- 3 special education schools
- 2 alternative schools
- 2 traditional schools
- 1 K-8 school
For more information about Prince William County Public Schools, please visit http://pwcs.edu/
Governor’s School program
The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park provides an alternative learning environment in a university-setting designed to meet the needs of academically talented and highly motivated learners. The STEM program provides a uniquely designed integrated science, math, engineering, andtechnology curriculum with real world research and application opportunities.
Students attending The Governor’s School will be engaged in multiple opportunities to develop their leadership skills and potential by applying their intellectual design based on research into action proposals. For more information please visit: https://governors.pwcs.edu