The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves as a regional catalyst for economic transformation. The mission will be accomplished through applied research, advanced learning, economic development, manufacturing advancement and conference services.


Driving Economic Transformation is at the heart of everything we do at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Learn how we discover breakthroughs, create opportunity, grow innovation, power progress and host excellence. Each of our divisions plays a critical role in preserving and delivering this mission on a daily basis.

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Our Impact

Through advanced learning, manufacturing advancement, applied research, economic development and the IALR Conference Center, we bring together the many diverse resources of both public and private entities at the regional and statewide levels.

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Upcoming Events

16 Jul
Sterling Summit 2024
Jul 16 @ 5:00PM - Jul 19 @ 5:00PM
30 Jul
Loop & Learn: Beginner’s Crochet Class
Jul 30 @ 5:30PM - 8:30PM
28 Aug
RASAP 2024 Summer Conference: Marijuana
Aug 28 @ 9:00AM - 4:00PM
01 Oct
18 Oct
RISE Regional Innovation Summit for Entrepreneurs
Oct 18 @ 8:00AM - Oct 19 @ 3:00PM

Our Accomplishments

IALR collaborates with organizations across Southern Virginia to drive economic transformation and regional growth.
Virginia’s Premiere Event Venue Hosts Conferences, Retreats and More
With over 25,000 square feet of premier, flexible meeting and event space, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) Conference Center is Southern Virginia’s premiere event venue for small to large meetings, classroom training, corporate retreats, multi-day conferences and more.
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2023 Apprenticeship Awards
During National Apprenticeship Week 2023 (Nov. 13-17), the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) acknowledged some of the organizations providing quality registered apprenticeship opportunities in Southern Virginia. Staff "popped in" on several of these partners to provide them with their 2023 ExTRA Awards.
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2023 Summer Internship Program
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) hosted 17 summer interns for an eight-week, paid experience during the Summer of 2023. From recent high school graduates to students pursuing their master’s degrees, these interns worked in various divisions and departments across our organization.
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Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Summit East
Hosted at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), the annual Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Summit East brings hundreds of producers, educators, scientists, engineers, developers, extension specialists and other industry members together. Building alliances, sharing information and forging new connections are key themes that drive the success of the event.
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Endophyte Research
A unique venture at the forefront of biostimulant research, the Plant Endophyte Research Center at IALR leverages private and public partnerships and funding to study how endophytes can enhance agricultural production.
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Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing (ATDM)
A consortium among partners such as the U.S. Department of Defense, IALR, Danville Community College, Phillips Corporation and The SPECTRUM Group, ATDM is a prototype for rapidly developing skilled workers to enter the defense industrial base.
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Advanced Machining Training 
A collaborative, industry-driven model, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Danville Community College offer a seven-month, advanced-level Integrated Machining Technology training program. Thanks to qualified instructors and state-of-the art technology and training sites, this program has enabled 120 students to take their advanced machining skills training and knowledge to the next level since 2015.
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