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.

Our Accomplishments

IALR collaborates with organizations across Southern Virginia to drive economic transformation and regional growth.
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 IALR in October 2022, the debut of the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Summit East brought more than 200 producers, educators, scientists, engineers, developers, extension specialists and other industry members together.
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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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Upcoming Events

25 Sep
AmeriCorps Open Interviews
Sep 25 @ 9:00AM - 4:00PM
26 Sep
SPTC Tips and Tricks for Cyber Security
Sep 26 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
27 Sep
Career ChoICE Expo West
Sep 27 @ 8:00AM - Sep 28 @ 5:00PM
28 Sep
Group Tour of IALR Campus
Sep 28 @ 11:30AM - 12:30PM
17 Oct
24 Oct
Group Tour of IALR Campus
Oct 24 @ 11:30AM - 12:30PM

Institute Conference Center

Serving Excellence

Our Facilities and Services

Economic Development

Building a Bold Future

Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

Our Impact

IALR strives to significantly impact the communities we serve. Through advanced learning, manufacturing advancement, applied research, economic development and the Institute Conference Center, we bring together the many diverse resources of both public and private entities at the regional and statewide levels. Read below for some of our accomplishments in FY 21-22.

IALR in Action

IALR serves as an agent of growth by focusing on supporting and encouraging the Southern Virginia region’s economic transformation. Interact with the images below to see IALR in action.