creating opportunity

Creating opportunity on a daily basis, the Advanced Learning team delivers educational and talent development initiatives centered on meeting the needs of regional employers. As the region’s epicenter for training and educating a skilled workforce, IALR collaborates with numerous partners to inspire, develop, credential and support advanced learning opportunities across the region—aiding economic transformation by generating a skilled pipeline of talent.

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Vice President, Advanced Learning

Julie Brown, Ph.D.

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Office: 434.766.6711
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Meet The Team


We start inspiring PreK-12 students when we foster their exploration of potential career paths and exposure to STEM learning opportunities. From GO TEC career-building courses and class field trips to an annual Career Choice Youth Expo, scholarships, internships and much more, we offer various options for teachers and parents to engage and prepare our future leaders.

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Supporting college students

College is a critical, life-defining experience and one we are proud to support with research projects, internships, scholarships and more. Discover how we can help the college student in your life maximize his or her potential and resume before entering the workforce or preparing for graduate school.

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developing talent

Through various programs and partnerships, IALR leads talent development efforts and initiatives for adults across the region. Learning opportunities exist for all stages of life and work, including those about to enter the workforce, incumbent workers and professionals, and retirees. Peruse our programs for professional development and learning options.

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promoting credentials

Promoting industry-recognized credentials leads to an educated, trained and workforce-ready community, which is appealing to existing, new and prospective industry. IALR proudly champions opportunities like National Career Readiness Certification, certification as a Community Health Worker and more.

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Our Impact

Career Expo Student Participants
The Expo is coordinated by the Institute and serves regional students.
AET & PGS Students
The Academy for Engineering and Technology and Piedmont Governor’s School are hosted at the IALR.
STEM Participants
The Institute offers high-quality STEM outreach opportunities throughout the year on and offsite.
STEM-H Summit Attendees
Opportunities for students, teachers and business leaders to advance their STEM-H skills
Service Hours
Dan River Year AmeriCorps members provided service hours throughout Southern Virginia.
"We have two interns, and we would absolutely hire them. They have been fantastic overall—polite, motivated and hard workers."
Robin Marcato / Danville Historical Society
"Overall, this internship has been a great experience for the Chamber and for our intern. We look forward to hosting interns again in the future."
Crystal Hairston / Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
"The EmPOWER framework has been instrumental in connecting Sovah Health with our local students to showcase the breadth of healthcare career opportunities available right here in our community.  "
Corey Santoriello / Sovah Health
"Being able to participate in the Career ChoICE, AspHIRE Mock Interview Day, and Summer Internships through the IALR has been an invaluable addition to the work of PATHS and the South Central AHEC. These programs keep us coming back, as they have allowed us to connect with, inspire, and support…"
Anjanette Farmer / PATHS
"This EMT apprenticeship program will benefit the participants by providing mandatory training for an EMT position. Adding a cohort of new EMTs like this enables the Danville Life Saving Crew to grow its team and provide qualified emergency medical personnel for our community. Working with Tori and the Institute has…"
Johnny Mills / Danville Life Saving Crew
"We believe that apprenticeship programs like this are essential to our future success. We understand that by investing in the next generation of talent, we are not only shaping our own success but fostering a culture of learning and development. Our apprenticeship programs are not just a part of our…"
Neville Moe / Litehouse Foods
"I can’t speak highly enough of all the help we have received from IALR in getting our apprenticeship program started. It’s been wonderful. When you as an employer invest back into your workforce, you see huge returns."
Justin Hylton / Southside Mechanical Services
"“Something that was beneficial for me was learning to ask questions at the end of my interview.”"
Chasity Robertson / Nottoway County
""The trip to Asphire was both informative and fun. It helped me widen my horizon about the working field and opened my eyes to new possibilities.""
King Catubig / Lunenburg County
"The AspHIRE mock interview day provides valuable experience to high school students across Southern Virginia, exposing them to important workplace skills and allowing them to experience an authentic interview process."
Jessie Vernon / IALR
"IALR is the type of education facility that can transform a region."
Barry DuVal / Virginia Chamber
"Pittsylvania County Public Schools greatly appreciates the partnership established with the Advanced Learning Department of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. This department provides many STEM opportunities for teachers and students to extend learning and explore new areas."
Dr. Mark Jones / Pittsylvania County Public Schools

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