At The Institute, we focus on transforming the economy through applied research, advanced learning, workforce development, and collaboration with regional and state partners. We are a hub for innovation and celebrate the progress happening in Southern Virginia. Read our success stories to learn more.
The Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is a progressive precision machining training model that answers industry expressed needs for a highly skilled 21st century workforce. The program is a partnership between the Institute and Danville Community College (DCC).
Our polymer research is committed to the development and application of cutting-edge materials and assisting the region’s organizations in re-energizing the economy. IALR has invested in two distinct laboratories focused on the characterization and processing of polymer materials.
The Institute serves as the host site for two dual enrollment programs serving students in grades eleven and twelve in Danville and Pittsylvania County Public Schools. The Academy for Engineering and Technology (AET) is a partnership with New College Institute and Virginia State University serving 43 students with an emphasis on engineering.
The Institute joined forces with economic developers in the region to host the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) in a collaboration to create a strong economy that benefits the citizens of the Southern Virginia Region by promoting the Institute’s footprint through marketing and public relations efforts.
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has concluded one year of research with impressive results for participating Asian pear growers. The research is funded by a two-year Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) grant to study tree pruning methodology and fruit bagging techniques in Virginia Asian pear orchards to improve Asian pear yield and quality, and to develop a standard Asian pear training, pruning, and bagging system for Virginia farmers.
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research precipitates positive change while focusing on economic development for Southern Virginia in three key areas: applied research, advanced learning, and workforce development.