Workforce & Education

Surry County provides a ready workforce.
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K-12 Education

Educational opportunities abound in Surry County beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing throughout adulthood.  Surry County has three school systems and one charter academy.

Higher Education

Dozens of top-ranked universities, colleges and community colleges are close buy. 

Workforce Training

Surry Community College supports economic development efforts by providing customized training for companies creating jobs in Surry County.

K-12 Education in Surry County

Surry County Schools
Educational opportunities abound in Surry County beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing throughout adulthood.  Surry County has three school systems and one charter academy.

There are 17 schools in the Surry County system including three high schools. A detailed report on each school can be found at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

Surry Early College High School of Design was established in 2006 on the campus of Surry Community College. The program is a collaborative effort among the three school systems in Surry County and Surry Community College. The mission of the re-designed high school is to provide opportunities for students from a diverse background to achieve a college education. Each year approximately 80 ninth graders are admitted. Students are able to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or two years of college transfer credit in five years. For the 2009-10 year, students scored an average of 1773 on the three portions of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).

Elkin City Schools
Elkin High School was awarded the Silver Medal and recognized as one of the top performing high schools nationwide. Elkin High School was also #2 in the state for having the highest graduation rate.

A detailed NC School Report Card on each school in the Elkin School system can be found on the link below or on the website of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Visit Elkin City Schools.

Mount Airy City Schools
Mount Airy City Schools ranked #7 in North Carolina in the number of students graduating in four years or less.   Other interesting statistics that distinguish the Mount Airy Schools can be found at this link: Did You Know?

A detailed NC School Report Card on each school in the Mount Airy School system can be found on the link below or on the website of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Visit Mount Airy City Schools.

Millennium Charter Academy

Millennium Charter Academy is an independent public school located in Mount Airy, NC. The school presently serves grades K-8.

A detailed report on Millennium Charter Academy can be found at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Visit Millennium Charter Academy.

Higher Education

Surry Community College

Surry Community College is an invaluable resource for economic development in Surry County. Having a well-trained workforce is critical to attracting and retaining high quality companies. Surry Community College offers many options for students to obtain the skills and education needed for today’s jobs. Through its Industrial Training Center, Surry Community College offers customized training for business and industry.

Check out the college brochure to learn about the programs available.

The main campus of Surry Community College is located at 630 S. Main Street in Dobson, NC The college also offers classes at the Yadkin Center in Yadkinville, NC and the Workforce Development Center in Mount Airy, NC.

In addition to the traditional classes offered at Surry Community College, distance education classes are available in several formats. Students may enroll in internet classes, hybrid courses, which combine face-to-face instruction with an internet component, and interactive video conferencing courses through the NC Information Highway.

Surry Community College supports lifelong learning.

Link to Performance Measures and Standards 2013-2014 Report for Surry Community College.

Area Colleges and Universities

Workforce Training

Customized Training at Surry Community College

Surry Community College supports economic development efforts by providing customized training for companies creating jobs in Surry County.  A well-trained workforce is essential for recruiting and retaining businesses in our county.  The college offers customized training for new and expanding businesses either on-site at the company’s location or at well-equipped facilities at Surry Community College or the Workforce Development Center.  For additional information about how your business can benefit from a customized training program, please contact:

Sam Brim
(336) 386-3684

Surry Community College Customized Training Program

The Customized Training Program consists of training avenues for job growth, productivity enhancement and continuous improvement. Additionally, opportunities are available for extra funding through Technology Investment.

NC Community College Customized Training Program

The NCWorks Customized Training Program provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing business and industry in North Carolina through our network of 58 community colleges, serving all 100 counties of the state. Our goal is to foster and support three key aspects of your company’s well-being: Job Growth, Technology Investment, Productivity Enhancement

Contact Us

Surry County Economic Development Partnership Inc. 1218 State St., Mt. Airy NC 27030
PO BOX 7128
336.401.9900

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