Virginia Union University Announces Workforce Development and Technical Training Initiative

December 1, 2021
Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University (VUU), a nationally-ranked HBCU located in Richmond, Virginia, recently announced its Board of Trustees has granted preliminary approval of VUU’s Workforce Development and Technical Training Initiative. The new academic entity within VUU will offer a two-year program for individuals who wish to obtain an associate’s degree or a certification in specialized studies with an expected launch date of June 2022.

“The Workforce Development and Technical Training Initiative aligns perfectly with our mission and our 2025 vision,” says Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union University. “The pandemic changed the business model of higher education, and this initiative is our direct response. By offering both an associate’s degree option and a certification program in specialized fields, we can offer higher education to those individuals who may not have otherwise been able to attend college, thus putting them on the path toward achieving a successful future.”

The initiative will meet the needs of those individuals who choose to gain experience outside of a four-year degree program. It will provide an all-encompassing educational experience and one-stop for individuals to further their education. Advanced Placement high school students and high school graduates will be eligible to apply and complete their associate’s degree. From there, they have the option to continue study and transition into VUU to pursue a major, participate in internships, and study abroad before graduating in four years with their bachelor’s degree.

“Offering additional educational programs will create a strong pipeline to VUU and help meet the needs of the 21st century student who requires more flexibility and more options,” says Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of the VUU Board of Trustees. “And, as an alumni, it is both humbling and rewarding to serve the community of this university and play a role in its future.”

About Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advance liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit for more information.

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