Rival colleges collaborate with Newport News education center

Jordan Crawford | 8/21/2013, 3:55 p.m.
The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are partnering to open a jointly operated Newport News education center.
Center directors, Lubin and Cullen, speak at University of Virginia-Virginia Tech Newport News Center launch reception.

"I have to admit in the last few years, I have bought more than my share of pizza," Cullen said.

Classes will start this fall. The Newport News center is the final piece of U.VA’s push to co-locate its regional centers with other schools, to reduce costs by sharing classroom and office space and to offer adults more convenient access to a wider variety of higher education offerings.

A bachelor’s degree program in conjunction with Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton is also being offered by the new education center. Programs include leadership and management, marketing and communications, organizational development and human development.

Providing regional centers throughout the commonwealth so that citizens can obtain certificates and degrees supports the objectives of Governor McDonnell’s 2011 Higher Education Opportunity Act, which calls for 100,000 more degrees to be awarded over the next 15 years.

“We’re looking forward to working together to provide a better service to the community,” said Cullen.

The emblem for the University of Virginia Tech- Virginia Tech Newport News Center is a popular flag which shows the logos of the universities divided by a diagonal line.

"It's not often that the two are together without rivalry," said Mayor Price. "I'm pleased to tell you in Newport News we now have a united house."

Although the flag is supposed to represent a house divided, the school directors opt to see it as one combined.