With over twenty percent of its workforce tied to manufacturing and technology,
Virginia's Region 2000 continues to experience an accelerated demand for engineers
and skilled laborers. AREVA's former CEO, Tom Christopher, estimates that the
nuclear power firm will require 800 additional engineers, 400 of whom would be in
Lynchburg, over the next five years. According to Christopher, "Our needs and
those of other local companies cannot be satisfied without changes in the number
of engineers produced by the education system. We rely heavily on the Virginia
Region 2000 workforce. The talent is here, we just have to provide the
educational opportunities in order to meet the demands."
Because Region 2000 employers prefer hiring local talent for local jobs, many
have expressed interest in hiring local engineering students for their
engineering internship positions. Information about participating companies'
opportunities is available below: