Grant and Loan Resources for Business Recovery

Bedford County Economic Development

Office of Economic Development


Educational Attainment

One Program Student MicroscopeBedford County Schools prides itself on preparing students for employment after graduation. High School students are offered an internship course in which they can work several hours per week at a local industry and hundreds of students tour local industries annually to learn about careers. Plus, the Dual enrollment opportunities as well as the CTE and STEM Academy at Central Virginia Community College provide options for students to earn college credit or a certificate of completion for a trade while still in high school.

  • Bedford County’s on-time high school graduation rate for the Class of 2020 was 92%, which is nearly equal to the state rate of 92.3%. *Source: Virginia Department of Education
  • Thirty-one percent of Bedford County residents have a post secondary degree, with nearly 22% of them having a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Bedford County Virginia United States
No High School Diploma 2,979       7.4% 392,543 18,550,150
High School Graduate 11,658    28.9% 1,029,408 43,627,868
Some College, No Degree 9,080      22.5% 874,977 35,174,790
Associate’s Degree 3,789       9.4%  374,819 15,526,064
Bachelor’s Degree 7,941      19.7% 1,062,466 35,997,848
Post Graduate Degree 4,901       2.1% 770,727 20,961,560
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2020