Looking more like a corporate headquarters than a school, The Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration is nestled in Franklin County, twenty miles south of Roanoke, Virginia, and just south of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. The school building’s corporate look and feel are part of an intentional design to expose students to a work environment.

The Gereau Center offers Franklin County’s student population experience with new, information-based technologies that are represented among the regional industry base. The Gereau Center’s uniqueness is derived from the way district leaders were able to envision changes in the skills necessary for the emerging workforce and bring together several components at once: curriculum development, state-of-the-art hardware and software, parent and industry involvement, and a building designed to support the infusion of technology into learning.