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December 12, 2012


Workforce Development http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/index.php

Foundations of AutoDesk Revit (CADD 2151) 6 week course (24 hrs) Class Dates: Mondays 6:00-10:00pm - 1/7/13-2/11/13. Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/revitfoundations.php

Intermediate AutoDesk Revit (CADD 2152) 8 week course (30 hrs) Class Dates: Mondays 6:00-10:00pm - 2/25/13-4/15/13. Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/intrevitarch.php

iPad for Business Workshop (held at VWCC Main Campus in Fishburn Hall F002)–January 10, 2013 (9:00am-11:00am) Limited Seating - Advanced Registration Required - To register: http://events.vastartup.org/events/843 For more details: Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Project Management Refresher Course (BUSC 2510) Class is designed for the students who have already completed the PMP Exam Prep class and wish to review the body of knowledge prior to testing. For more details: Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Project Management Exam Prep Course (BUSC 2507) This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of project management as defined within PMI.org, the accreditation body for project management. http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/pmpcert.php For more details: Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

QuickBooks for Business (ACC 295) - This in-depth workshop will help you succeed! - Tips and tricks for using QuickBooks to manage your accounting records, freeing up time for you to grow your business. Are you a small business owner who would like to learn computerized accounting? Have you been using QuickBooks and would like to learn how to use it better? - Class Dates: Friday evenings 5:30pm – 10:00pm – January 18, 25 and February 1, 2013 (Be sure to register early)http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/quickbooks.php  Contact: Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

MS Office Skills – The Next Level (ITEC 2348) – Held at the Franklin Center Learning key tips and tricks can greatly improve your efficiency and productivity. Numerous shortcuts, WORD 2010 ribbon basics, quick access toolbar, pictures, adding borders and shading paragraphs, mail merge the easy way. EXCEL 2010 ribbon basics, quick access toolbar, removing duplicates in lists, formulas and filters. Class Dates: Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm – January 24 – January31, 2013 (Be sure to register early)Contact Paulette Parkhill (540) 857-6514 pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

SAT Test Prep Course - Building Skills for Better Scores (EDUC 2150) 6 Week Classes meet on: Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Spring Session Dates: Option 1: 1/28/13 - 3/8/13 and Option 2: 3/12/13 - 5/3/13 For more details: Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Room and Resource Requests

Looking to schedule a campus location for a meeting or event? Unsure where to start?

Start by looking at the College Calendar to make sure the room you want to use is available. Find exactly what you need by searching for a specific date and location.

Rooms such as the Natural Science Center and Whitman Theater book quickly so it's a good idea to get your event on the calendar as soon as possible. In addition to reserving the space support departments such as the Media Geeks and FMS are booked out months in advance. Help us help you!

Contact Tara Nepper or follow this link to reserve your space at any ON-CAMPUS LOCATION. http://calendar.activedatax.com/virginiawestern/OpenEntryFacility.aspx?fid=1.  Some locations may require department/division approval but check the calendar link first and then contact Tara if you need help completing your request. You can also use this link to request resources from Campus Police (unlocking doors, parking, etc) and the Media Geeks (projector, lectern, microphone support, etc) for your event. Be sure to request the Campus Police resource if you need the door unlocked!

Contact Dana Asciolla if you need a computer lab, classroom or conference room at the ROANOKE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER downtown Roanoke.

Contact Cassandra Dove if you need a lecture hall, computer lab or formal conference room at the GREENFIELD EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER in Daleville.  http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/GreenfieldCenter.php

Contact Mike Greer or Brenda Fichtner if you need a computer lab or classroom at the FRANKLIN COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER in Rocky Mount.

To reserve FMS resources use the FMS work order system or contact Hunter Wright.

Post submitted by Tara Nepper

Screen Ratio

Many of you may have noticed that the image on the screen in the classrooms is now wider than it is tall (much like a movie screen or newer television).  This ratio of wide to tall is called "Screen Ratio".  The standard that many of you are used to is 4:3.  This is an image that is nearly square, much like older televisions.  Unfortunately, though this screen ratio is little in use anymore, most PowerPoint slides are still being made to this ratio meaning either your slides don't fill the screen, or are stretched wide in an unappealing manner.   So, what do we do???

In Powerpoint, you can change your slides to be 16:9.  This is much closer to the actual ratio of your image in the classroom (and on most of your computers as well).  Do change the screen ratio:

1. Open PowerPoint

  1. Open PowerPoint
  2. Click on the Design tab at the top of the application
  3. Click on Page Setup
  4. Under "Slides sized for" select "On-screen Show (16:9)

Now your slides will be the right size and ratio.  Please note:  Most slides will look okay, but some are very likely to look very bad.  PowerPoint will do its best to move things around to fit, but it's not usually very good at it.   So, if you resize your slides, be sure to build in some time to tweak them all to make them look good.

If you make new slides, be sure to change to the new 16:9 ratio before you start designing your slides, and everything will turn out alright.

If you've got any questions about this, reach out to the Media Geeks.  We're always happy to help!


Do you want to know how we are progressing on our SACS reaffirmation? Would you like to get an overview of our preliminary implementation plan for our Advising Teamwork Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and provide feedback? 
Come to the Natural Science Center at noon on Wednesday, 12/12/2012.  This session is open to all faculty, staff, and students. We welcome your thoughts about the QEP and the next steps in the process.